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Mac Hall
Mac Hall Convention Poster
Author(s) Ian McConville and Matt Boyd
Website http://www.machall.com/ RSS
Current status Completed
Launch date 2000-11-07 [1]
End Date 2006-09-22 [2]
Followed by Three Panel Soul

Mac Hall (debut: 2000-11-07) is a webcomic which was created through a bet between the creator Ian McConville and a friend who claimed he "couldn't make a comic like Penny Arcade".[1] After the fifteenth comic, McConville was joined by Matt Boyd who began to write the comic. [2] ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (640x853, 224 KB) Mac Hall 2003 convention poster, first sold in Otakon 2003. ... An author is the person who creates a written work, such as a book, story, article or the like. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, images, videos and other digital assets and hosted on a particular domain or subdomain on the World Wide Web. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... November 7 is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 54 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... September 22 is the 265th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (266th in leap years). ... Three Panel Soul is a webcomic made by Ian McConville and Matt Boyd, the creators of the now concluded Mac Hall. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... November 7 is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 54 days remaining. ... This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ... Penny Arcade is a webcomic and blog written by Jerry Holkins and illustrated by Mike Krahulik focusing on computer and video games. ...


Mac Hall follows the exploits of a group of college students who are typical slackers. The series primarially focused on the events that occurred between classes and after hours and only rarely references actual class work. The comic takes its name from MacDonald Hall, a dormitory at Bowling Green State University. Later in the series, the cast moves into a house, where they reside until graduation, and the comics conclusion. It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... Slacking in the park The term slacker was commonly used in the United States in World War I and World War II to describe men who were avoiding the military draft. ... A typical American college dorm room Another typical not-so-clean college dorm room Watterson Towers, Illinois State University Potomac Hall, second-largest dormitory at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. ... Bowling Green State University (BGSU) is a public four-year institution located in Bowling Green, Ohio, USA; about 20 miles south of Toledo, Ohio on I-75. ...


Mac Hall concluded on September 22, 2006, with Ian explaining that creating the comic was no longer fun.[3] He also mentioned that the comic would continue in a new phase in October of 2006, and after some delay a new project began. In early March of 2007, Matt linked to the pair's new webcomic, Three Panel Soul, which had been updating unannounced since November 5, 2006. [4] A note posted on Feb. 5 welcomed visitors who managed to find the site on their own, but called it "(not) quite public yet." [5] Three Panel Soul is a webcomic made by Ian McConville and Matt Boyd, the creators of the now concluded Mac Hall. ...

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Style

The series is done in a style reminiscent of anime. A favored technique of McConville is to draw the line art on paper and color the characters in Adobe Photoshop after scanning. Characters are often highly detailed while backgrounds, painted directly in Photoshop, are often blurry. The series has gone through a handful of changes in its style though. Early episodes had a style to it that did not look similar to anime, but more like western comic strips; backgrounds were also more concrete. Over time, this changed to the anime-like style that has become the norm of the series, as well as the digitally painted backgrounds. The chibi effect that has its origins in anime also became a regular part of the style. The characters in the series have lost their black outlines over time, and are now drawn entirely without them. McConville is particularly known for his Adobe Photoshop skills. The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) (L to R: Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Ed Tivrusky, Faye Valentine, and Ein the dog) For the oleo-resin, see Animé (oleo-resin). ... Adobe Photoshop, or simply Photoshop, is a graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Systems. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Super deformed. ...


Three panel soul

On a post by Boyd, the end period has a link to a 3 panel comic, showing Boyd's comic strip representation maturing and looking for a lasting relationship.[6] On December 27th, Jes posted a link to Three Panel Soul in the Snafu Comics message board.


Now at TPS, all three secret comic strips have been organized into what looks like a new site. Originally TPS only had the three strips and text saying 'html by timmy age 3'. The new site employs btphp, a content management system for web comics. While the site still holds place-markers for things like the logo, icons, footer, and the title "Three is the new black", there is now a navigation system for the strips and the address bar bears the familiar Cthulu icon present on Machall. The Great Old One. ...


On January 28th, 2007 both Ian and Matt updated the Threepanelsoul main page with slightly more substantial rants than the previous test posts. Both posts ruminate over the definition of what the soul is, with Ian making observations of religion and philosophy, and Matt referencing forerunners of soul music. This article is 58 kilobytes or more in size. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ...


On Monday the fifth, around 4:00pm (15:53 EST), Matt posted a notice:

Welcome, all...

