Life’s Just Beachy:
Summer Special of 2015. It took almost two months to complete, but the Specials page version of Life’s Just Beachy contains some extras not featured in the first release. Each page comes with commentary behind the creation of the page. Page breaks to determine different chapters of the story. I actually have a cover I should have honestly had in the beginning of the special, and I have added four new strips to the special that I never featured in the original release. Enjoy the special below.
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Originally in the first Summer Special I wanted a more exposition to why everyone went to the beach house originally.
Some fourth wall breaking to acknowledge how much better the summer special this year was than last years.
Now originally Drew & Dan’s conversation was about a video game night that was going to be part of chapter 3 towards the end, but changed it due to time constraint and when I wrote the script really did not fit the theme of the special.
I thought it would be funny to bring back the Patrick is too lazy to take down his Christmas decoration. Also Ophelia, Alice, and David are having a tutoring session that was mentioned in a previous comic strip.
This part with Scott was something I was going to put into a regular strip, but I don’t get as much room for detail in a normal strip.
This part was something I think was made just right.
Originally this was supposed to be the lingerie shop from the Christmas special, but I don’t think lingerie shops even sell swimsuits so I changed it.
You can probably see this, but this page was two strips that were originally supposed to be 4 panel strips for LAST years summer special.
This page was a collection of planned events I had for this special, but most of it was cut due to time.
I thought about just reusing the first panel and just copying and pasting, but I’m not a fan of when other comics do that either.
Coming up with who drove with who took me awhile to come up with. I really didn’t know who should ride with who. I always knew Ophelia and Alma would be in the same car and Dan and Patrick had to be in the same car, but everyone else I had to come up with how it would work and what would happen.
This chapter was originally supposed to contain a goofy racing game parody, but I scrapped it as I didn’t want this Special to be wacky like the Christmas Special was.
This page took me awhile to draw and color. It was hard for me to get all 10 characters in a single page.
Drive Safely: People may not realize it, but this is something I hear and have to put up with a lot growing up.
The joke about peeing in a bottle is something I always had to worry about whenever I went on long road trips with my family.
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to have Ranko-Chan in this special or not because she isn’t an actual character, but leaving her at home would have been weird to me.
I remember fondly about long road trips with nothing to do. When I was younger and your gameboy or cd players battery died you were s.o.l. and had to converse with everybody.
I did have an argument about the authenticity of these two crackers in a store.
Probably my favorite thing to do when I’m on a long road trip.
I don’t know if I would do this today, but when I was younger. Yes I would.
Q, X, and Z are the biggest pains to find when you play the alphabet game so you bet that the detour was needed.
I knew I wanted a diner scene, but wasn’t a 100% sure on what I wanted to do.
Yes I’m aware I screwed up and said Chris Rock instead of Kid Rock, but it works because I’m always messing up on peoples names in real life.
The redneck conflict was supposed to play a bigger part, but I scrapped it about here as I wanted my characters to hurry up and get to the beach house.
I couldn’t figure out why the middle panel wouldn’t keep the background color in its own area so this whole page just turns pink.
I didn’t want a main character focus in the first chapter, but I wanted to draw some exposition.
I’m glad I was able to get everyone in the cell phone.
I decided to move Jen to the front seat of Davids van to prepare for the next page.
I didn’t want the entire plot of the Summer Special to be focused on Alma’s problems. I also needed other character development.
Originally the focus of this special was supposed to be Alma and David, but later on I added Jen as well which I’ll explain a little later.
I like having Dan and Patrick. They do reflect on what me and the real Patrick were like when we were younger.
I was really glad I was able to redraw the same panel from the first Summer special.
A Little Shopping: I thought the conclusion of the first chapter was good enough so I never added a what happened after they got there scene.
Originally this opening was going to be longer with the girls gossiping and the guys just playing Dead or Alive for like 6 pages, but I wanted things to move along. Also note that the cereal Jen is eating is a box of Overly Depressing Rye O’s which is a fake cereal I made as a class project for my first semester in college. I know it’s just as stupid as it sounds.
I’ll say it right now, I had an easier time drawing and coloring the guys in this strip than the girls. Also in reality Scott would be dead.
