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2011-08-18 13:20:42
bigtom
I did put up a Zephy/Steve folder and picture on the Vicki Fox Yahoo!
group. If it's unacceptable please alert me.
2011-08-18 20:11:00
VickiFox
I would probably rate this picture as PG-13. That is the highest rating
that is acceptable.
Funny picture. Thanks for posting.
2011-08-26 03:38:43
Stephan
Yikes! Poor Steve. :o I certainly like the way you've drawn his face
Bigtom, you've captured his shock and dismay. That's a great face on
Zephy too, her typically wicked smile. Plus I like the leg stance on
Steve; the indication that Zephy has surprised him as he was walking
into the room.

I sure hope she didn't pull this prank on him at church. I know it's
non-canon, but where would this have taken place?

BTW - Michael, can members of the Yahoo groups post comments for the
pictures? It's been a while since I was there and there's some other
good ones. In particular I like Gundaman's Vicki Fox as a 40's
gangster with a pink suit (In the 2010 folder). :)
2011-08-26 08:52:21
bigtom
It was inspired by this:
http://www.vickifox.com/Comics/index.php?050

Also by an old Andy Capp comic where Andy, dripping wet and naked out
of his bathtub, answers his front door and a salesman is there, asking
calmly, "Good afternoon. May I speak to Eve?"

I was thinking of the location being at church; that would also explain
the "Eve" reference.
2011-08-26 22:39:08
Gundaman
To Stephan--You liked my Vicki Fox gangster drawing? Thanks, that's
very nice of you to say. I had fun drawing her in that attire. :)

Oh, BTW, I really meant for Vicki's outfit to be a shade of purple, but
I guess I should have picked more carefully. I felt the purple colored
pencil I have was too dark, so I went another one. Oh, well, still
turned out good, though.
2011-08-29 07:35:50
Stephan
@Bigtom

[Chills run down my spine]. I wish I knew for certain that Zephy
wouldn't do such a thing, but it's not beyond the imagination.
Especially since Zephy appeared to be impressed by Steve for having
"streaked a funeral service" (or maybe it's my assumption that she liked
the idea).

This conversation from the story arc pretty much sums it up.
Vicky: "She's impossible."
Aussie: "No, the idea of you two being from the same litter is impossible."

I've always liked that story arc, including Steve's attempt to persuade
Zephy toward christianity. Maybe some day her ears will be more
receptive...

++ Gundaman said "To Stephan--You liked my Vicki Fox gangster drawing?
Thanks, that's
very nice of you to say. I had fun drawing her in that attire. :)
" ++
@Gundaman
I love it! You've done especially well with balance and proportion (two
things I'm terrible at) and Vicki's face is outstanding. The outfit is
nothing short of amazing! I'm very impressed with the line work; all
the little details on the jacket, skirt and vest, and also on her
footwear - very smooth, fine artwork.

With regard to the purple/pink issue, this might also be due to the type
of screen on my computer - it might be turning things up a bit bright.

@Michael. *Is* there anywhere we can post comments on the drawings in
the Vickifox yahoo group? I'm also interested in commenting on some of
the pictures in the art gallery on the Vickifox.com site. There's some
unexpected contributions there; Margaret Carspecken, Thomas Dye, Bill
Holbrook, Richard Matheson, Susan Parkin (Rankin?), DC Simpson, and
plenty of equally talented other artists that I'm yet to be acquainted
with. Are there larger versions? The detail is difficult to make out
in the small pics, particularly those that have speech bubbles.
2011-08-29 23:35:17
Gundaman
Thanks, Stephan. It was a fun drawing to make. And...well, I just
couldn't resist having Vicki wearing a pair of spats. For some reason,
I just like drawing them.

You think your computer screen might have something to do with the
color issue? I guess that's possible.
2011-08-30 00:15:07
VickiFox
@Stephan
The picture with Zephy is not one I would have thought of, but it is not
beyond something she might do.

Yahoo Groups does not allow comments on files. The groups only provide a
basic message forum. Unfortunately, during the early days of the group,
there was some spamming and misuse of the forum, so I had to turn it off.

The new Facebook page for Vicki does allow for posting images and
comment/like capability. That may be one option.

My work on the new Vicki web site, which will have all these features,
is progressing slower than a dead turtle. I have been looking into using
WordPress or Drupal, but neither supports the way I want to show the
comic strip or allow me to alter .htaccess to forward old links to new
pages. Anyway, I digress.


Carspeckens - I've been friends with them for over 15 years. Their
picture of Vicki at the drawing table is actually the second picture of
her and pre-dates the designs from Laura.

The rest of the pictures are convention sketches from the days in the
late 1990's when I was a regular at the various "furry" conventions.