...who have stumbled across this site, one way or the other. It isn't quite "public" yet, and won't be until we have some comics in the archive we really like. Don't worry about showing to others if you feel like it, though. Soonest possible date for new comics is Monday, Feb. 12. I guess we also need some real icons.

Posted by Matt

February 5, 2007, 15:53 EST

The 4th comic, posted on 2-12-07; has Ian looking far older, and it is again just black and white. While some believe that the comic is "a comment on the Japanese's plan to make baby drop off points." it's simply about the poor placement of a mail slot. Ian also mentions plans to improve the site's CSS.


Three panel soul is now updating more often, but an update schedule has yet to be determined.


As of March 16th 2007, the front page of machall.com shows a split screen with the left side linking to the Mac Hall archives and the right side linking to Three Panel Soul.


However, according to a post by Ian on March 29th, 2007, Machall was hacked into. The site is currently down with a short notice posted, stating that Machall is being moved to a new server (the same one as Three Panel Soul).


Other appearances of characters

A spin-off series called Mac Hall: Inside Mac Games was made in 2001 for the website Inside Mac Games. This series involved the same characters, but focused on their interest in video games for the Apple Macintosh. The series ran bi-monthly from October 2001 to July 2002. The real-life counterpart to the character Anthony eventually assumed writing these comics. A spin-off (or spinoff) is a new organization or entity formed by a split from a larger one such as a new company formed from a university research group. ... The first Macintosh computer, introduced in 1984, upgraded to a 512K Fat Mac. The Macintosh or Mac, is a line of personal computers designed, developed, manufactured, and marketed by Apple Computer. ...


The series has often had crossover episodes with the online comic Megatokyo. McConville has drawn a number of guest episodes for Megatokyo, and characters from both series make occasional cameos in each other's comics. Most notably, it was one of McConville and Boyd's guest strips for Megatokyo that gave Piro (Fred Gallagher) his reputation as a self-degrading artist whose "happy place" involved "sad girls in snow." ... Megatokyo is a webcomic created by Fred Gallagher and Rodney Caston, debuting on August 14, 2000,[1] and then written and illustrated solely by Gallagher as of July 17, 2002. ... Fred Gallagher (born 1969) is an American illustrator who has become a full-time web cartoonist. ... Woodcut by Utagawa Kunisada, ca. ...


Characters

Major characters

  • Ian McConville - The main character of the series, Ian is based on the artist of the web comic. His trademark look is red ponytailed hair with a backwards baseball cap and his sunglasses. Sometimes a cat can be seen resting on his cap, and the cat often seems to convey Ian's expressions, a motif also used by Fred Gallagher. He is the most innocent-seeming and upbeat of the characters, though often the most incomprehensible as well. He is prone to rather odd behavior when bored or procrastinating. Though not nearly as obsessive a gamer as Micah (see below), he plays computer and video games fairly often. He's known to be terrible at cooking. In May 2006, he graduated from college, moved to San Fransisco and, joined the Three Rings Design crew.
  • Matt Boyd - A character based on the comic's writer, Matt is an aspiring journalist. Slender of build, with medium-length black hair and a goatee, he often wears a shirt with the Bungie Studios logo on it. He seems sometimes more easily perturbed than the other characters, and occasionally less confident, but has a high regard for education, current events, and journalistic integrity. He seems frustrated fairly often by what he perceives as scientific illiteracy among the general populace. He was known to be taking, and may still be taking, some sort of medication, possibly psychiatric in nature.
  • JM - JM has black hair and a goatee somewhat similar to Matt's, but is rather stockier and heavier of build. He wears a shirt with a Superman-like logo on it that has an "SP" instead of an "S" on it, which stands for "SuperPimp". He is the least irascible of the characters, an unflappable young man who seems unsurprised by the less pleasant sides of the world in which he lives, maintaining a gentle stoicism and sense of humor about it. He was responsible for convincing the other characters to move into the house in which they now live.
  • Drew - Drew is a cynical computer science major who is "permanently" angry. He is thin, with brown hair that has changed styles several times over the course of the strip, but always has a goatee, glasses, and glowing red eyes. He is dismissive of intellectual arrogance, though he does not always respond to those he considers less bright than himself with good humor. He enjoys pulling pranks on other people.
  • Micah Chang - Micah is a usually-cheerful young man who is given to impulsivity at times, such as jumping off a second-story balcony while imitating the famous music video for Fatboy Slim's song "Weapon of Choice". He is the most obsessive gamer of the group. He has longish black hair, is at least half-Chinese, and usually is portrayed as wearing a mostly-black, Asian-style coat with two white bars on the collar and voluminous sleeves. He started out as a compulsive EverQuest player, in which he plays a gnome, but switched to World of Warcraft later on in the strip. His courtship (in a fairly loose sense of the word) and relationship with Helen Richter was one of the strip's themes for some time, though she has since broken up with him.
  • Helen Richter - Helen is a former architecture student, generally cheerful but with a tendency to be quite sarcastic when annoyed, and is the only major female character of the series. She has long brown hair, a slender build, and is known to be quite physically attractive; she often wears a pink-and-white T-shirt with a deranged-looking smiley face on it. She dated Micah for some time, but eventually broke up with him. However, while they were together, Micah convinced her to begin playing EverQuest with him, though at Ian's suggestion she switched to World of Warcraft, and she is now a regular player of that.

