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Zachary Snyder

Zachary Snyder

I'm an engineering student who recently started 'Stupid Inventor' as a bi-weekly webcomic. It's based on my YouTube channel Stupid Inventions, where I build most of the crazy contraptions mentioned in the comic. ALL POSTS

Stupid Inventor

See Zachary Snyder's response to the second challenge and read what the judges had to say.

Amy Lago: "The denouement should have ended with 'outdone by Starbox again.' Color choices left something to be desired -- for instance, the blonde hair of the female judge blends into the yellow wall. The character sheet is too wordy, needs more white space."

Michael Cavna: "Drawing upon the fact that cartoon is itself a finalist in a contest is a double-edged sword: It's clever, but it might be too clever by half -- calling the reader's attention to this fact can slow suspension of comic disbelief and getting on with the matter at hand. That said, the punchline has potential, though it needs an extra jolt."


By Zachary Snyder  |  July 2, 2010; 12:21 PM ET  | Category:  Amy Lago , Michael Cavna
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Wow. Grade school MSPaint coloring is a perfect compliment to the grade school artwork and humor. Bravo.

Posted by: comicsfan666 | July 11, 2010 8:22 AM
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Wow. Grade school MSPaint coloring is a perfect compliment to the grade school artwork and humor. Bravo.

Posted by: comicsfan666 | July 11, 2010 8:20 AM
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The 'color fill' tool in Photoshop is too easy a crutch for coloring. It heightens the flatness of the art.

Posted by: bupdaddy | July 8, 2010 4:54 PM
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Too much going on -- neon colors, lots of text.

Posted by: JMarie4 | July 7, 2010 6:21 PM
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I would read this each week. However, the key to the climax is to have a sense that the inventors became exhausted. But they only state they are exhausted. I can imagine a different comic that first focused visually on inventors' exhaustion (without the contest allusion) and then went to their idea for something to keep them awake, etc.

Posted by: PostPeeps | July 7, 2010 5:22 PM
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I honestly love the Stupid Inventor.

I understand the humor and the hi-jinks involved. The humor is exactly as it should be.
Of course, with every positive there must be a negative.
I feel that the colors draw away from the characters. If the bakgrounds colors were faded a bit it would make the comic look less busy.
That concept comes with practice and studying colors and hwo they bounce off one another.
Honeslty i feel that if the color was brought down a tad and the comic was not as wordy, it would make for a more comforting read.

Thanks!I still love it!

Posted by: miniguez | July 7, 2010 4:58 PM
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I've wonder that myself on being related ....but any way

Posted by: whiteside595 | July 7, 2010 10:57 AM
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Didn't like the use of color, the P.O.S.T. reference, or the "Mousetrap" board game complexity to solve a simple problem.

It feels like eight-year-old humor. Which is fine if that's Mr. Snyder's target.

Posted by: MsJS | July 7, 2010 10:52 AM
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I sometimes wonder if any of the commentors are related to the cartoonists? ;)

Posted by: steampunk | July 7, 2010 10:46 AM
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Hey judges remember its all about will it work....and thats what in develope means working it all out getting it right kids would love this please dont pick a comic thats at it full progress

Posted by: whiteside595 | July 7, 2010 10:37 AM
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