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Yesterday, 3:34 AM #1
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my face is melting like the scene in Indiana Jones where they were opening the Ark of the Covenant.

stop,,,,,,,,blease, i have a family to feed. and by family i mean myself
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Yesterday, 3:31 AM #2
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Are we finally going to learn more about the HORSE?
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3 days ago, 9:29 PM #3
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whiteshaix:I'd like to, but of course he'd have to either pose as an alien or be "humanized". Could be interesting.
And yes, I'm still adding cameos. I like to draw things happening in the background while the main characters talk. :)


Thank you! He could definitely pose as an alien. My characters are sort of alien species, anyway, so that would work.
It'd also be interesting to see a more humany version of him, as well. I don't have any of my own drawings of him as a human, but I did happen to make a Bitmoji of him that I use regularly when texting my husband. It's pretty much an inside joke, but it's weirdly accurate to how I think he'd look as a human (aside from the weird chibi proportions, but you get the idea anyway).

spoiler: dumb


I dunno if that helps at all. Maybe? Haha.
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3 days ago, 8:49 PM #4
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Are you still doing this?

If you're still in need in borrowing characters for crowd scenes, you can stick Gideon in there. He is very tall and self-conscious of his height. He dislikes crowds and has really bad social anxiety, so if he's around a lot of people, he'd be visibly uncomfortable and nervous.

Link to ref sheet

thank you!
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3 days ago, 2:38 AM #5
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I LOVE HIM!!!!!!! Thank you! This painting feels like a cold, crispy winter day. I see mourning doves puffed up and sitting just like this a lot. Thanks again.
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3 days ago, 1:41 AM #6
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Rough sketch for Page 13 of Chapter 2. Were you wondering why Gideon buys so many boxes of Krazy Noodles? It's because he uses them to build these massive sculptures. He has specifically selected Krazy Noodles for their high starch content and gluey consistency, which makes them sticky and moldable.

Why he makes noodle sculptures to begin with remains to be seen.

Anyways.

Welcome to Krazy Noodle Massacre.

I think this is the first time we've ever seen Gideon genuinely smile.

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Edit: added some inks with Procreate. I’m falling asleep, so this is all I’m going to get done today.

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4 days ago, 10:01 PM #7
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18. If you’re interested in printing, have you thought about or researched options (crowdfunding, print-on-demand, front the money yourself)? If you have experience with crowdfunding or printing/shipping, do you have any tips to share?


Oh yes. I've always wanted to print my book. I want it to be a size that's larger than standard, preferably at around 9"x11". I'd crowdfund it using Kickstarter or something similar. That's a few years down the road, though.

I have printed the first chapter of KNM, but it was a couple years ago. This was before I redid the lettering. The print quality ain't so great. Here's what I've learned.

Don't rush it. PLEASE. I was trying to get ready for a convention and I didn't even have time to get a proof printed, so I had a rush job done. I can't even describe the disappointment I felt when I opened the shipping box full of my comics and saw how inaccurate the colors were. You need a lot of time to work with your printers to clear up any mistakes. It's preferable to work with a printer that knows how to handle original art in addition to graphics and business promotion materials.

Try to work with a printer that's local to you. The printer I used was located clear across the country and it was difficult to work with them due to the geographic distance. If you do work with a local printer, use one that actually knows what they're doing. Franchise locations like Kinko's and similar places vary wildly in quality. I used Minuteman Press for a few art prints and the colors were just wrong. They couldn't figure out why the darker colors weren't coming out right, and they eventually discovered that they hadn't calibrated their laser printer in over a year. You'd think they'd do that on the reg, but nope. At least they were willing to accommodate me until I was reasonably happy with the final result. That's more than can be said about the next situation I'm going to discuss.

