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Putting it as simply as possible, this is a fantastic webcomic. Despite the coincidental name and appearance of the lead, it actually never had anything to do with Archer. In fact, it came out a year before the TV show. As great as it is, discretion as to your personal workplace policies.

Current page:

http://spyingwithlana.com/

Case List:

http://spyingwithlana.com/archive/

The very first case is at the very bottom of the list, they're stacked in reverse order.

It's had me in stitches ever since things like this at the start of the first case:

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There's a lot of really good writing in it.

The art has always been good but has also come a long way in almost 10 years.

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Public Interest Declaration, I've had a lot of dealings with him, you may already have seen his work in the Puck thread:

http://badwebcomicswikiforum.yuku.com/sreply/8411/Puck

http://i.imgur.com/9tVfoaF.jpg

Or possibly even closer to home:

http://badwebcomicswikiforum.yuku.com/topic/615/The-BWW-The-Webcomic-Page-1#.VybgQ_l97IU​

http://i.imgur.com/tg3owzF.jpg

There'll be more of these for us, that much I can say.

Also, if you were to buy the ebooks of the cases, there's extra pages that don't make the website. Discretion again for the workplace but even more so with these.

Anyway, I cannot rate this webcomic highly enough. Enjoy!

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May 1 16 9:48 PM

I really hope this is as good as you claim it to be. I really mean this. I'mma give a looksee, despite her using what I hate in the second pic. I'm sure it'll be explained, though. :3

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May 1 16 10:01 PM

Well, goes without saying it's just my opinion. Though I think it's both an opinion that should be held by as many people as possible also that it's a criminally under-read webcomic. I have the full set of e-books but I've only read at best half of them because I save them for special occasions and I'm parcelling them out, really, really slowly.

Actually, I think I might read another one right now. Being that it's my birthday and all.

Then I'm going to see Captain America Civil War tonight.

All in all, it's been a pretty good day so far and getting better.

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May 2 16 7:44 PM

A couple of things missing from the archive list:

http://www.amazingartbros.com/LanaFlare

Spying With Flare is an authorised crossover with the comic Flare.

http://www.heroicmultiverse.com/flare/webcomic/

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Also, this is not technically canon but Sean did the art and someone else wrote the story using his characters. Best read after "Ring of Fire" so you know the backstory of everyone in it but it's not essential, the Cliff Notes version of who's who's in inside the story. Uses the characters from past stories very well. Best that this one isn't read at work though unless you know they have a very liberal policy (or you're the boss/self-employed).

http://sigmatestudio.com/spying-with-lana/

EssTiiEphYu wrote:
That is, until Behemoths attack the city, then we all screaming.... >.>;;

Both times I went to see Pacific Rim in 2013, I saw it at the Darling Harbour IMAX, which is the largest one in the world (second largest one is in Melbourne, so take that, again!). It's practically next door to where this scene was taking place (like short walking distance), so this scene got extra laughs from the audience.

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May 2 16 11:53 PM

Wrong URLs in the last post, they 404.





​I like the art and some stuff made me chuckle but the cheesecake isn't particularly floating my boat. I can understand the whole target demographic thing though.

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May 3 16 12:32 AM

Sindy wrote:
Wrong URLs in the last post, they 404.





​I like the art and some stuff made me chuckle but the cheesecake isn't particularly floating my boat. I can understand the whole target demographic thing though.

[left]OK, now that's really weird. You're right none of them did work but I cut and pasted each link from each of those pages directly. I went and did it again and I checked the replacements, they worked this time, at least on my computer and at least this first time but letter for letter, these links were exactly the same as the ones that didn't work. I have no explanation for that.

Since I'm here, I might as well add:

http://artbrosean.deviantart.com/

(a lot of other Lana and non-Lana related art)

and

https://www.patreon.com/ArtbroSean?ty=c

(because there's more art stuff there too)

As for your boat, maybe ...

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May 3 16 7:59 AM

Sorry Shan, I have to agree with Sindy. I know you're mates with the creator but I've never been able to take Spying With Lana as anything more than ill-disguised wank fodder; every page I check out confirms it, and I can't get past it enough to find it funny.

