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Dreth
May 21, 2010 at 3:48 pm

I’d love to try my hand at this, I’ll have to get a good camera though.

tony
May 21, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Just wanted to say I think action figures add to the feel of the comic. I you put humans in there, your not going to make Abe and Preston look less like toys. I think its going to make them look more like it.

I like the real scenes and photo backdrops with the ‘fake’ people in front of it. Its kinda realistic in its own way. And the universe is consistent.

Also, maybe make changes going forward, but going back? The strips are great the way they are. Think about when Lucas went back and messed with the Star Wars movies and you will get an idea of why I oppose this.

Bernie
May 21, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Fair point, and I’ve thought about that a lot. For instance, there’s the chance that a human model could end up being too distracting. The decision to put Carly in the IYSS piece was a tough one, but fortunately (imo) it turned out well.

I’ll just say for now that I’m only gonna do it if I’m positive it’d turn out great. On a case by case.

Thanks!

avp fan
May 21, 2010 at 4:00 pm

i second what the tony guy said

Ann
May 21, 2010 at 4:20 pm

I have to admit, at first glance, the real girl in the print didn’t look entirely natural to me, though that may simply be because it’s a remake of an image I was already very familiar with. In any case, I’d be interested in seeing what the strips would be like with real people, though I’d also very much hope you’d leave the original strips on the site along with any remakes. Regardless of whether you – and ultimately, your readers – think the new versions are improvements, the originals were discovered and loved as they were, and it would be a shame for us fans to lose access to them, even if we do end up enjoying aLp v2.0 as well. :)

Eric Meyer
May 21, 2010 at 5:07 pm

I’m going to put in another vote for the supporting-player action figures being a plus, not a minus. Since Abe and Preston are played by toys, it makes sense that the rest of the cast is as well. If they’re the only toys, then as Tony said, it will make Abe and Preston stand out as being even more toylike.

Besides, not every secondary character can be a real person—the little blue guy of recent strips, for example—and the mixture of real and toy would just be weird.

Just thought I’d throw in my two bits.

Kevin C.
May 21, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Agree with Tony… ALP is fantastic as-is (with action figure co-stars)! Photorealistic the comic is not (e.g. Boris and Zeev’s Lego-man bodies), and it really need not be. It’s already perfect in its present state.

Thomassonic
May 21, 2010 at 6:26 pm

what, you don’t need a jesus?

Ian
May 21, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Gotta agree with general run of comments here. I always thought it was a big part of the comic’s identity having the other characters being played by toys. I think it fits in with the tone of all the strips.

Real live people could be fun as a novelty, though.

Bernie
May 21, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Thanks for your thoughts everyone! I understand and appreciate your concerns about the aesthetic. I won’t be doing anything drastic and I won’t be depriving you of the original versions of any old episodes. Maybe the new versions will be merely alternates, or even, as Ian says, merely novelty. We’ll see how it goes, and again, I won’t do anything unless I’m sure it’d be great. I’ll make an edit to clarify the post above.

In any case, thanks especially for giving a damn!

Mike
May 22, 2010 at 4:46 am

I think it’s a cool idea, and I’ll totally participate! I dunno, I kindof like the toy characters though… It’d be cool to see Corinna and Theo as real people though!

melissa brown
May 25, 2010 at 3:07 am

good idea, with the casting call.
from melissa brown

Marvin Arnold
May 25, 2010 at 1:11 pm

I think the fun comes from action figures/Barbie dolls behaving like real people, driving taxis, going on speed dates, etc. Real people would be… well, “just” real people doing what they do anyway.

Steve York
May 26, 2010 at 8:20 pm

As another guy who does a (far different) web comic with action figures (www.MinionsAtWork.com) I vote for the plastic people. Sure, I know from long experience how much harder using figures makes EVERYTHING (though I’ve got to think that using real models creates its own set of problems, but it’s part of the charm and unique flavor of the strip. It’s like the past-on paper mouth-movements on “Robot Chicken.” Could they do “better?” Hell, yeah. But would it make the show better? Hell, no.

I love the figures, and the way they’re juxtaposed against the real-life NYC. The premise is so absurd and over-the-top that I think to make it more realistic is to make it LESS realistic. I certainly don’t mind an occasional appearance by a one-shot photo-real character, or by a celebrity or newsmaker.

But for what it’s worth, give me ongoing characters as toys, please. That’s just how I roll.

- Steve

shane
May 27, 2010 at 12:27 am

the only real people in the strip should be ‘celebrities’
such as clinton and will smith.
the two greatest black presidents evar.!!1\

“that’s the joke”

charlie
May 27, 2010 at 3:28 am

say it ain’t so bernie…i liked the remake of the ‘if you see something’ strip, but the toys are what make this strip great. well, that and the great scripts of course.

Robin
May 27, 2010 at 5:38 pm

I’d like to be a random character somewhere, if you decide to go through with this, but I will agree with the sentiment that the action figures is part of the strip’s charm. Still, it’s your call. =)

Arimmus
May 28, 2010 at 7:31 pm

I am soo looking forward to this, I Loved the print with the real chick placed there, and I don’t agree with what some have said. I feel that Abe and Preston need real people there, It would add more atmosphere since you already use some real people from the world now. Bill clinton, will Smith, etc. I hope people get turned on to this, because I hope to be a part of it :p

Martin
August 5, 2010 at 5:31 pm

OMG were do u sign-up i wanna be the tattooist.

Manic
January 5, 2011 at 11:20 pm

I think being in the strip would be sooooo cool. Just personally, for my own selfish pleasure. On the whole, I love the strip action figures and all.

Wario-Girl
December 12, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Heh, I’ve just seen this and I’m hoping that I’m not late or anything. But me and my sister LOVE your comics. They really do make my day. My sister and i also love Alien and Predator, she loves alien and I love Predator. Weird, huh? Anyway, if there is anything we can do for you, we’ll be more than happy to help. I want to repay you for making me smile every day. I admit, we’re not extremely beautiful or anything, we just wanna do this for the fun XP

So, just let me know what you think. I guess I’d be more than happy do something with Preston. I wouldn’t mind being his girlfriend XD he looks sexy in a suit, by the way. XD

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