I'm running a crowd funding campaign to print my fantasy comic, Elf. This process is a ton of work and I'm learning a lot about what to do and what not to do. With about 2 weeks left, I still have a tough race ahead.
If you've read Elf, and dig it, please show your support by pledging on the Elf Kickstarter site or by telling your friends who're into comics or the fantasy genre! The way it works, even pledging $1 has a notably positive effect on the campaign, as it increases the popularity rating of the project, making it more visible.
When this campaign is over, I'll write an article about my experience running this project. I've gained some key insights, some of them learned the hard way. I'll share those insights, which will hopefully help those of you who are considering the crowd funding model to publish your comics in print form!
Your balloons look pretty good. Couple of things that might help:
1. Try to make word balloons that compliment the feel of the art. If the art is loose and whimsical, match that feel with loose and not so mechanically perfect, hand drawn looking word balloons.
2. Try to avoid obscuring parts of the characters with balloons if possible. If unavoidable, obscure the less expressive parts of the figure such as an elbow, or part of the torso... etc., instead of hands and face.
After I click on a link to a comic or something in a forum post, I often end up exploring the linked site for awhile. It would be helpful if clicking on a link would open a new window or tab so that returning to the starting point on the Comic Fury page is a breeze. Just my 2 cents.
Interesting mythology/sci-fi hybrid. The story and art are both very good. I think either colors or more black & grays will make it read better and look more finished. Adding a splash page at the very beginning and at the very end that depicts the scene from some distance might work nicely.
I think your comic is pretty cool. Your style kind of reminds me of Osamu Tezuka's more realistic stuff like Adolf. The pacing is slow and deliberate and its meant to be. That's all good. I'm about 20 pages in to your 1st chapter and I see a few things you could tweak that might increase immersion.
You have an upside down book on your chapter 1 splash page. Turn it right side up. The info on it is relevant and trying to make it out WILL annoy your readers right off the bat.
Make the text a little bigger and more legible, especially the thought balloon text on page 7 for example. I realize that the small squiggly text in that scene might be conveying the character's emotional state but in my opinion, CLARITY is the most important factor when you're telling a story and nothing makes the reader lose interest faster than illegible text. This of course means making the word balloons bigger as well. Vary the size or boldness of your text a bit as well to suit the tone or loudness of the dialog.
You know the saying that sound is half the movie? Ever try watching an amateurish flick with badly mixed sound where it's hard to hear what the actors are saying? Unwatchable. Well, text works the same way in comics. You want that stuff to be very clear and easy to digest.
Maybe add a bit of grey or/and black to pages 5 & 6. Hope this helps.
Incidentally, I also got a Xeric grant back in 2001. Welcome to the club! ;)
I usually do the following in Photoshop to clean up my scans of inked art:
Open the levels interface (Image / adjustments / levels) and click on the little white eye dropper looking icon and then click on some white part of your image that might be a little dirty or slightly grey. This sets the white point. Anything of that value and lighter will become white.
And then click on the black eye dropper thingy and click on a black part of your image that looks like the lightest crappy grey. Now anything that's of that value and darker will be perfectly black.
Centcomm:such a awesome comic .. its .. its only weekly AUGH!!! *Cries* no you cant do that its not fair !!
must .. have more..
ok better now . so HI welcome to CF and hope you make lots and lots of comics !!
( is a old school rp-er you know .. pencils and paper and .. actual dice?
I wish I could allocate more time to making "Elf" every week but I can't. Waaahh! :( Hopefully this will change in the future. It's good to see old school pencil & dice gamers getting a kick out of the comic. :)
Thanks for the encouragement everyone! I've always been in to the fantasy genre ever since playing D&D back in high school but recently, as I begin to tire of modern city life, that mythical realm of the mind is becoming ever more appealing. I'm really enjoying making my weekly comic. :)
Yes, I am indeed Korean. I usually go by "Lobster Hunter" on forums but I just went with my real name here since it'll function as the official author's name of my comic. I'm still exploring the options on this site. I'll have to figure out how to customize my page layouts.
Yeah, when you think "elf" and "webcomic", you usually don't think "funny". This comic is an experiment in terms of genre. I want to leave the structure as loose and open as possible. I plan on keeping it up for years to come. Thanks guys!
Yeah, I made the pages only 800 pixels wide. I think I'll up the res a bit. Some folks might end up having to... gasp, scroll sideway to view the whole thing but it should work fine for most viewers. Thanks!