It is better to be the hammer than the anvil May 22, 2023May 15, 2023 by James Baker UPDATE: Watch the FILM NOIR MOVIE version.
34 thoughts on “It is better to be the hammer than the anvil”
Awesome! Loved it!
Thank you! I’ve wanted to do this for years and finally got around to actually DOING it.
Love these, Jamie!
Thanks, Dave! Years ago (when at Maverix Studios) I had the idea of doing some silly comics using fortune cookie fortunes as prompts. I collected tons of fortunes & kept them in a take-out box (like the one seen in last panel). I even thumbnailed a few ideas but never got around to finishing anything. Till now!
these are great!
I have a few other silly stories using fortunes as prompts. Hopefully I’ll draw those too, someday!
Jamie, You know, when you see something so great, you think it must have been done before, but then it hasn’t , and it is such a simple great idea that why wasn’t it done before….?
You know, how Eisenstein said cinema is when two ideas are put together and create a third idea…?
Just trying to say how freakin great this is!
Please continue to be great, my friend.
Hey Scott! I’m glad you like this idea. I had the notion a long time ago and have been collecting fortunes for many years. Stringing a storyline based on the fortunes was harder than I’d initially thought. Mainly because 80% of the phrases are pretty generic & repetitive (I must have 30 copies of “the time is right to make new friends”). But occasionally there comes a profound gem, and with enough of those, a story idea begins to gel. Great to hear from you, and thanks for commenting!
Thanks Peter! Glad you like my latest silliness.
Thanks for sharing JB! Wonderful colour rendering and love the subtle mix of fonts – those familiar and your own.
I cant take credit for the Fortune Cookie fonts. these are simply scans of the actual fortunes I’ve saved. But I wrote everything else!
Brilliant. They do sound noir!
Tee Hee! I selected some of the sombre ones!
Absolutely genius!!! Love them Jamie!
I’m so glad that you like it Ashley!
Love this/these Jamie. Really brilliant. I can see them on t-shirts/sweatshirts… and posters!!!! Really great!!!
Hi by the way!
get them printed tiny, for Cookie Fortunes! Great to hear from you, Victoria. It has been a while!
Always so amazing, and what a great idea! I’m on one of those work call meetings I don’t need to be on, so thank you for making it a bit more tolerable :)
Ha ha! glad to have been of assistance!
You are brilliant!
Wha?.. YOU are crazy! (but thank you).
Love your interpretation / adaption of the fortunes into zen – noir. You are a genius Baker! A true genius. I am humble in your shadow.
Ha! Well thank you, Jim! It was all done with AI (Average Intelligence).
Love “Your luck has completely changed today.” !
Thanks Mike! It was fun sifting through the box of fortunes I’d collected to find the right match of text & image.
Glad that you enjoyed it, Alex!
lovely work James, and extra admiration for following through with an idea that you’ve had percolating a long while, i presume. apart from all the other loveliness, can you describe your technique of adding the speckly texture?
I have a few texture layers, some above the characters, and some below. Dark textures are usually set to MULTIPLY. Light textures are set to OVERLAY, all to varying opacities. Most of these layers are made with gradients applied using the DISSOLVE quality at about 60% which makes a grainy layer. Sometimes scaled up for a more gritty effect. Additionally, sometimes I apply a gradient using DISSOLVE and then contain it in a clipping mask, so that it affects only one area (usually a character). I’ve been playing with this approach for a while now so I keep the texture layers and often reuse them in a new piece.
Thanks for reading and commenting!
I never appreciated how Noir fortunes are but will now always read them that way! What a great idea. I’ve now read it several times and just love it. This is a concept made for a writer’s strike.
Ha ha! Who needs a script when you can throw a bunch of FORTUNES up in the air?
I have a few other ideas for FORTUNE COOKIE THEATRE that aren’t necessarily NOIR, but starting in a restaurant seemed a good way to introduce the concept. A Chinese restaurant in SF, was the obvious choice, and 2023 is year of the RABBIT.. That led to populating the rest of the cast with other zodiac critters.. so the rest of the ‘story’ just flowed out of those early choices.
Thanks for reading and commenting, Nicole!
This is incredibly clever!!! The music is perfect too.
Thanks Priscilla! Julia found the music, which fits perfectly, doesn’t it!