Now, there's nothing wrong with cheesecake and wank fodder if that's what you've set out to create - I just personally loathe it.

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May 3 16 8:07 AM

Goat wrote:
Sorry Shan, I have to agree with Sindy. I know you're mates with the creator but I've never been able to take Spying With Lana as anything more than ill-disguised wank fodder; every page I check out confirms it, and I can't get past it enough to find it funny.

Now, there's nothing wrong with cheesecake and wank fodder if that's what you've set out to create - I just personally loathe it.

And that is more than fair enough :-)

I know that what I like isn't always what everyone else likes. 

Case in point That Webcomic That Will Not Be Named (more than absolutely necessary).

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May 12 16 8:05 PM

I wound up reading some of it backwards. This comic looks like it is largely made up of painted over porn images. When the artist can't find someone in the exact right position, those parts of the body get sketched in. I can't say if the comic is good or bad because I just cannot get past the cheesecake made from retouching porn and nudes.

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May 13 16 2:18 AM

SmashLampjaw wrote:
I wound up reading some of it backwards. This comic looks like it is largely made up of painted over porn images. When the artist can't find someone in the exact right position, those parts of the body get sketched in. I can't say if the comic is good or bad because I just cannot get past the cheesecake made from retouching porn and nudes.

(Here's something from the artist himself back in 2012.)

http://artbrosean.deviantart.com/?offset=460#comments

ArtbroSean Nov 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist

"I'm not sure what you mean by "non-traced". If you're referring to tracing other people's pictures, I've never done that and I never would.
If it means something else let me know and I can answer the question better."

(I'm going to figure based on this that the artist doesn't use other people's art or pictures as scaffolding for his own art. I could ask him if you like to clear up any ambiguity but my understanding is that he creates everything from scratch.)

Now here's a conversation Sean and I had about his art style back on March 24th this year. Slightly edited for non-relevant material and references to images that aren't really necessary as the text gets the point across.

Me: 

"OK, had a very close look at the new WIP and something did stand out, as I have noticed with much of your work, is that you tend not to go with individual hair strand definition, instead going for one uniform colour block area ..."

" ... 
It is like the first thing I always notice. I guess being black hair adds to that but I also notice it with the other hair colours, there's *some* hair fibre differentiation but not as much as some other examples of other people's art. Deliberate stylistic choice? Labour saving device after calculating effort versus return? Both? Neither?

You:

"A bit of both, I guess. I like the look that Gil Elvgren got with hair how he largely implied a lot of the detail (not that I've managed to capture that), but also as I've gone along I've become more aware of spending time working on things that no one will notice. For example, years ago when I first started digital coloring I used to color every figure in minute detail regardless of how small they were or if they were in the background, etc. I eventually realized that not only was I wasting time on something that no one noticed, but it actually made the pictures worse, because it tended to draw focus away from the important things in the panel.


Anyway, a bit of both ... No point in wasting too much time on it."

Me:

"I noticed this other thing you do which is perfectly illustrated in this page here."

(Page earlier in thread which has the woman in an evening dress and wielding a gun with a silencer running for it.)

"Some panels have deliberately 
simplified (by your standards) art like the second one (action shots and the like - eg the two soldiers fleeing the wrath of the Portuguese in a battle tank) and then others have high-resolution detail like the bottom panel. What's your criteria for which is going to be which?"

Him:

"It mostly has to do with the composition of the page; trying to emphasize important things and not distracting with others. I like to have at least one panel that's a sort of change-up from the others in color or detail so that the pictures don't all run together and lose their impact."

Me:

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I sort of figured it was something to do with periodically altering focus to direct what the reader should be focussing on."image
 

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Dec 21 16 3:00 AM

For anyone who's interested, six years after the crossover with Flare in Spying With Flare, a new one which has been at least a couple of years in the making, Spying With Giant Girl has just started (actually called Forces of Nature.)

http://spyingwithlana.com/crossovers/comic/fncover/

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