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Block Parade by JohnSu Block Parade by JohnSu
The Block Parade was once a militia that marched 100 strong through the streets day after day, beating up punks and keeping the peace. Then the mayor was like “Dudes, you can’t keep obstructing traffic like this,” and the militia head was like “Come on, man, the old mayor was cool with it,” and the mayor was like “No,” and so there was much weeping and hugging and the Block Parade was disbanded. That is, all but three.

Millet Flauer (member #14) was on a school trip at the time and did not get notice of the dissolution. Her absence didn't make it any less official, but she was upset enough upon her return that she was determined to hold on to the Block Parade and restore it to its former glory. It has been 8 years since then, and net growth has been 0%. Good job.
Oh yeah, she also carries a ceremonial sword around with her, given to her under the table by the former head of the Block Parade with his blessings.

Barley Masche (member #2) technically has seniority over Millet, but ceded leadership to her because he would rather follow than lead. The Block Parade is funded by donations, only accepted in pennies. Barley carries these funds in a water jug, to remind himself of the weight of the people's support, and also because he really likes metal money. Back when the militia was at its peak, it was rumored that he slept on a hoard of coinage.

Rye Wisquey (member #95) stuck around because he believed in the Block Parade and what it stood for. But then he got a job and he left. Shortly after, however, his son Malt “the Kid” (member #101) enlisted. Malt is a very quiet boy, always watching and listening, trying to learn what is happening around him. Frankly, he is scared of Millet, but tries not to show it because it would just give her more power over him. Barley’s cool, though. He pays for his drinks.

Postscript: it should be noted that in addition to the mayor, punk citizens also protested the actions of the Block Parade, insisting that it was totally wrong to beat up people in the name of peace because they have spiky hair. The Parade then went through 28 amendments of their mission statement until they settled on beating up hoodlums indiscriminately.

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So in this one, I am trying a bolder approach to lines and color: mainly with bold lines and bold colors. I don’t know what it’s supposed to be called, but I will call the thick dark shadows “manga shading.” I’m trying to go for a more visual impact in this and embracing a more exaggerated style. Palette-wise, I tried to use a lot of saturation and yellow/magenta/cyan. All in all, it was refreshing to move away from the duller, darker palettes.

The other sort of new thing I tried in this piece was to start off the sketch with silhouettes instead of skeletons. I think I might try doing it like this from now on, so the character is more defined by their shape than by a generic anatomy with smaller shapes tacked on to them. And then I will try to match it to a proper skeleton afterwards.

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:iconeternalobserver:
eternalobserver Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Very Cool! :D I would love to learn more about this.
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AoiNanami Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
So cool!
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:iconzjoriz:
zJoriz Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Cool story! And nice characters. Cool style as well ^_^
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EmbertheAngel Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Student General Artist
I....Barely made me giggle a bit with his metal coin fetish. C : 

lol <3
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:iconhono-atomi:
Hono-Atomi Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
love this style so much! X3
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shimonnoya Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Millet looks like Panty from Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, but it could just be my imagination. Anyway, awesome work! :D
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slayerfan45 Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
I agree
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:iconscorpianah:
scorpianah Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Totally. I squinted my eyes to assure myself😡. Still amazing work way better than mine😝
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:iconshimonnoya:
shimonnoya Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
^-^
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:iconnikkaroo:
nikkaroo Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
really love the colouring and shading style of this!!! Block Parade whoohoo!
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:iconriyacchi:
riyacchi Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student General Artist
(uuguu) whhyyyyy.... sooooo........ maaaaaaaaaany........ descriptions.............? OwO

but i like it that way. xD
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kengoubastard13 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
i think the name was similiar with the Black Parade (a music), sorry i have mistaken hahaha... but that's cool
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BLUESPHINX Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Great!
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:iconphantomspaceman:
phantomspaceman Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
This is really fantastic. You did a great job with the colors and the background--it has the feel of a mid-90's anime to it (for some reason I thought of Wild ARMS TV). And I -believe- it, you know what I mean? Like, it's something that I would expect to see as a banner on ANN. Really, awesome work!

