R.O.U.S. 57 by Joel | Sep 12, 2011 | Comics | 12 comments 12 Comments Jared on September 13, 2011 at 8:29 am Haha Charlie is the Dread Pirate Roberts! Great job Joel. Also, I think you meant “fifty-seven” in the second panel. RadBaron on September 13, 2011 at 9:08 am Fivey-Seven works if you’re an alien visiting the planet :) Yeah, mentioning ROUSes to someone with a fear of mice is definitely not helping, although…. she DID get the reference. Her geek cred has increased by +2 Joel on September 13, 2011 at 9:15 am Yes, Jared, you’re right. I was having some serious tech issues last night and obviously completely missed that in the proof read. Photoshop needs spell check! Thanks though. Glad you both like the strip. Jared on September 13, 2011 at 3:28 pm I hear you on the spellcheck feature. I always tell myself I can just put the text in Word first and the move it over but when I’m cookin’ on a strip I don’t have the time to open up another program. Now I just read it about 50 times and then make my wife read it 50 times and then I post it on the site… then I read it 50 more times to make sure the internet didn’t screw with the words while I was sleeping. Joel on September 13, 2011 at 3:33 pm I normally throw the script dialog into a word doc before I draw the strip to get a ball park idea for the space that I will need for balloons later. Where the font I use (my own creation) is all caps, I have to be careful with spell check. I don’t make many typeos when I hand letter the odd strip, but when I work late, or work quickly, in Photoshop I’ve noticed making slip ups more often. I hope I never try to letter a strip after a few beer. ;) James Anderson on September 13, 2011 at 9:58 am Inconceivable! Stephanie on September 14, 2011 at 8:49 am Ha! Joel, this is brilliant! Joel on September 14, 2011 at 2:58 pm Thanks Steph! I’m really digging the new brush pen for special opportunities like R.O.U.S.s. Paton on September 15, 2011 at 1:36 pm Great strip Joel. I love the R.O.U.S. and the transition from panel 2 to panel 3. Funny how well those 3 little dots work. Joel on September 16, 2011 at 8:54 am Thanks again man. I was thinking about changing the border of the middle panel to be more “cloud like” but thought it was a bit much after a quick test in Photoshop. Even though you can always change things later, one of the best things about doing touchups in Photoshop is the ability to test things out to see how they look before you ink them on the final bristol. Frank M Hansen on September 20, 2011 at 7:36 pm Beautiful art work and expressions plus that Rat is fantastic. Enjoyed learning a little more about your work and thought process on the last Comics Coast to Coast. Joel on September 20, 2011 at 8:26 pm Thanks Frank! I’ve been digging the Animatic Press too.