Last but not least, don't let the print shop owners bully you into settling for something you aren't happy with. One of the local printers I tried came out with completely awful, blotchy proofs of my art and tried to persuade me into buying the full set without having additional proofs done. I told them I wasn't happy with the print quality and wouldn't be buying them without adjusting the proof. He told me something to the effect of, "What do you mean? It's colorful, you can see the details and everything. After all that, you don't want to work with us? I thought you wanted good art prints!" I told them I'd be taking my business elsewhere if they were going to talk down to me like that. Then another one of the employees came by and said, "We have the most high-tech printers in town, you won't find anything better." That was a flat-out lie, because I later learned there was a better printer right down the street that did everything from promotional flyers to offset printing to vehicle wraps. And this little place was nothing but a couple computers in a room with a laser printer. I wish I'd used the large facility to begin with, but I was really damn young at the time and I didn't know of its existence. I'm getting salty just thinking about it.

I think it’s necessary to add that I was not rude to this man at all. All I did was ask him to adjust the proof and he took it personally. Whether you think it’s justified or not, don’t verbally abuse your customers.

That's about all I have to say for now. If I end up with a successful print run of either books or art pieces, I'll make a new thread about my experiences.
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4 days ago, 5:50 AM #8
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Added colors for Chapter 2 Page 12!

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4 days ago, 5:48 AM #9
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Added colors for Chapter 2 Pg 12.
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4 days ago, 4:29 AM #10
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YAY THIS IS MY KIND OF THREAD

Could I get a mourning dove or another member of Columbidae family? I love chubby birbs.
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5 days ago, 2:54 AM #11
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Is making money or off-setting costs important to you? Do you have a Patreon, Ko-fi, or other method for receiving reader support? Do you offer and deliver on perks? Is it getting engagement? Are there steps you could take to make readers more aware or more engaged with your support platform (an intro video, explaining why you do it, setting goals, etc)? Are there any suggestions or resources about fostering support that you’d like to share?


Not right now. I've thought about setting up either a Patreon or a Ko-Fi, but I don't feel right about asking my tiny audience for money, especially when I'm not able to post regularly. When I first started out, I romanticized the idea of living off my comic, but desperately trying to monetize my pet project sucked the fun out of it. I have a job and I don't think I'll have much trouble finding employment as a graphic designer. I enjoy school projects and client work, but at the same time, I don't have much personal investment in it because it's mostly transactional. My own comic is difficult to monetize because I have so much personal baggage attached to it and I'm extremely picky about how it should look. Don't get me wrong, I'm open to the idea of it finding a larger audience and opening new doors for me. I have always wanted to print the completed book. I'd LOVE to have a few people tossing money at me every month for something I'd do whether they were paying me or not. But for right now, I'm mostly focused on writing and drawing the thing. That mad cash can wait.
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6 days ago, 8:54 PM #12
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You could try MediBang Paint for Android. It’s free and has a lot of features, including several customizable brushes, layers, and the regular stuff you’d expect out of a drawing tool. You can draw your entire comic with it if you wanted.

Autodesk Sketchbook is also free and is loaded with features, as well.
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6 days ago, 7:12 PM #13
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6 days ago, 3:38 AM #14
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I'm just now jumping in, but I thought I'd answer the questions from yesterday and today.

15. Do you spend money on making your comic, be it equipment, software, domain/hosting, paying collaborators, etc? Do you track your spending? Are you comfortable with the amount you spend? If not, how can you bring your spending down? Are there any cost-saving tips you’ve discovered that you’d like to share?


I bought a custom domain name for my comic because it seems more professional and it's not expensive.

I used to spend way more on my art when I was still doing traditional. I used Strathmore smooth Bristol, India ink, steel-nib pens, and friggin markers. Markers were the worst offender for emptying my wallet. I had to spend a lot of dosh on Copic refills, nib replacements, paper, ink, etc. Then I switched to digital art and the money problems eased up a lot.