So in the previous chapter I started to open into Davids problems. I think this one digs deeper into it.
I didn’t want to remake the same swim suits as last year. I wanted Alma to look as Scott says “classy”
I didn’t know that Vanilla’s bottom looked like an arrow until after I had her colored and my girlfriend told me.
Ophelia is the only character without a Scott commentary due to the characters respecting Ophelia is Dan’s girl. Also Ophelia makes a note from the previous chapter.
The reason Scott is so far in the right side of the panel is because I was originally going to have stats based on each girls, but I got lazy and scrapped the idea when I was messing with the idea on Excel
I didn’t want to make Alice’s pose too suggestive, but I guess I failed at that.
This was a joke I had in mind for the previous Summer Special.
Ranko-chan being surrounded by water bottles is a nod to here beach card in the Cinderella game.
This was supposed to be in the previous Summer Special.
But I think this joke works better in this Summer Special than the previous one.
It took me awhile to figure out a way to not show a lot of skin in this segment.
One of my personal highlights from last years Summer Special was the Alma sun bathing scene so I brought it back.
Ophelia and Alice just like last year making a sand castle together.
Take a Dive: This is in homage to last years Summer Special in which Dan and Drew throw David into the water for being a sour puss.
I didn’t realize Patrick was missing from this page until way after I had finished the whole chapter.
Slipped My Mind: I’m not sure when this even would take place, but I guess it since Scott is eating in the kitchen it would have to be here because he would have to see Alma sun bathing upon his decent down to the beach. Yes I think this stuff through.
I know nothing about Star Wars and I’ve only barely started watching Game of Thrones.
So David’s problems are officially starting
I redid a strip I had done earlier only because it didn’t get that much attention the first time.
So now we get to delve into Jen’s problems.
originally I was going to go for an Inside Out thing where instead of Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear, and Sadness it was going to be sarcasm, annoyed, melancholy, hunger, and Asian, but it just felt like an annoyance so classic angel/devil scenario instead.
I originally had no plans to add a Jen story to the special until I noticed I didn’t have that many strips about Jen on the page especially since she was the first female character I made in JODDAS VAPD.
I was going to add more to Dan being in the bathroom, but scrapped it.
I was originally going to have more of Jen, but I thought her problem was well established already.
Chapter 2 ends here, but originally it was going to be much longer which I’ll explain in more details a little later. It was cut because I wasn’t expecting this chapter to make to take as long as it did.
Since this was a Summer Special I thought it was necessary to have my characters have a change of clothes.
Originally Jen was going to emulate Alma, but I thought it would be funnier to emulate Alice instead.
This is actually from a Jen strip I made way back in High School.
I’ve had real gelato in Italy, and I can accept cheap store bought or gelato stands, but I hate it when it’s claimed to be authentic. I think I’ve only been to three places in my life that even came close to the real thing.
Scenic Meal: This was going to be an entire scene, but drawing an entire new scene felt more frustrating that it seemed, plus just for one joke I don’t think it needed to directly put into the special.
Yes the girl is an adult version of Mable from Gravity Falls. I had just recently started watching it at the time of making this chapter of the Summer Special.
Scott had his chance and lost it.
This was a strip I had done back in High School, but it wasn’t with Alice, but another character I don’t have on JODDAS VAPD yet.
I do know how to make bulgogi it’s probably the only Korean food I’m good at making.
This is how I leave places when I want no one to follow me.
This scene I wasn’t sure how to make fit in this chapter.
When I was reviewing this with my girlfriend she thought that Dan was trying to cheat on Ophelia with Alma, but that isn’t what I was going for.
I don’t get to really show character development when I do normal strips so when I have a special I want all characters to get their spotlight.
I was mostly trying to reflect the friendship between Dan and Alma in this segment.
It’s a Stretch: I just wanted to remind everyone that Alice is not as developed as the other girls, and more deep into Jen’s identity problem.
So this entire segment was originally supposed to be the ending of chapter 2, but the due date for chapter 2 was so close and nothing in this segment had been outlined or colored yet.
Even before I came up with the Summer Special. But it couldn’t be done because I don’t want to make Scott a criminal breaking into the other girls home. The beach house is a perfect place as all the girls are in one place.