Also, I think every DMV should be required to post signs that say "PAIN AHEAD".
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:iconengelmoon:
Engelmoon Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"pain ahead" ... wow can i order one of those sign somewhere xD
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:iconfireofthefox:
FireOfTheFox Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...Besides the fact that the art is awesome, those names completely made my rather math-stricken night.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
themes make naming much easier sometimes!
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:iconfireofthefox:
FireOfTheFox Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I should try that sometime.
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KirbyGotenksabsorbed Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So does Malt hit people with his sign?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yup.

AND his heavy-handed philosophy.
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:iconjacob-cross:
Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Nice :D
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Zerolr-RM Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the boldness of the colors, and they style and flair each of the character have!

I enjoyed reading the backgrounds you wrote about them. Malt is my favorite. I would love to see Rye Wisquey sleeping on top of a pile of coins XD lol.
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lemonless Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I don't know why I like this since i usually hate manga. There's just something about this pic that makes me like it even though I'm a devout traditionalist in art
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LightBringerLukey Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Nice strong composition John! Your thoughtfulness in your art is paying off.
I love reading your descriptions which pull you in to the drawings so much more.
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Alberthein1 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Could be a funky show.
I quite like em. As in I like em somewhat like I like Lupin the Third.
I'm probably reminded of that because of Barley reminds me a bit of Daisuke.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
He was admittedly in mind when I drew him, because he is SO COOL
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:iconalberthein1:
Alberthein1 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Damn straight!
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YukariYakumo Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I noticed the bright colors and mention of "block" and thought "Mr. Driller!!"

...Of course, it had nothing to do with that. :L
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PhilosophicNature Featured By Owner May 6, 2013   General Artist
...Wow. Bright. *blinks tears away* And bold. Very, very bold.

Did I ever mention that your back-stories are awesome?
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SilverSugar Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Punny names that make me happy in my heart. Thank you for this.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:bow:
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Arakis-angel Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ow, my eyes, so bold. *puts on shades* I like the bold approach, the color really pops. See my eyeballs for proof. I had to poke them back in, it was way gross. I imagine the skeletons chasing away the old silhouettes you previously started with. Be gone silhouettes, there's a new drawing method in town and we don't want yer kind around here. *shakes pitchfork*
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm just wasting my time with all this "anatomy" thing!
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:iconracheltheprawn:
RachelThePrawn Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this might be my favorite thing ever. definitely one of my favorites of yours.
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MadMother88 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
net growth has been 0%. Good job.
LOL
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redleaveshavefallen Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
When I favorite you art, at times I am stuck between the hard choice of favoriting it under Writinmg or Drawings. Both are just so fabulous.
Maybe I should try both.
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:iconmissyuna:
missyuna Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This for some reason reminds me of cutie honey, I mean the background and the blonde girl = )
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
flashy colors!
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:iconzeb31:
ZEB31 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The girl reminds me of Haruhi and Panty XD
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Hidden-Member-Ruise Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
It's breathtaking. :'D
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EEMM Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
love love love it! So pop-bubblegummy but still distinctive and unique. RRG! it's infuriating how awesome you are <- this makes no sense at all. It should be noted that I don't care whether it makes sense or not.

You have no idea how badly I want to follow a webcomic by you.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You have no idea how badly I want to be able to webcomic to completion
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EEMM Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
*clutches chest * Amg, you replied! *takes a moment to breathe properly..* >>! I can understand that.. I love to write but I don't think I've ever written an ending unless the ending was a scene and I never filled in the blanks. Aaahahaha~ Funny how that works, eh?
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MGartist Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome character designs, coloring, and story! Very cool. :)
Is this your original work?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yup! Thanks!
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Demosthenes-101 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Were you craving a drink when you were drawing these characters Jon? :drunk: The names are not lost on me as I am a seasoned veteran of the battle of the drunks! :D I am guessing the Block Parade people are too! :giggle:
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JohnSu Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I actually did not realize barley mash was involved in distilling! I just googled "barley," and "mash" was the first term to autofill after it, so I was like "...okay, let's roll with that."
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Demosthenes-101 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Well, thanks to your work many will be tempted into binge drinking tonight......you are a true inspiration John Su! :drunk:
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Riverfox237 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These always make my day. Also, Barley is CLEARLY a dragon in human-form.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
so that's how he keeps blowing smoke in people's faces!
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