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Killed By Death

22 May

Webcomic Headed Into Second Edition
Full-color pages, new fonts build on the style of first book.
Roaches Death Comic Page

This new page concerns dead roaches and why they always end up belly up. Why is that? Does gravity effects cockroaches differently than it does people?

Please subscribe to this comic for more pages and looks ahead at the cartoon. As long as you kind folks are viewing and subscribing – I will be keep updating this blog with preview pages for the next edition of the Roaches title and more.

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Grand Roach

31 Jan


A lip synch motion test made in Flash for the Grand Roach.

Do you want to know something? I need a new computer. The one I have renders Quicktime files from the Jurassic Era. How do I know this? Because the compressors are so badly out-dated that no matter how well I animate something (which is debatable) the compressors end up destroying the timing for each syllable.

To clue you in on the “vintage” nature of my Apple G4: I bought it at the end of the 20th century on eBay. Since then, it has been a print and graphic design work-horse but is not cut out for more complex things like, say, rendering an 8-second HD clip in After Effects or Flash.

More good news. The one reliable guy I trusted to buy computers and parts from has either changed his business number or has gone out of business entirely. Un-flipping believable.

So a new Apple, an iMac if I can swing it, is in the cards for 2013. Which actually is probably the real good news here. Stick around, players…

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Snail Riders

29 Jan


An early motion test made in After Effects for the snail riders.

Roaches don’t have an auto industry but they are ingenious improvisers. There have been many good suggestions that I more fully explore the world of these bugs themselves without humanizing them so thoroughly in regular type human cities. And that is a really good suggestion.

The problem with me not taking it up sooner is because of many, many perfectly valid delays and also lame excuses. There are also some more factions within the Roach culture that I have discovered. Secretive orders and clans that keep the pontificating boob that we know and love, The Grand Roach, in power, are starting to get more fleshed out.

Stay tuned for more tests including some of the main dialogue for the first Roaches short.

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Roaches Storyboards

15 Jan


An early look at the first Roaches animation with the voice-over and some sound effects work added in.

The first few parts of the animation production are nearly completed. The 20-30 storyboard panels are synced up within an “animatic”. This rough animation shows the story and the general timing for this animated short.

And I mean short. It’s four minutes total but that is still pretty ambitious for a small production company.

The performance by the voice actor Julian Mulock, who plays the Grand Roach, is really excellent! His acting skills go a very, very long way selling these “cutesy” bugs and absurd nature of the short itself. I mean, how many bugs go to war anyway? Not a lot I imagine.

In few more weeks I’ll have the next steps done. Next, I’m replacing enough art to post another animatic. Please, if you like this direction then “like” and “thumbs up” this Youtube clip.

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The Great War

7 Jan

Roaches by Paul Schmitt
A character sheet for retro-roach soldiers from the up-coming Roaches short.

The New Year is here and with it the anniversary of Roaches. It was just over two years ago this winter when I started this title. Way back in the winter of 2010. In the beginning it was just a few gags scratched out in a sketchbook. I remember being on a wicked caffeine high in this little coffee shop in Ohio and taking a break from fighting a mean infestation of real-life roaches that were in my apt. building.

I showed the bits to a few people who, much to my surprise, really enjoyed it. So, I took up my first webcomic right there and then.

Since then, the zany Roaches found an audience on-line, a book has gotten published, it’s toured a few cons and now a short is in production. This little title has gotten all grown up!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more mischief.

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Animation Art

11 Dec


Updated art for the Roaches with a clearly formatted “gold and bronze” style for the titles.

There have been some developments for an animated short based on my book. I’ve been talking to local animators, voice talent and recording studios about getting some work put in for an animated short based on the Roaches characters. I’m happy to report that this is going really well.

The short’s art direction is called “Temple of Doom” due to the pose of the king of the roaches. He looks like an evil priest. This inspired the gold and bronze look for the rest of the title elements.