Yes, there are larger versions because I have the original paper
artwork. I will have to rescan the artwork to get larger versions, and
I'm too lazy to do that.
2011-08-30 08:19:20
Stephan
++ Gundaman said "well, I just
couldn't resist having Vicki wearing a pair of spats. For some reason,
I just like drawing them." ++

@Gundaman
I didn't know what spats were until looking up the meaning today, though
I'm sure I've seen them before. Very interesting. They certainly do
look good on Vicki. It would be enjoyable if at some future point this
outfit might make it into a story within the main comic.

++ Michael said "The picture with Zephy is not one I would have thought
of, but it is not beyond something she might do" ++

@Michael
[More spine chills] Zephy is going to give me pneumonia at this rate. :o

++ Michael said "The new Facebook page for Vicki does allow for posting
images and comment/like capability. That may be one option."

I'll have to check out the Facebook link later - my internet connection
is performing poorly tonight. :(

++ Michael said "My work on the new Vicki web site, which will have all
these features, is progressing slower than a dead turtle. I have been
looking into using WordPress or Drupal, but neither supports the way I
want to show the comic strip or allow me to alter .htaccess to forward
old links to new pages. Anyway, I digress." ++

Not really digressing, I'm very interested in knowing about that.

++ Michael said "The rest of the pictures are convention sketches from
the days in the late 1990's when I was a regular at the various "furry"
conventions." ++

I'm thinking seriously about moving to Canada, with a goal of doing so
by about 2014 (it will take me at least that long to save up). Then
finally I'll be able to meet furries in the USA. Sydney's annual
furmeet is very small and informal by comparrison.

++ Michael said "Yes, there are larger versions because I have the
original paper artwork. I will have to rescan the artwork to get larger
versions, and I'm too lazy to do that." ++

[Big cheesy grin] I could do that for you! All you need to do is
entrust me with the paper copies via registered Australia Post. XD

Seriously, it's a pity they're on paper. No matter how good a scanner
it just never produces as sharp and clean an image as when a picture
begins its life in digital format.
2011-08-30 22:19:00
Gundaman
To Stephan--Wow, really? Well, I guess I don't blame you. Spats
aren't really something you see a lot of nowadays. But yeah, they do
look good on Vicki.

Hmmm...that outfit making it into a future story, someday? Now that I
would like to see! :)
2011-08-31 02:50:23
Stephan
It occured to me last night that Scrooge McDuck often wears spats, and
this certain fits in with Wikipedia's entry "The wearing of spats is
often used as symbolic shorthand to represent wealth, eccentricity or
both." It's also not surprising that a gangster would wear one.

Even if the outfit doesn't make it into the main comic, let me know if
you draw any of the other characters in similar costumes. Aussie,
Ceri, Meredith, Debbie, Cody, Zephy, Steve or Craig would look cute in
such a guise.

(I'm starting to feel a little guilty for hijacking the thread about
Bigtom's excellent picture of Zephy and Steve).
2011-08-31 09:05:45
DBoyWheeler
To bigtom and Stephan:

Slightly off-topic, but still appropriate to ask, have you seen my
collaboration with Gundaman? The one where one of my characters, Loki,
prank-calls the mayor?

Again, he did promise to give Vicki some time to save the bandstand, but
then greenlighted the demolition before Vicki had the chance to. And
out of "good conscience" (sarcasm) we couldn't let the breaking of a
promise go unpunished.
2011-08-31 20:38:42
Stephan
Hi DBoyWheeler!

Is that's what's in the YouTube video? I haven't had a chance to watch
it yet. YouTube is blocked on the computers at the office and I can't
use my iPhone because I'm on a limited monthly internet quota. I've
been meaning to over the last couple of nights but I've been caught up
in E-mails. I'll make a point of checking it out tonight (it's
currently 10:30am in New South Wales).
2011-09-01 08:38:38
Stephan
Hi again DBoyWheeler,

Sorry, I was confused between the video Bigtom posted, and your payback
sequence with the mayor.

I very much like your drawing style. You have a good eye for the
distinct features of each character, and a steady hand that lets you
draw them very smoothly, plus a good understanding of expressing the
right emotions on each one's face. You've chosen good background
colours as well, in that they start with soft calm colours and then
finish with vibrant red for the mayor's anger and a very jovial yellow
for everyone laughing.

I also like your character Loki. He fits in well with the situation,
and the Vicki Fox cast, with a character design that isn't
overly-complicated yet still has a recognisable form.

...and I'll bet that's one phone call the Mayor wont forget in a hurry! LOL
2011-09-04 08:26:34
Gundaman
Sure thing, Stephan, I'll let you know if I do.

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