The Phil hasn’t witnessed too many Stanley Cup Banner raising ceremonies in his career so he has some… irrational fears to say the least.
Even before Connor McDavid made his NHL debut last year, he has been hyped to be the “Next Sidney Crosby”, the “Player of the future” and other things that are in quotes. Meanwhile, Sidney Crosby has been showing the league how to play hockey, (when he get’s time off from his Tim Hortons job) and leading the league in every way.
Here’s my reasons on why McDavid can never achieve what Crosby has, and why he’s dumb.
1: At 6’1″, McDavid is too tall. It’s a known fact that the taller you are, the worse you are at hockey. Look at Zdeno Chara! He’s really tall, and he’s so bad that the 19 goals he scored in 08-09 are his BEST. That’s awful, and McDavid is going down the same road. Crosby on the other hand, it s a perfect 5’11”, providing him with minimal wind-resistance.
2: He can’t score. In his first season, McDavid scored only 16 goals. That is much less than Crosby’s 39. (even less than previously mentioned Chara.)
3: McDavid is only 19. Crosby is 29. Everybody knows that 19 year old are bad at things. Lots of them aren’t even allowed to drink. They shouldn’t be allowed to play hockey either. Sidney Crosby is nearing 30, which is the best age for playing hockey, and for drinking.
4: Connor McDavid can’t grow a beard. Crosby has been practicing his beard growing for many years.
There is more than enough evidence out there to prove that Connor McDavid will never accomplish even half as much as Sidney Crosby. These are just a few that I feel needed highlighting. Now please join me, in trading Connor McDavid out of your fantasy draft teams. Preferably with a younger sibling, who doesn’t understand how much greater Crosby is and has bought into the media hype.
Last week I sort of talked about drawing comics and choosing which format works best for you. This week I want to go over which tools I’m currently using to create my strips and where I’ve come from. Similar to last week these are just my preferences and what I’ve found work best for me. There are so many ways to create comics and it’s amazing to see how different each comic creator is.
When I first began posting comics everything was drawn on real paper with
pencils and pens. I started by drawing the comic, word bubbles and all, in pencil. My sketches were usually pretty finalised before I moved on to inking
them. My very first comics were inked with just plan black pens but when I started City Folk I discovered Staedlter Pigment Liners.
I think these liners’ primary role is for drafting but they work so well for drawing. The pens don’t smudge or puddle on the page and if you buy the box set you get 4 different ink thicknesses. You can see in the above comic the different line qualities between the 5pt pen and the 3pt pen which I used most. The 7pt was great for filling in large black areas and I rarely used the 1pt, so you could get away with just owning a 5 and 3. The only downside to these pens is they would dry out after only a few months of use.
I entered a weird middle-ground with City Folk when I decided to add colour to the strip. As you can see above the hand-drawn inks have been coloured digitally. My method of scanning the black-and-white inks to the computer was enhanced by then adding colour with Photoshop. I added some very minor shading here and there but things are pretty simple.
Okay, I really don’t like this comic, haha. This was my very first attempt at a fully digital comic. The line thickness is all over the place. There’s no depth in the colours or shapes. It’s just bad. That being said, I’ve found digital art to be faaaar superior to the analog I had been using for so many years.
The drawing tablet to your right is the exact one I’m currently drawing the strips on now. I’ve always used Wacom and this is the Wacom Intuos Pen Tablet. They are very affordable but the learning curve is quite steep. It operates very similar to a real pen and paper but instead of looking on the paper as you draw you are actually looking at the screen.
The result when you have “mastered” the technique is quite amazing. The amount of control you have over your lines and the subtle tweaking you can do at any point of the process is unbeatable. With traditional inks you are pretty much stuck with what you have. You can always add ink but