Once the next set of motion tests are put together I will post them in order to decide on a direction for the rest of the short. Stay tuned for more on animation news for Roaches.

Roaches Character Sheet by Paul Schmitt
A look at the updated art for the pompous leader of the roaches, Mr. The Grand Roach.

Above is a “turn-around” showing all sides of the character. In this case, The Grand Roach – the pompous leader of the roaches. I have a few more of these character sheets to finish and then I will be able to move on and get some motion tests together.

In the meantime, I’m getting several more character sheets together with a wide variety from the insect world of roaches including Ampluex Wasps – the roaches natural predator in the wild, Pill bugs which work as messengers in the insect kingdom, and a few new roaches species including Blaberus Giganteus and Aptera Fusca. Also there is a good chance of that infamous rock ‘n roller Johnny Rocko will have also a sheet produced in the near future.

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Master Roach

7 Oct

Roaches Schmitt Webcomic
Master Roach ponders the imponderables atop the mystical Mount Frigidaire.

The new and updated art style for these mean little buggers is complete. They have gone from “rubber-tube” arms to segmented joints. The eyes are still Lil’ Orphan Annie – a personal preference because creepy stuff like that is hilarious to me. Also, I’ve taken to shading these dudes.

There is more updated artwork in the Animated section of this blog that shows much more of the new roach designs in a 360 turn-around format. The arm and leg segments, claws, wings and antennae are much more detailed in this new version of the art.

Now, a look at the “classic” underground comics style of Roaches from the book…

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Reddick’s Roach

25 Sep
David Reddick Legend Bill Drawing Art

David Reddick’s take on Roaches is the perfect combination of hilarious and scummy.

Nationally published editorial cartoonist David Reddick (Legend Of Bill, Red Shirts RPG) spotted my book in a local comic shop and thought that the concept of roach with an inferiority complex was pretty funny.

So funny in fact that Reddick generously sent me a sketch of the Grand Roach character in the outrageous and irreverent “Reddick” style. It’s the perfect combination of hilarious and scummy. I love it. Many thanks to David Reddick.

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ASH Con August

28 Aug
Paul Schmitt
Sterling Clark Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Fyke Matt Wright and Marc Fishman
All photos by Paul Schmitt of Gargantuan Media 2012.

ASH Con August was another very well-attended event with nearly 700 attendees coming in during Sunday morning and early afternoon.

There were over a half a dozen indie title creators that I spoke with. All of them were even kind enough to let me get a quick photo and their web site information. Among the were Sterling Clark, who has worked with Sal Buscema, from Studio S in Kokomo, IN., Rodney Fyke from Hazzum in Cincinnati, OH., Marc Fishman and Matt Wright from Unshaven Comics in Chicago, IL., and Production Director at Panetheon Willie Peppers from Louisville, KY.

The guys from The Black Rose, Aaron Minier and Chris Anrnt were there as well as Mike Graves from BRIDGE Collective in Indianapolis, IN.

The show was a lot of fun. I managed to sign a few books and speak with a lot of comic people. There was even an extraordinary amount of cute chicks at this show. Probably the best show I’ve done all year.

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Ampulex/Disco

26 Oct

Fug the Ampulex.

Ampulex Wasps (aka the Emerald Cockroach Wasp or Ampulex Compressa) are one of many natural predators of Roachkind and the police of the insect kingdom. We brave bugs must take great care to avoid this one especially.

Ampulex feed on us! What’s worse, once we are captured – the evil Ampulex turn the still-living Roach body into a cocoon for their own hawngry younglings. How repulsive!

Dig it - it's Johnny Rock-O!!!

Punk legend Mr. Johnny Rock-O takes up the glorious battle between Rock and Disco in a climactic fight for all the musical marbles – ever! Examine closely the pages above to determine the ultimate winner between these two formidable champions of their respective genres.

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Puppets, Roaches: A Graphic Novel, Cement and The Grand Roach are all registered trademarks of Gargantuan Media. All rights reserved 2010.