YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KUZER 2 IS FINALLY HERE!
Sorry for the who-knows-how-many lack of updates I've been having. I've been planning the animated series a lot, and also... the thrill of Pokemon has taken me. And, last but not least, school's starting. Switching to one comic per week, starting with next Saturday, sorry.
Yaaaay Kuzer 2!
YAYZ FOR TE AWESOMESAUCEM!!
okay, I'm sorry, but
ick ick ick get it away
@HNR Silverblood: It just looks... creepy. Putting aside the fact that those extra bits are hardly shaded, he just looks like some kind of spiky alien, and it's somewhat disturbing. Super modes are generally just supposed to change a few characteristics; hair, accessories, patterns, and other details like that. It just looks creepy when it turns his hands into blue fins and adds some weird spiked growth out of his head.
1. They are not fins; his hands turned into sort of spiky claws, and the jet on his head turned into a sort of spiky dash-like effect.
2. No one ever said a super mode had to change only a few characteristics.
EDIT: Also, the lack of shading is supposed to express a bright shiny effect.
1. It doesn't matter what they're supposed to look like, they look like fins, and anyone else I've asked agrees. And if his jet turned into that... thing, at least at something to show that it's not just fused into his body. Whatever your intentions are, keep in mind they might not translate well into sprites, and also PLEASE don't try to pretend your spriting skills are perfect and that there's no way this could look wrong.
2. I said GENERALLY. The reason for that is that if a character's body itself changes, it looks disturbing. That's why super forms in DBZ or naruto or whatever cliche shounen anime is popular now never involve changing anything more than hair color, length, patterns on face, eyes, etc, unless it's a really serious transformation meant to show that they've sacrificed their humanity for their form, however temporarily. There just wasn't enough buildup in this comic to justify that here.
@EDIT: that's not how "shiny effects" work, sir. And even if it was, you still need to be consistent instead of having one half still shaded and the other devoid of shading. Again, don't feel bad about admitting your spriting ability isn't high enough to show what you're trying to portray, just take my advice and make improvements.
@Firecat1311: You're right. I'm not a perfect spriter, but I tried my best. I appreciate your criticism, but you don't need to be so harsh about it.
2. Naruto is DEFINITELY NOT a cliche anime, and his entire body didn't change. Just his hands and hat.
3. Like I said, I'm not a perfect spriter. If you're going to be this harsh about criticizing, then don't bother to criticize at all.
1. you didn't seem to use the number one so I'll just put this here because
2. At first it wasn't yes, it had interesting and colorful characters and unique abilities and powers, but the shippuden series is just a ton of "get stronger, new stronger foe appears, get stronger, new stronger foe appears, etc" to infinity, along with layer after layer of higher forms, which was the death of all good shounen series previously. So yes. Cliche. Opinion really doesn't change anything about the fact that this formula has been used hundreds of times before. Yes, it works, yes, people enjoy it, but that doesn't mean it's not cliche.
And I seriously don't know what standards you're going on but this doesn't look like "just his hands and hat" to me http://prntscr.com/1pxq6n
3. Something tells me you don't know what criticizing really is. My criticisms were not even close to "harsh", in fact I actually made an effort and edited that comment several times so it didn't come off as too harsh, in the hopes that you wouldn't instantly switch on your defensive "I refuse to accept that my decisions are wrong" mode which you seem to be doing an awful lot lately, but it's pretty easy to see that didn't work. No matter how harsh criticism is, it's still criticism and saying "don't bother to criticize at all" doesn't help anything, because if someone like me sees something wrong with something they think could be better, they're going to criticize whether you like it or not. Learning to accept criticism, no matter how harsh it seems to be to you, is an extremely important part of getting better at anything.
You know, I showed this comic to some of my friends recently. All they've said about it is that it's "a mess of boring lack of plot, unlikable characters, and a godmodding protagonist". I, for whatever reason, still believe that you can do better than this, and have stayed here regardless. If you really can't stand all my efforts to help, then we can just think of a suitable way for Burey to make his exit and leave it at that. I don't have to stay here, and I'm quickly nearing the point where I think moving on to other things would be better for everyone.
I'm not saying "I refuse to believe I'm wrong." I completely agree with the fact that I'm not the best at making sprite comics, but I'm getting there.
@Firecat1311: Gosh, Kuzer isn't a Godmod.
I can tell you weren't trying to be harsh, and yes, I agree, this comic started out all over the place, but I fixed it up later on. And I'm sure I have MUCH to learn about making a series/comic. I'd just appreciate it if you'd be a bit softer with the criticism.
I know I can do better. Once I animate this comic on YouTube, I guarantee that I'll do better.
I clearly understand my comic isn't the best on Smackjeeves. There are plenty more out there. I've lately been planning it out more.
About Kuzer's "Godmodding", can't you just think about it in a way that Kuzer's just VERY STRONG? He just has special abilities. I guess they're a BIT cheap, but he's going to see MUCH stronger enemies in the future that will make KUZER seem WEAK.
My story is still a bit sloppy, but I'm trying to put it all together. The next story arc will be much more put together and planned out.
One last thing: I really don't want Burey to make an unexpected exit. I like Burey. I think he's the comic relief kind of character, so it'd really suck if he left.
@HNR Silverblood: A part of what causes "godmodding" is imbalance between the powers of the characters. Making an inference based on what you said, the story will be going with a sort of shounen-anime type development. That's perfectly fine to do if that's what you're interested in, but keep in mind there are plenty of other characters besides Kuzer. The reason he's "godmod" currently is that he has had access to, since very early on, some extremely strong powers which very few other characters have or logically could have, even with ages of experience, and this will only get worse if even stronger enemies show up which need even more power to beat. Burey, just to name one character, could never do half the things Kuzer is able to do already no matter how much he trains. From what I can see, Kuzer's powers are just too flexible. Instead of sticking to a theme, like Tigra's fire powers, he seems to have the potential to do anything he wants.
Another big part of preventing a character from appearing godmod is gradual development. Even if he's done years of training his body and mind to get where he is now, the readers haven't seen any of that, so it seems like he just suddenly rocketed up to an extreme level. I'd suggest more learning experiences, training sessions, or smaller conflicts to gradually develop this.
Thank you for being willing to listen, I appreciate it.
@Firecat1311: Well, the only reason the other characters don't seem that strong is because I haven't revealed their powers yet. I will definitely be exploring their abilities more in future story arcs, don't worry.
Also, the only reason we haven't seen Kuzer's training is because I haven't revealed his true past yet.
The other characters are very powerful, trust me. In fact, believe it or not, Kuzer isn't the strongest character on the team. (But I'm not saying who because it'll give spoilers). Oh, and don't worry, there'll be smaller conflicts along the way. In the next story arc, as a matter of fact, Burey will be training to fight alongside Abbi in a private training session while everyone else is getting their butts handed to them by the enemies (Oh, no, I've said too much about the next story arc! XD)
And I appreciate your criticism. To be honest, it's actually helping. So thank you very much for it. I could use some more of it in later comics.
Trust me. Lots of other characters will have their spotlights. The only reason Kuzer seems the most important is simply that he's the main character :D But the other characters are plenty strong. You just haven't seen it yet. Even Burey will have a major spotlight in the next story arc.