Starting off with digital art can be expensive due to initial investments, but once you have everything you need, you only need to put small amounts of money aside for tablet pen nib replacements and new screen protectors. I recently had to buy more Apple Pencil tips, but they weren't too pricey. Sometimes I buy brush packs, but I look for free ones whenever I can.

Overall, I'm okay with the amount of money I'm spending now.

16. Do you have backup plans for software or hardware issues? For example, could you afford to replace a broken drawing tablet? Would sending your computer to Geek Squad for a week destroy your update schedule? If not, what's plan b? Do you have backups of your files? (This one is non-negotiable, backup your files)


What update schedule? I always have homework to do and it gets in the way of my comic time. As guilty as I feel about not being able to update with regularity, I have to remind myself that I can't afford to flunk out of school.

My files are all on a cloud drive and I can freely access them from any computer. I used to worry about my traditional drawings being lost in a flood or house fire, but with digital work and cloud storage, that's not an issue.

I could afford to replace a broken tablet. If I had to send my desktop to Geek Squad, I could draw on my iPad, and vice versa. Actually, breaking my iPad would be worse than breaking my computer because I use my iPad much more consistently. I wouldn't be able to draw while waiting between classes, which is how I get a lot of art done these days.
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One week ago, 6:14 PM #15
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Gonna wax philosophical here for a sec.

It’s necessary for my survival. It’s so ingrained into my psychology that I can say with complete sincerity that I’d collapse if I couldn’t do it. It feels like everything in my life comes back to my need to get the pictures and stories out of my head into the real world where not only I can see them, but others can, as well. And I’ll go to any length to show the richness of the weird world my characters live in. Writing and drawing stories is how I navigate this tangled, confusing maze of life. The fictional universe inside my head feels very real to me, and with any luck, I can make it real for others, too.
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One week ago, 3:58 AM #16
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This dude sounds really immature. I feel like he's one of those people who likes to push people's buttons and piss them off on purpose, but the minute someone tells him to knock it off, he shrinks away with his tail between his legs. I hope he grows up and cringes at how he used to behave. He probably needed to hear it. And for the record, I can't stand these kinds of people, either.
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One week ago, 1:59 AM #17
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I thought it was only going to be a fart. It wasn't.
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One week ago, 12:15 AM #18
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One of my neighbors hasn't changed the battery for their smoke detector in over a month. They always have their windows open and I can hear it chirping across the parking lot. blease....dollar general is less than a block away and 9V batteries cost less than $2 each...


I should probably mention it to management because they have someone who does a yearly check on smoke detectors. Maybe they don't know how to change the batteries? It's worth a checkup.

timelapse11:we had someone throw a grenade into someone else's window


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...I mean, I know you just explained it, but I'm still stuck on the part where you said someone threw a GRENADE into someone's WINDOW
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One week ago, 12:08 AM #19
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mightguy15:I am very sorry to hear that, and I hope you get that treatment you need soon.

Merged Doublepost:

Lost my cool with a creep at work today.

Was creeping on this girl for a while now, following her around and making her feel uncomfortable. Somehow they both ended up in my vicinity.

I hate creeps, so I pretty much told the guy she was my cousin and just didn't want to fuck with you, so just leave her alone or we were gonna have a problem.

I realized how easy I am to trigger. I actually really regret getting that mad, I want to think I'm someone with more emotional control. Maybe I just give myself too much credit for that though. Going to make some serious efforts in controlling how angry I get, I could have seriously handled that situation better.


Mightguy, thank you for standing up and saying something. I say that as someone who has been creeped on by a variety of dudes, and I WISHED that someone like you would snap at them and tell them to fuck off. You don't need to be polite when it comes to a potential life-or-death situation like this. Maybe that terminology sounds extreme, but creepers can escalate their behavior. Thanks for telling him what's what. You were triggered for all the right reasons and responded exactly the way you should have.
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9 days ago, 10:33 PM #20
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When I have a disgusting taste in my mouth and I have no access to toothpaste.

Like right now.
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