My books I worked so hard to self publish in paper were stolen and uploaded into dozens of pirate libraries. Lots of people then wrote to me gloating and being super proud of having read them for free. I stopped writing in Russian after this.
Some strange person began publishing my comic (Russian version) on joyreactor without even asking me. Fortunately, they weren't very smart and a very simple measure, a code forbidding right clicking on images stopped them.
And my drawings and photos from stock (Dreamstime) had been stolen multiple times and there was no way to stop it.
I began trying to draw at age 22. I had several novels written by then and wanted them to have beautiful covers. I was so broke, even worse than I am now. I realized I'll never be able to pay an artist and decided to make the covers myself.
Learning to draw wasn't fun at all. I'm hopelessly untalented here, so it took me a lot of effort and time. I still cannot draw without some "crutch" (mannequin or photo reference), cannot properly color, and find blank pages super scary.
I have a paper model of one of my characters (Rikter) I made with Blender and Pepakura.
I give it as a bonus to people who support me with at least a dollar.
And you can buy the template in my Gumroad store to print and assemble it yourself.
Thank you for the review (and reading such a long comic)!
I really enjoy reading this thread, all the reviews you write. The way you approach each comic is so kind and gentle it melts my heart. I guess all comic artists need to experience such kindness from time to time to keep going. It's so refreshing after all the harsh critiques we give ourselves and receive from others.
ClickMe2WinFREE-iPod:Ah yeah, that makes sense. I'll stick with the original style for now.
Here's my review of Gifts of Wandering Ice! Sorry about the delay, it was a busy week at school.
Gifts of Wandering Ice is a science fiction story. It takes place in a flooded, post-apocalypse Earth which has recently experienced an ice age. The "wandering ice" of the title refers to the many icebergs that float adrift in the seas, and the "gifts" refers to something really cool: due to the nature of the apocalypse, many items from the past (some good, some bad) have remained perfectly encased in the ice and are sometimes able to be extracted! I won't go too deep into explaining this because a lot of these gifts are best left as a surprise, so I'll just say that there are some very creative implications.
From the remainders of humanity that survived the apocalypse, two societies emerged: the cave dwellers and the hunters. The cave dwellers are technologically-minded, they take a great interest in the ice gifts and incorporate the salvaged items in their society. The hunters, on the other hand, live closer to nature and place a high value on art and storytelling.
I like the concept of these two societies, it's refreshing that they live in a peaceful contrast with each other instead of just fighting all the time. The distinction between these two societies has some deeper meaning to it (if I read it correctly, the cave dwellers represent the archetypal "left" side of the brain while the hunters embody the "right" side). Chapter 3 provides some interesting commentary on this, the part about how imagination affects the real world was honestly kind of fascinating. (Side-note: there's actually a quiz on the comic's site where you can see if you'd be a cave dweller or a hunter! [link] I suggest checking it out! I'm a cave dweller of course. ;] )
The comic follows a cast of central characters, ostensibly with the young hunter Rikter as the protagonist. I noticed that there's a common theme of focusing on two characters and exploring their interactions until they reach some kind of mutual understanding. Specifically, Tim and Rita's story together was done really well in my opinion.
The pace of the story is fairly slow, but in a good way: there's a certain balance between the daily lives of the characters, the lore of the story, and the overarching plot. It takes a while for some of the more traditionally "sci-fi" aspects to be introduced, but they're more exciting as a result! Again, I'd like to list specific points in the story, but I don't want to spoil anything for potential readers.
I feel like there's a lot of support for the themes of discovery and understanding in the comic. There's a very warm and human approach to how everything is portrayed, even though there are a significant amount of looming mysteries and dark implications in the story. It's a very thoughtful comic, you do a great job of combining these different elements in such a way that they all support each other.[/spoiler]
I tried, but it scares my inspiration away and always kills the story (I've killed several before I stopped trying), I completely lose interest in it, it becomes a routine, a job, a burden and I have enough of these things already. I just want an imaginary world to escape to, to explore it, watch its story unfold and keep wondering how it will end. Scripting destroys this magic.
MK_Wizard:I just can't imagine how anyone can feel good being so cruel to someone they don't even know. And even when you do, why waste your time doing that? You're just hurting yourself while hoping the other person will die.
You ask this question very often, in different discussions. I know, it's off topic, but let me answer. Some people enjoy being cruel to others, their brain is wired this way. I even have a page in my comic explaining this (mirror neurons and other stuff). This flaw (lack of emotional empathy) can be compensated by developing cognitive empathy, but it requires a lot of conscious effort and not many people want that.
As to Webtoons, you cannot do more than reporting comments, I'm afraid :(
Using OpenOffice or Scribus would be fine if it wasn't about assembling over 450 images together. I think this method better suits a book that has more text than illustrations in it. I need something to automate the process.
So Photoshop pdf export seems the best option for me at the moment. I'll give it a try.
I'd just take the appearance I have in my dreams when I sleep: a tall, strong man in his twenties, healthy (no astma) and handsome. This is the body I really feel comfortable in. Waking up to my real body is always a shock.