“Farewell to Arm”

Long ago, when people had 56K modems or worse, and most saw downloading and installing the FLASH plug-in to view cartoon’s online, I thought of making black and white silent cartoon GIFs. Think of an animated pantomime comic strip.

It was an interesting experiment and a tough one at that. I drew this in flash and simply exported it as a GIF, but found the file huge. So I took out some in betweens. Still too big. I took out more movement. Still too big.

Finally, staging had to be changed. Originally the girl entered from the right and walked in front of Frank to get his attention. The solution was for her to enter from the left, take two steps, then turn to excite him.

Farewell to Arm

So much work for such little gain!  In no time, everyone had broadband and the small animated GIF idea became as useful as the “iceman”!


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