With the couple of Speed Dating strips I did a month ago and the print I recently re-mastered, an idea came up that I’ve been tossing around for a while… How would YOU like to star in your favorite aLp episode?
Edit: Thanks for all the comments and emails everyone… I just wanted to say that I’m not gonna do anything drastic, and anything I do end up doing would only be if I’m positive it’d turn out great. This is more a fun thing to do, rather than a core change in aLp’s aesthetic.
It’s always bugged me more than a little bit that aLp’s supporting cast and extras are played by action figures or Barbie dolls, because the whole idea of it has been that this is supposed to be photorealistic. This is supposed to be New York, with real New York locations and real New Yorkers, and oh, there’s a real Alien and Predator walking around among us. I don’t really expect to be fooling anyone (though you’d be surprised how many people have asked where I got the awesome A & P costumes), but I do spend a lot of time trying to make everything look believable. Now there’s a suspension of disbelief that comes with Abe and Preston because they’re monsters (and Macfarlane did a great job on their figures), but as soon as a human shows up, played by a toy, it’s painfully obvious that they’re all toys and whatever semblance of an illusion I had going is gone.
That’s why I decided to replace the Barbie doll with a real person in the If You See Something print… and that’s why I wanted to see if YOU want to be in aLp too. That’s right, this is a casting call!
I’m looking for the following aspiring webcomic models – note that right now I just want interested people, so you don’t have to send me any final shots:
1. Girls to be Abe’s speed dates
You know you want to! In fact, I know you want to – I’ve gotten plenty of emails from girls who want to date Abe (hey, don’t judge). This is the easiest and most important to cast because it’s a single, all-purpose pose that can be used for both past and future Speed Dating strips. You’d just be sitting back in a chair comfortably, like the girl in every Speed Dating strip.
2. Guys and girls to replace the toys in other past episodes
Basically, any strip in the archive that has a random human character in it being played by a toy, I’d like to replace that toy with a human model. Some examples of such episodes can be found at the very bottom of this post. If you find such a part that you’d like to see yourself in, let me know!
3. A girl to play Corinna
Actually this is easy too – instead of any specific poses, I’m looking for someone who just looks like Corinna in general. If you think you look at least vaguely like Corinna, just send in 1 or more photos of yourself and show me! If you don’t have the same kind of glasses, don’t worry about it of course, and don’t worry about the clothes. Whether or not it’d be possible for you to “play” Corinna in the comic, just consider this a Corinna lookalike contest.
4. A guy to play Theo
Same deal as above, ‘cept this one’s for the guys.
If any of this interests you, just drop me a line letting me know, and please send me any photo(s) of yourself (full body preferred) you have handy. Also, if there’s a particular episode you have in mind, include that too. If it looks like we could make it work, I’ll guide you through your shoot!
Oh yeah, and a free t-shirt’s in it for you too, if I use any of your shots. Looking forward to hearing from you!
(Some examples of model type 2:)
- Cab drivers in #10: Cabbie, #63: Cabbie of Power, #163: Forgive It and Hit It
- Speed Dating host in #15: Speed Dating Intro
- Real estate agents in #17: Apartment Hunting, #18: Bug Problem?, #20: We’ll Take It 1, #21: We’ll Take It 2
- Tattoo artist in #25: Does a Tattoo Hurt, #28: Any Tattoo, #29: New Tattoo
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