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20th Oct 2010, 7:39 PM #41
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I don't hate MS Paint, but I don't really consider it a good art tool. Even if you don't want to learn how to use a program like Gimp or PS, you'd be better off drawing something by hand than using MS Paint. And once you start learning how to use something like PS, you'll realize how silly it is to keep relying on Paint, when Photoshop can do everything Paint can do X 1000 and make it look 1000 times better too. You just have to learn it, which yes involves work.

That being said, I don't think the matter is hugely important when considering certain kinds of webcomics. Some webcomics rely more heavily on jokes and some rely more heavily on good visual art. If yours belongs to the first group, then it doesn't make a heck of a lot of difference if you're doodling with a Wacom in PS or drawing pixellated lines in Paint. The point is still made, and the joke is (hopefully) still funny. The advantage of Paint is that you can make crappy drawings a lot faster than you can in Photoshop (try it) so if your comic is of the "badly drawn" genre and you have no intention of ever really improving the art then Paint can be a good thing.
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20th Oct 2010, 6:16 PM #42
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fleppo:example for what Micah hate ;>

drouggs.thecomicseries.com


OH GOD I HATE THIS SO MU--...wait..uh....he..hehehe.... hehehahahahahAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

*dies*
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20th Oct 2010, 8:15 AM #43
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Ferix:
Kelly Ann:
Micah:Okay, I officially want to kill myself now.


I'll join you. >_>


Sorry rules are creative deaths only, no jumping, cutting, shooting, pills or poisoning - Fire is acceptable but you lose points for uncreative uses.

Deaths will be reviewed by a panel of judges and faxed with respective prices to next of kin.

That said,

el oh el


What if I take a bunch of pills and jump from a burning building into a Bolivian firing squad armed with poisoned bayonets? I mean that's gotta count for something.
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"Things You Hate (in webcomics)", 20th Oct 2010, 8:10 AM #44
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You know when you start reading a webcomic and then you run into something and you go "Oh no, not that. Not AGAIN. Oh god, the pain." What are some of the things that make you do this? Basically, webcomic pet peeves.

For me personally I would have to say:
-excessive cut-pasted visuals (unless there is a clever or satirical element to them)
-good jokes in a lazily drawn comic (I think there is a distinction between a comic that is "badly drawn" in an endearing or earnest way and a comic that was basically just doodled in 30 seconds on a napkin with no attempt to ever refine or improve the art)
-when the very first strip of a gag-a-day does not make me laugh, nor smile, nor inwardly chuckle, nor even remotely suggest any form of humour to any part of my shrivelled and condemned soul.
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20th Oct 2010, 7:55 AM #45
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This place is cool. Like, Angry Rob says obnoxious stuff all the time, and we still love him, so... enough said.
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20th Oct 2010, 4:57 AM #46
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I like the option that Blogger has for it to send you an email when someone replies to a post you made or commented in. It can potentially create a lot of spam, but I would rather get the email notifications and delete them than never know when someone is replying. Plus it means I just check my email inbox for everything, as opposed to logging on this site, that site, the other site, etc.
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20th Oct 2010, 4:52 AM #47
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Okay, I officially want to kill myself now.
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18th Oct 2010, 1:27 AM #48
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I wanna see Ferix. If A-Man was still here I'd wanna see him too.

Kelly Ann!

Also, Bishop, fo sho' even though he hasn't graced us with his presence in months.

And that Transpose Operator genius. Um...Roxy. T.O. kicks pants.

Yeah. Oh and thanks for nominating me Ferix, you rock. I wish I had more time to be around here.
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16th Oct 2010, 5:12 AM #49
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Hi, and welcome. I'm barely ever around, but this is a cool place, as internet places go.
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16th Oct 2010, 5:09 AM #50
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TanteiSakana:Nothing. Leave the word balloons blank. That way you'll save yourself effort and make people think you're being symbolic at the same time.


I second that.
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11th Oct 2010, 4:12 AM #51
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Geez, now I feel like an alcoholic.

I go through phases in which I drink heavily. In fact some of the posting I have done on this forum in the past has been drunk. (It probably shows...I get really opinionated and wordy.)

I recently cut back on drinking because of financial issues (I basically live below the poverty line, have done so for the past year now).

I don't drink when I draw. It doesn't make me a better artist, not in the slightest. If I do anything creative while drunk, it usually involves writing or music. Or writing music.
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4th Oct 2010, 1:53 AM #52
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My advice:

Don't charge for your art unless you are charging a decent amount. If you make the price too low people think you're like a passive eager beaver and you invite people to abuse you with nonsense requests. You must obey these requests because they are "paying" you, so it's sort of the equivalent of stabbing yourself in the eye. If you're charging 25 cents, just make it free, then you won't feel like you *have* to finish it or comply with b.s. requests. If you make the price decent, people take you more seriously and they don't ask you to do things unless they're willing to pay for them.