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Supporting characters

  • Alan - An aggressive rival of Drew (though not always antagonistic to him), Alan is often the victim of Drew's pranks. He tends to hang out with either Jon or Drew.
  • Jon - A college failure (he was kicked out for poor grades) who still hangs around the dorm. He sticks around the campus to play video games and use the college's high-speed Internet access.
  • Mike - A friend of Helen who works at the college's sound studio. Popular with the ladies, but only when he isn't trying. He hasn't appeared in the strip for several years.
  • Helen's mother - An attractive older woman who seems to take life as it comes, who usually appears with Helen's sister in portrayals of Helen's home life.
  • Helen's sister - A bright-eyed little girl with a shock of wild red hair. She is in grade school, and does not always seem to enjoy the best or most forward-thinking teaching by her instructors, which has formed the basis of a few strips.
  • Jason - Helen's ex-boyfriend, who resembled a classic nerd stereotype, thin and weak-looking with thick glasses and a pocket protector. He broke up with her because he thought they should see other people, which made no sense to the other people at the campus.
  • Anthony - A somewhat violent friend of Ian's from back home and a self-described "car-ninja".
  • Cthulhu - An H. P. Lovecraft character who pops up in the story now and then.
  • Ren - Ian's character in the Morrowind video game. She is a moogle who sometimes appears wearing armor and carrying a sword.
  • Prof. Dave Theison - Better known as the 'Hawaiian-shirt professor' who teaches one of Drew's classes. He hired Drew as his assistant because they share the same cynical outlook on life. He was based on the University of Maryland professor of the same name who died in 2003.
  • Jes - Also known as "That chick with Mac Hall", is the real life girlfriend of artist Ian. She appears in many convention reports and escapades, as well as maintains the gallery. Jes is also the business manager and convention coordiator for the comic and a more reliable member of the team to reply to emails.

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Digimon

A notable in-joke with Mac Hall revolves around an attention grabbing gag involving Digimon, specifically Digimon porn. Early on, Boyd and McConville noted that the top search engine terms that led people to Mac Hall all had to do with Digimon Porn. So the joke was made that in order to boost traffic they would pander to the tastes of those people. As a result, a large number of websites of that persuasion linked to the comic, much to the chagrin and amusement of the authors. This particular gag sticks out, most likely because of its sexual content. However, it does not accurately reflect any of the comics material.[7] Digimon , short for デジタルモンスター dejitaru monsutā, Digital Monster) is a popular Japanese series of media and merchandise, including anime, manga, toys, video games, trading card games and other media. ... Pornographic movies Pornography (Porn) (from Greek πόρνη (porne) prostitute and γραφή (grafe) writing), more informally referred to as porn or porno, is the explicit representation of the human body or sexual activity with the goal of sexual arousal. ...


Books

Mac Hall has released one book, Mac Hall Volume:1, which covers the first 19 months of comics published by Mac Hall.

  • Mac Hall: Volume Whatever (vol. 1); August 25, 2004 ISBN 0-9746966-3-3

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See also

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References

  1. ^ McConville, Ian. "Hitch Hiker's Guide to MH". Machall.com. November 29, 2001.
  2. ^ My Apologies To Drew. Mac Hall (2000-12-04). Retrieved on November 7, 2006.
  3. ^ Childish Things. Mac Hall (2006-09-22). Retrieved on September 22, 2006.
  4. ^ http://www.threepanelsoul.com/archive.php?year=2006
  5. ^ http://www.threepanelsoul.com/news.php
  6. ^ Testcomic. Mac Hall (2006-12-01). Retrieved on December 1, 2006.
  7. ^ Fan Service My Ass. Mac Hall (2001-08-23). Retrieved on July 29, 2006.

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