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Nov 5, 2011 | 4:37 PM EDT
  • Daily 5th Place November 6, 2011

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***STRONGLY RECOMMENDED: WATCH IN FULLSCREEN***

***ALSO RECOMMENDED: WATCH THE PREVIOUS PARTS BEFORE THIS ONE***
The first three parts of the story are also available on Newgrounds or my website (www.basement-garden.co.u k), both linked through my profile.

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The Boy with Nails for Eyes is set in a grimy, grey little seaside town trapped by a brick-and-iron wall of factories. The story follows a young boy as he undertakes a quest that will draw him to the town's knotted heart, and into the domain of the shadowy hunger that stalks its streets.

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The story is best viewed in FULLSCREEN MODE, so that the text is clearly legibile without having to use the zoom function. Full instructions on viewing the story are given in the loading screen.

A lofi version of the comic, featuring the images and text only, is available on my website (www.basement-garden.co.u k), which is linked from my profile.

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Unfortunately the highest file dimensions allowed by Newgrounds is even smaller than the original file dimensions, so for this reason fullscreen is an even better idea.

Cheers

S

Reviews


YtakerYtaker

Rated 3 / 5 stars November 6, 2011

Needs beta testing.

Your pacing was off, and the format of the comic was terrible. It took me perhaps ten minutes to work out how to do anything in the comic. It should be intuitive. By having a visible move forward button.

Likewise, the extremely slow moving forward of mostly identical moving scenes is pretty weak.

The story could do well with voice acting too. It would add a lot of gravitas.

The story and graphics are pretty ok. You should keep that the same.



Neophyte-RoninNeophyte-Ronin

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars November 6, 2011

Boy whose Feet are Nailed Down

You know for a comic book project, this one has a very slow build. I mean it: this is taking almost forever. Not to say the pacing sucks or anything, but nothing conclusive or certain, lucid or enlightening has happened since The Boy WIth Nails for Eyes first began. This puts a major damper on someone's enjoyment of the series.

Anyway, if you haven't checked out the prior comics, it's almost required since this comic makes no sense without some background. It does detail and express the crippling anxieties of a severely troubled, lonely childhood rife with recurring nightmares and the bleak notion that the world will always end tomorrow. It's hard to take in without shutting off the lights in the room and, if you read aloud, then read aloud slowly.

The art direction, stellar as always, gets the Broken Saints treatment with moving elements and symbolic murals, combined with panels that fade into and atop of larger ones to form pages. If anything, this should be a reference on par with Tim Burton if you want to create a creepy cartoon.

Still, the sequence is just a very slow build and nothing has been concluded. The child steals a hammer from his father's toolbox, swears to see his face while peering into it (nothing was there), and then heads outside. To what? And why? Where exactly is this story taking us, or are we too stupid to grasp the complexities of the author's vision? People will snap at you for trying something new or unconventional, especially if it fails to complement the story; it's just in the way, in other words. Pair this with how the submission schedule has been less than thrilling. Although it doesn't look any worse than the prior submission, it doesn't look any better, so why the slow progress? (Other than life getting in the way...)

I'm still hanging onto the next part of "The Boy with Nails for Eyes" to see where this is going, but until then, I am calling this "The Boy whose Feet are Nailed Down" until someone pries those nails out of them. It'll hurt, but after a little limping you'll be walking faster than normal.


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deadpanneddeadpanned

Rated 5 / 5 stars November 5, 2011

A+ superb

@ Jahkrel in most of the frames u can just click and the text will appear along with all the images.

Superb artistic style. I would love to see this as an actual publication some day. Hopefully a local publisher will pick it up, if they ever do, let me know so i can get a copy.



JahkrelJahkrel

Rated 3 / 5 stars November 5, 2011

I found it

A little bit slow paced. Font is hard to read. and I think the font should show up as the pictures do. Or increase the speed of the pictures. That took away from the story.