I really like the Scott and David parts in this section. It was so easy to draw and color.
This is how I sleep according to my girlfriend.
The Scott line was added at the very last second.
I was going to do more with Scott as a ninja including using a kunai and a rasengan type deal, but I didn’t want to go for extreme wacky in this Special.
I wanted to have Ophelia in this one, but according to Scott earlier she was already off limits from the start.
I thought about making the word bubbles in dark as well, but I had a hard time reading the dialogue.
I wanted to do a more suggestive pose of Vanilla, but I had to keep in mind that Alma is sleeping right next her.
I don’t know why. I really hope people know a thing or two about Tenchi Muyo.
Alma sleep walking sounds like a fun person to be around.
Originally I wanted David laying on top of Alma, but logically I couldn’t think of why he would be on top.
A lot of Kyaaa~ in this special I’ve noticed.
Originally I wanted Scott lurking in the behind, but I thought this was funnier.
Originally when this was going to be part of the 2nd chapter Patrick and Dan were going to watch Titanic and riff it, but because this is the third chapter I changed it so that Patrick is having a weird dream.
Originally the video game on the television was supposed to change to different games, but when I was frustrated with getting the special done on time, I mostly took my frustrations out on Dead or Alive.
I was going to make the sign have a long paragraph that was essentially the same, but shortened it as logically if the sign had more words it would be hard for the other characters to read it from the ceiling.
Patricks signature laugh I haven’t gotten to use in awhile.
Who Are You: A little something extra for the Special section version of Life’s Just Beachy. So you only got to see Jen emulate Alice and Vanilla in the special, but what’s her take on Alma?
Double Take: A little something extra for the Special section version of Life’s Just Beachy. Jen emulating Ophelia now.
This chapter was very rushed. I’m ashamed to admit this, but school was just starting around this time, and I just needed it done.
This was a regular strip concept, but used it here instead.
Second Chance at Misery: A little something extra for the Special section version of Life’s Just Beachy. So I originally wanted to add the guy from last years Summer Special into this one, but I didn’t have a lot of time to do so. So I brought him back in a strip instead.
I didn’t get to feature Patricks clothes in the last chapter so I let him wear his hat in this one.
This is an actual thing I did with my kid. We went on bumper karts and I avoided every single other driver. Man my girlfriend was pissed.
Don’t Test Your Luck: A little something extra for the Special section version of Life’s Just Beachy. I would have loved to have had more scenes of Alma exploring the different stands at the fair, but I think I’ll save them for future strips.
Drew macking it up.
It’s a shame I don’t have more Patrick and Jen moments in my regular strips, because they used to be in a lot of strips together when I did Life Sucks back in high school, but I just never have good enough reasons for them to be together in JODDAS VAPD.
This was a strip idea for last years theme park special, but got scrapped.
Originally this dude on the bottom had green hair and was a little paler, and I thought he looked cool… Until I realized he looked like a certain caped crusaders arch enemy.
In my Holiday special I made fun of Walking Dead, so for some reason I thought I’d do it again here.
After this page is where I really rushed everything.
I really wanted this hot dog eating contest in last years Summer Special.
In last years Summer Special at the end of it everyone was singing on a karaoke machine.
I had to make the comment in the center panel. Yes, I messed up the dialogue box in the bottom of this strip. (fixed it in the Special ver.)
Jen blushing is a little unusual to me. I never really drew her blushing that often.
The real life Patrick would do this if he had the chance.
I was going to add the guy from last years special, but felt having four arcs was pushing it in this special.
Because it didn’t seem right for Dan to talk to Alma in the previous chapter I changed it to Ophelia.
Now from the beginning this was going to be in this story no matter what.
I wanted this special to be the closure to the beach house.
I wanted my characters to have one last adventure as last year they couldn’t.
I wanted some growth with characters I don’t get to have time to delve deep on.
I feel I got to do that in this final chapter.
The script for this the final three pages were lost so I drew the images first lost the script and made up some dialogue.
I had a hard time with how I wanted to end this story (not to mention I lost the script to the last three pages, but I think a joke works best.
Well I hope you enjoyed this special A lot of time and work was put into it. Please share it with your friends and like and comment your favorite parts. Thanks again.