If you decide to charge for your work, accept a certain amount of payment in advance. I've had it happen where a client requests a commission and then decides that they don't like the drawing I spent hours on and they aren't going to pay me, and I really brought it on myself by being too nice at the outset. Be firm, take yourself and your work and your time seriously. If it's cheap-as-free, might as well make it a gift and have no obligations. If it's a commission, it becomes a job and they have to respect that. Don't let people yank your chain.
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27th Sep 2010, 1:24 AM #53
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Thanks everyone for the great critiques. I'll be trying to implement some of these suggestions in the upcoming pages.

Oh, and that ellipsis thing. Good point, I should change that.
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"Critique/Advice on Bone Realm.", 25th Sep 2010, 6:55 AM #54
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Okay, so I've swallowed my cowardice and I'm just going to go ahead and ask you what your honest opinion is here. I realize not a lot has happened in Bone Realm plotwise so far, but a couple chapters are up. I know a lot of things are messed up in the comic, but I guess I'd still like to hear it from you guys. My main concerns so far:

1) I can't seem to fix on a style, mainly for backgrounds. I absolutely hate backgrounds. I pretty much draw the characters the same way everytime, but the backgrounds change almost every page. The hard thing about this is I'm not sure I WANT the style to remain fixed. I love the feeling of just letting the comic sort of draw itself, but I'd still like some advice on how to handle the backgrounds.

2) Page One (the one with the skeleton running in the desert) is a godawful piece of crap. I intend to redraw it, eventually.

3) I don't want the plot to be obvious or cliche or whatever, but am I maybe overdoing it? Is it too obtuse? Basically I feel like nothing has been revealed, but things have been inferred by sight or conversation. The main crisis hasn't happened yet, so I guess what I'm asking is, am I doing a good job of introducing these characters?

4) My drawing style involves hundreds, sometimes thousands, of lines per page. Am I completely INSANE? I keep asking myself if I should just simplify everything, but then I don't want my style to feel too much like a Mignola ("Hellboy") knockoff.
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25th Sep 2010, 6:22 AM #55
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DonCassieCass:Update more! :P
Besides that, I like the layout and the style you have. Good work!


Ooohhh...I'm a-feared of the scary biweekly update...

I've been wanting to do twice a week, but I'll have to see how the workload for this quarter hammers out before I commit to anything.


Be careful of that bi-weekly thing. I tried it once, and well... LOOK AT MEEEEE!!!
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25th Sep 2010, 6:16 AM #56
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I usually end life drawing classes by slaying and devouring the model, sometimes raw. In which case the drawing is forgotten in the feasting and revelry.

Part of becoming better at art is learning to accept that your current level of skill is acceptable, and that it's more about constant learning and development than it is about producing a "perfect" product. In any case, the models get paid, so... I don't think they're standing there thinking "Gawdammit, I hope SOMEBODY produces a masterful rendition of my buttocks today."
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24th Sep 2010, 5:19 AM #57
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I like the way it looks. Good art, pretty colours. I guess my only complaint is that nothing bad has happened, and there doesn't seem to be any foreshadowing or intent of anything possibly bad ever happening. The story would be more dynamic with a little tragedy and danger. Maybe that comes later? but still foreshadowing or dark hints would be nice if that was the case. This guy looks down at earth and he sees all these good things...he doesn't see any bad things? Maybe it's those glasses he wears...

I'm not trying to shoot it down, it's a really charming, beautiful piece of work so far. But I'm a gloomy gus, and I like stories in which the protagonist is flawed and suffers.
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24th Sep 2010, 4:54 AM #58
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Disregarding any prejudice you may have inferred against other people's work, I commiserate somewhat with your frustration, Mad-Tar-fellow... my main comic requires many hours of work to produce a single page. However, I don't really blame anyone when it gets kicked off the front page. The site is free, so I can't complain. My own semi-solution was to create another gag-based comic on the side that I can draw in about 10 minutes. And you know what? In the end, it doesn't really matter. My main comic is of a high enough quality that it has managed to stay neck-on-neck, statistically, with the badly-drawn daily updater (though both have been on hiatus for a few months and only just started updating again). And I've noticed that this trend is pretty consistent around the site. Well-made comics tend to get more hits, regardless of how often they hit the front page.

So I guess what I'm saying is, don't worry about it too much. The front page is really not a huge deal. If people like your comic, they will subscribe or bookmark it, and then it doesn't matter if it's on the front page because they are linking directly to your comic. Ain't the internet GRAND, folks?
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21st Jul 2010, 9:34 AM #59
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BlackMageBrad:I'm gonna go ahead and throw Ferrets out in the open.


AAAGH! NOT THE FERRETS!!! *claws at eyes*
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21st Jul 2010, 7:11 AM #60
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Wait... this isn't a thread about dating?

*backs slowly out*
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