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24th Mar 2017, 10:31 PM #1
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On today's page,things could have gone a lot better. That is to say, it was a total fail. Now the time of the attack and the end of the chapter are drawing closer, and a lot of stuff is going to happen! We're rapidly approaching the end of the first arc of the comic.
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24th Mar 2017, 9:22 PM #2
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Manga is a cartoonish style. Now hear me out, it's not generalising to say it, it's true. Just as there's not one western style and you can have very simplistic and very complex western art, the same is true for manga. But at the end of the day it is still at least somewhat stylised, and there are still things you can't learn or won't learn so well from drawing exclusively manga in art class as opposed to realistically.

And yes, the genre is complex, but in truth, the majority of people do just draw the simplistic stuff because it's what appeals to them. I know this, I used to draw in that style, you can find it all over the internet. And some people just don't like it, sure it sucks but that's the way it is. But it doesn't matter what they think about it, you need to learn how everything works before you can stylise (in your own time.) When you're in an art class, you should draw how you're told to. It's no different to any other class in that respect.
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24th Mar 2017, 12:58 PM #3
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22nd Mar 2017, 4:25 PM #4
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I'm super into Berserk, by Kentaro Miura right now. It's so, so awesome. The art is just amazing. The style, anatomy, shading, consistency, backgrounds... It's all perfect and I love it. Especially the way he draws faces, there's so much variety, literally no one looks the same, or even similar to another character. I have feeling Berserk is going to become a big influence for me... it's clear to me there's so much I can learn from it, and it's really helped me realise just where I need to improve. It's just... best art. And it's easy to appreciate too, it's not so ridiculously complex you can't see what's going on. and I do really like the story too, it's so delightfully dark. I do like a bit of misery in stuff I read. >:D
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21st Mar 2017, 10:23 PM #5
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Welcome back to drawing! :D Yeah, it's pretty hard. I barely drew at all for two years after I first left CF, and when I came back, it was like learning from scratch with a new comic. I hadn't been good to begin with, either! It was eventually scrapped, but that comic really helped me improve. Right now I'm working on anatomy. I have this page of faces and hands. What seems to help me is picking out stuff that needs work, and doing it. I'm always trying to think of new stuff that needs work ^w^

The more you do, the more it'll all come back and it'll be easier 0w0
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21st Mar 2017, 8:55 PM #6
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Yeah, Comicfury doesn't automatically resize pages no matter what template you use, and as far as I know, there's no trick to get it to do this. (Someone might correct me on this) But the simplest way is to resize the image in an art program before you upload it. From what I've read before, under 800px across shows up fine for pretty much everyone, and under 1000px is usually alright, but maybe on the big side. I tend to upload slightly smaller myself.
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21st Mar 2017, 8:45 PM #7
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What I tend to do for place names in my comic (countries, mainly) is choose several real words, combine them with real place name suffixes, and corrupt and change them until they sound A: completely different to how they used to and B: good enough. Sometimes I sneak some extra meaning in there with the original word/s, but usually they're completely unrelated. Going with something random sounding also helps disguise if you're doing this!

Also, sometimes normal words on their own can be pretty interesting place names, especially if it's strange or rarely used words, or ones you wouldn't think of as place names. Manga has some pretty great examples of this, I've read stuff with places called stuff like 'Octopus' or 'Tudor' or 'Bubble.' those particular examples are pretty weird sounding, but there are plenty of words to consider that may sound more suitable! Also sometimes word generators,scramblers or anagram-ers can be pretty useful. But I do remember finding place names an absolute nightmare. The country the comic begins (Sairith) didn't have a name until many months after I'd started.
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21st Mar 2017, 8:10 PM #8
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Hmm... Well, I do a big list of every page to be in the chapter, and plan the basic premise for each page. Then, for the individual pages, I write a dialogue only script, then kind of picture what I want the layout to be like in my head, and kind of go for it. I have a big document listing everything that happens in the entire comic, and i've just started to divide it all up into the chapters and arcs in more detail. Before now, I've been doing that as I go.
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21st Mar 2017, 12:59 AM #9
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Oh gosh. I remember I came across some clips of dubbed Black Butler in an anime review thing once, and I think my ears almost bled. Worst voices ever. I'm not even exaggerating, it was almost offensive. XD I guess with dubs, the good ones are okay and the bad ones are the worst.

