Yo dudes! Thanks to everyone who sent their pieces in already. Just a reminder that the deadline is tomorrow, and tomorrow evening I will be sending out reminder PMs. If I haven't heard anything back by the 26 I'll be contacting the backups. We currently have 22/33 pieces in. -w- We got this!
It's certainly doable! I agree with the idea it's okay, because people in real life can have similar names. The trick is to do it so that it's not confusing. Nicknames can indeed help, as can having the characters with similar names be far apart and not really have anything to do with each other. George R R Martin is very good at this and does it a lot. For example, in his books there's a Bran and a Bronn, but they never meet, and I've never seen anyone confuse them. It may also help that they're very different characters.
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1- I think these may be social media, but I'm not sure. In any case they don't really show up anywhere, so I wouldn't worry about it.
2- Do you mean a drawing tablet? If so, yeah a lot of people use those. I do, I used to draw with a mouse, but I switched to a tablet a while ago. They do take some getting used to, but once you do they give good results. I'd recommend one, if you're interested in doing digital art.
3- Absolutely, if you have the right program/brushes!
This is quite small so it's hard to see but I drew this digitally using frenden's 'thick soft pencil brush' in Manga Studio 4. Frenden's traditional media pack costs money but gives great results. depending on what you use you may be able to find something for free.
Minor question: I believe it started 2008? but don't quote me on that. The site is small, but I don't think it's dying. hard to say how many users there are, because not everyone uses the forums. If you do use the forums you will see familiar faces.
4- There isn't really a right answer to this one! different times may give different results, so it's worth thinking about and maybe experimenting, but i think the important thing is consistency. to me, at least.
5- Not sure! I think for me I just tend to prefer things with a story.
6- Hmm... I guess my main advice would be to enjoy what you do! Make that your main reason for doing your comic, and try to worry about subs as little as you can. They are nice, but it's easy to fall into the trap of judging yourself, or comparing your work to others and feeling bad. Someone once told me that you can't control who reads your stuff, but you are the only one who can get your idea out there, and make it the best it can be 0w0
Not having a buffer makes me uncomfortable. I always try to keep at least 12 pages, and right now I have around 14, which is 3 1/2 months, I believe. It makes me feel nice and secure and know that even with stuff like technology issues and surgery, I'll always be able to keep up. A con is that it can mean I'm not able to make certain improvements to my art fast enough. But I'd say it's worth it.
The more characters something has usually, the more likely I am to not care about them, unless the writing is spectactular. I mean, here I'm talking about like, big, big numbers, having multiple protags is ok. Usually it doesn't really matter, I like stuff with all different numbers of characters, but I have noticed my very favoruite stuff tends to have a smaller number of main characters.
If someone clicks on your comic and reads one page, you'll get a visitor and a view. If that person reads six pages, you'll get one visitor and six views. Different pages are counted individually, and CF users and users from outside are counted together.
For a start, it may be petty, but I won't even touch a comic that has the word 'bl' on its avatar. (Most of Tapas tbh) I've read enough to know these comics are usually the same. Yeah, I've gotten judgy.
Stuff that will make me stop reading once I've clicked are horizontal scrolling, a poor choice of font, boring and complicated plots I don't understand, and indistinguishable character designs. I'm also not a fan of certain genres like gag a day, so I probably won't read those. I like the writing and characters to be good, but I think I'm quite forgiving when it comes to art and grammar -w-
So yeah like... if something has characters I like, It'll usually be enough to make me stick around. But I don't pick new stuff up extreeeemely often,and most of the time when I stop reading something without subbing it's just because it didn't grab my interest.
Yeah, I'm planning on it! I'm working on the outline for the plot at the moment, and I'm making decent progress. Can't really say too much at the moment, but it's another thing set in Beyond's universe.
When I work on something no matter what it is, I need a really solid plan for everything. If I don't have one, it tends to go really badly. Before my current comic, that was how everything I tried to write went ^_^' But now I know, so I'll give it my best shot. Probably won't have finished, but I hope to make a decent wordcount anyway!