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The 70's Part 1 by TennisHero The 70's Part 1 by TennisHero
The 70's Part 1: "Bring Back the Rock!"

Classic and her brothers go to a talent agency to get their family band a gig. Glam tries to sweet talk a secretary.

ROCK REFERENCES

1. Joplin, Morrison and Hendrix (along with Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones) had died between 1969-1971, all at the age of 27 years old.

2. I like Simon & Garfunkel and I like Billy Joel. Which is why I pick on them. The line is reference to a line from John Holmstrom, founding editor of Punk magazine, "punk rock had to come along because the rock scene had become so tame that acts like Billy Joel and Simon and Garfunkel were being called rock and roll, when to me and other fans, rock and roll meant this wild and rebellious music."

3. The reason why "The Brady Bunch" and "The Partridge Family" are relevant at all is because they are fictional groups from 70's TV shows. The Jackson 5 were a real singing group, whose label capitalized on the group's youth appeal by licensing dozens of products including a Saturday morning cartoon show.

4. Because Prog albums were generally concept albums with very long durations, few prog songs fit in with the radio formats. That's why they don't get much airplay, and nobody knows who Prog is.

5. In the U.S., it has become a tradition of humor for the audience in many concerts to shout "Freebird" as a request to hear the song, regardless of the performer or genre of music.

6. It's typical of Thrash Metal fans to put down other metal genres different from there own, which is why Thrash says "That ain't real metal!"

7. The two tattoos on Glams cheeks are of a star and a lightning bolt. The star represents The Starchild (Paul Stanley of KISS) and the lightning bolt represents Ziggy Stardust (David Bowie's alter ego.)

8. When Glam dashes out of the room, the word "ZOOM" can be seen. "Zoom" was the name of a 1972 TV show (that Glam was a child star on). Not a music reference, but a 70's reference. They brought the show back in 1999.


NOTE: Any comments asking me why I did not mention *insert your favorite band name here* will be deleted.
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Wow, cool comic! I think this is a really cool way to tell the story of how rock music has evolved over the years, great idea! Props to you for that c:
I'm not gonna critique the actual storyline since I know absolutely nothing about that, sorry ;o; I'll just critique the artistic elements. c:
Okay, I guess I'll just start off with the good things:
:bulletgreen: The dialogue is amusing, I was smiling the whole time I was reading this
:bulletgreen: Your characters are really cool and easy to differentiate between
:bulletgreen: I love the backgrounds on the 7th and 8th panels (the really pretty gradient ones, when it's talking about southern rock)
Of course, no matter how good someone is, there are still ways they could improve, so here are a few suggestions:
:bulletred: I stole this from somewhere, these aren't examples of my stuff, but I think they illustrate very well the benefits of using more dynamic and differentiated poses in your comics, so if you compare the following strips: thepunchlineismachismo.com/ima… vs. thepunchlineismachismo.com/wp-… - both have the exact same lines, the only difference is in the poses, and yet, the second one is a lot more entertaining to read, because it grabs the reader's attention more.
:bulletred: I know, human anatomy is hard, and shading is hard, but I really feel like it would improve this comic if you studied your human anatomy more, and tried to add some shading. It might also help if you increased your canvas size, or decreased the number of panels per page, so you could fit more detail into each panel.

All in all, great job, and keep up the good work! :dummy:
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RelativelyExtreme Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Let it Ride is a FANTASTIC song! Also, Led Zep, Black Sabbath, and Deep Purple: awesome.
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Buccaneers6 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Cool, but what about that one canadian band that made their first album in '74 :)
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RelativelyExtreme Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
AHHHH I have that album! And 2112 :)
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MidnaofTwilight3519 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL Cute! BUT-NAY, COULD IT BE?! Zeppelin, in the METAL category?!?!?! Sweetheart, they even said THEMSELVES they're heavy rock, not metal! :faint: LOL Just sayin'. this is cute, though! I love how you gave each genre a person!
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TennisHero Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you, I really appreciate the feedback and taking time to read my comics.

The problem I have with Metal's character is that people have different definition for what is and isn't metal. He likes a little bit of everything and the series have a few character for the subgenres like Thrash, Speed and Nu Metal.

After doing some research, I found that Led Zeppelin was often cited as pioneers of the heavy metal genre next to Black Sabbath. Their first two albums especially had the trademark heavy guitar-driven blues rock sound. Even if you see him them as "hard rock" or "blues rock", characters are allowed to listen to a few bands outside their genre. The Metal character also likes George Thorogood, The Kinks, and Rush (who have some elements of metal in their music).
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MidnaofTwilight3519 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime at all.

Ah, I see. I understand the plight. Bit of an awkward bit, then, eh?

Mm. Yeah, I mean, I see the influence, I do. They obviously had a hell of a lot to do with it, innit. I dunno, I just feel that they're slightly seperate, d'you know what I'm saying.
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sophisticatedcow Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
I've always failed to comment, but these are fun to read. :)
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TennisHero Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
Are you into rock music?
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sophisticatedcow Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
Yes indeed! Queen is my personal favorite.
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TennisHero Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That's cool! Is there a particular genre you like?
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sophisticatedcow Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
I've not really taken the time to think about that. I realized that I enjoy most of the older rock bands after going through my itunes list and such.
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AlienShores Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
Is it bad that I remember watching Zoom in the 70's? :XD:
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TennisHero Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Not at all. I remember watching the version they did in the '90's.
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Mewtow4590 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
70's was also when Queen was first formed btw
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GatNeGre Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Student General Artist
Cool!! Glam rock is so cute!! xD like always, my favourite. Nice comic, so funny :)
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TennisHero Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you liked it and I appreciate the favs. :)
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GatNeGre Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student General Artist
haha no problem :) your comics are cute and funny, and you know a lot about rock :D
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westbrook61 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
Let It Ride is one of my favorite Bachman Turner Overdrive songs, though Turner is quite hard to understand. He garbles his words a lot. The electric guitar chord is what makes the song outstanding, similar to the chord in Deep Purple's Smoke on The Water.
I remember Zoom on PBS on Saturdays in the early 70s. "Send it to ZOOM!" I cannot recall what we were supposed to send to Zoom now, though. They were out of Boston.
Billy Joel is a gifted songwriter. We all discovered within the past 10 years that Mr Joel should not be driving.
I have yet to see this movie, but there is a cult classic called Phantom of The Paradise, directed by Brian DePalma, from the early 70s which is a rock re-do of Phantom of the Opera. A rock band in the movie wore makeup similar to what KISS would wear later.
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