The really bad dubs do what the old Sailor Moon did, where they not only sound bad, but change a bunch of stuff too, even up to plot stuff. That being said, the anime I'm currently into seems to have a pretty good dub, and sometimes western stuff dubbed into Japanese can sound almost as bad! Like, I dare people to look up the Japanese version of 'let it grow.' (I know, I know. It already was not from a good movie.)
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18th Mar 2017, 7:59 PM #10
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Every comic link sends you to Dominic Deegan.
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18th Mar 2017, 12:12 AM #11
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Yeah, you can make chapters! After making your comic site, click on the comic management link on the left, manage chapters should be the fourth option down on the first tab (the one that comes up, most important.) If you then click on the second tab, comic pages, there is an option to upload one page, or up to 10 pages at once. The upload once page option is also there on the first tab :3
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17th Mar 2017, 9:53 PM #12
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AAAAaaahh congratulations! She's super adorable and so is that unicorn >w<
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17th Mar 2017, 9:50 PM #13
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Maybe you could check out meetup.com? You can join local groups there, and go to events, meet some new people and hang out. I think it's ideal for people in this kind of a situation, it's been a help to me. Or if you can't really get out right now, maybe check put some online games that involve other people, like xyzzy (cards against humanity) or town of salem.
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17th Mar 2017, 9:43 PM #14
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Hmmm... This is an interesting question! For mine, I'd say somewhere between 12A and 15 (British ratings.) It could probably quite happily be a 12A if it wasn't for the violence. It does happen eventually and whilst I don't intend for it to be super gory, there will be blood. There may also be the odd disturbing moment, I haven't quite gotten to planning that yet, so i'm not sure. There are also some pretty dark implications later. There's no swearing though XD

So actually yeah, I'd probably go with a 15, but it wouldn't take much of a rewrite to make it a 12A. Not going to, though. :P XD
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17th Mar 2017, 7:42 PM #15
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Ooh how wonderful! I really must check this out. what a great idea!
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16th Mar 2017, 12:19 PM #16
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Welcome to the site, and good luck with your comic! Sounds like you're making a good start. Hope you like it here too~
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15th Mar 2017, 10:36 PM #17
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Reveals can be so great and interesting, but sometimes having that stuff given out right away can diminish the impact. But if you don't consider it a spoiler, and if it's something you think readers'd be able to work out on their own, or helps set things up/ open up questions especially, go ahead and put it out there! I understand it's hard to advertise when absolutely everything must be a secret. I just recommend having really good think about what you want out there, and what you need to keep hidden. After all, you can always reveal something later, but it's almost impossible to take information back.
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14th Mar 2017, 11:09 PM #18
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Gosh, that sounds pretty stressful 0n0 glad to hear it's over, and you're gonna keep going. Myself, I was quite far into chapter 1 when I found out the font I was using changed its license from pretty much public domain to 'personal use only' or 'noncommercial' or something like that. I knew that If I ever wanted to entertain the thought of printing this comic, I'd have to change fonts. Thankfully, a comicfury user made some fonts they were happy for people to use, but it still meant relettering every page I'd done so far. It took me an entire evening. ^_^' I understand this is a small thing in comparison to redoing pages.
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14th Mar 2017, 1:29 AM #19
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You have a cute artstyle. I especially enjoy the exaggerated expression in the last panel! It rounds off the joke nicely. XD nothing is ever quite that simple, is it... I do think that your comic may benefit from more varied panels, maybe some more closeups, or different angles. It could help you make more room for your speech bubbles. Lastly, I guess I should say I find it really charming when characters in things have a signature colour. Just something that appeals to me -w-

On this week's page, Nate has learned what the pirates are going to do, and comes up with a hasty plan.
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12th Mar 2017, 8:12 PM #20
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I feel this. I know logically I don't draw anything I should feel ashamed of, but for some reason I hate when people look over my shoulder as I draw. I'm fine sharing things when they're done, but when someone watches me i just feel super self conscious about every single pencil/mouse stroke, what if I mess up? And then I wonder that I'm being judged, what if they think my characters are cringey? It's just really really awkward for me. My sketches tend to be pretty rough and off model compared to the finished thing too, so I don't want people seeing that and thinking that's what my art looks like.

My dad has a 'hilarious' habit of looking over my shoulder in this really exaggerated way when i draw. And I don't really get how whenever I draw in public or around other people, it seems to be essential they say something about it? It's like, I'm fine until they look and do that, but now I feel weird XD
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