The E3 in Los
the first time we had attempted this kind of work, so we were forced to
learn as we go what works and what doesn't.
The first thing
was bland backgrounds. Anyone that's ever attended a crowded convention
in their life knows that getting pictures of certain items, people etc.
can be a huge pain in the rear end. But if you're persistent and quick
with your fingers, it can be done. We took pictures of the backs of
odd images and anything else that looked even remotely interesting. [
backgrounds - One - Two
- Three ]
For about half
of the pictures
we took, we had an idea what we wanted to do with them. Sometimes, we
We just took random pictures and counted on finding some use for them
For instance we took two pictures of the back of the Working Designs
[ Back of the booth - One - Two
]. In the end we used both images. [ Uses - One
]. This was nothing more than a funny
texture for an X-Box advertisement, but when we sat down at the
board a week after E3, we found a good
use for it.
At other times,
a picture of a short, but funny real life scene. Sitting down face to
we'd have quite a funny story to tell. But many times we only had one
and that isn't usually enough to tell a story in comic strip format. This
scene looks pretty innocuous. What happened here was the Japanese
was preparing to do their on the scene report from E3. While she was
her make up and getting her nerves back in order, she was being
by a couple of fanboys. "Peace" signs were exchanged and the reporter
played along. Very funny in person, the best part of any convention is
usually attendee behavior. But that doesn't always translate well into
comic strip format.
we took make
great product advertisements, but lousy backgrounds.
Others look silly on their own, but
we didn't have the "spin" to make a worthwhile strip out of it.
some pictures were too ordinary to
the right kind of fun with.
part of taking
pictures at E3 in particular is that Screenshots almost never turn out
right. They're either blurry,
you can see the frame rate in action. We have been tempted to use
provided in the press kits, one can imagine comments about ritalin in
with this image. but some
kits come with user agreements and the legal hassle isn't worth it. So
we'd press our luck and sometimes we would get a screenshot we
can play around with.
idea is so clear
we know exactly what to do with it, but getting con participants,
and costumed actors to act out what we see in our heads is easier said
than done. One of the fan favorite strips from our E3 2001 coverage is
one, and it took about four pictures before we had the right shot
work with. In the end we had a great picture to work with, but had
to snap an appropriate background for the dialogue section. So we used
pic one for the punchline, and photoshopped an original background from
a section of three and four.
[ Pics - One
- Two - Three
- Four ]