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"Elf Kickstarter Campaign", 5th Mar 2015, 9:47 PM #1
Songgu Kwon

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Hey Comic Furians!

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.

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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!

Thanks!
Songgu

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23rd Nov 2013, 12:41 PM #2
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Eeeexcellent!
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"Requesting guest art for Elf", 22nd Nov 2013, 6:33 PM #3
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Hey there,

If you'd like to contribute art for the special Thanksgiving day guest filler art page for my comic, "Elf", please send a jpg to: songgukwon@gmail.com. See this page for details. Thanks!

Songgu
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27th Apr 2013, 4:19 AM #4
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I am here to answer! Wait, now what happened to your comment box? Those pesky comment boxes...
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Result in thread: ComicFury 3799Z
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24th Feb 2013, 1:55 AM #5
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Long live ComicFury 3799Z! That is until it's usurped by ComicFury ULTRA40099ZX. (This one actually sends you painful electric shocks in the general groin area when you miss your updates.)
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Result in thread: Clicking on Links
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17th Jan 2013, 3:48 AM #6
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Hmm... right clicking on links. Whaddya know, that solves the problem! Okay, never mind, thanks!
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17th Jan 2013, 3:41 AM #7
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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.
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Result in thread: Clicking on Links
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"Clicking on Links", 17th Jan 2013, 3:31 AM #8
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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.
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12th Dec 2012, 5:30 AM #9
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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.
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Result in thread: A Disturbing Trend
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11th Dec 2012, 1:29 AM #10
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DLM X-13:
Cool! Thanks for all these tips, incredibly helpful. :) I've already re-done the dialogue balloons once so I'm not sure if I have time to do so again - but I'll see if I can make some time.

Which Xeric book was yours? :)


Blanche the Baby Killer #0

I regret putting a #0 on it because people expected a #1 to come out next. It's been 10 years and I've yet to have published the next volume. :( In 2013, I will!
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Result in thread: A Disturbing Trend
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10th Dec 2012, 11:59 PM #11
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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! ;)
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10th Dec 2012, 8:51 PM #12
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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.

Or you can just slide the tabs around.
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5th Nov 2012, 8:09 AM #13
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I like seeing all the color and B&W characters hanging out together as if they were at a party! Nicely done!
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Result in thread: Hello
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15th Aug 2012, 1:11 AM #14
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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. :)
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13th Aug 2012, 7:13 AM #15
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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. :)
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7th Aug 2012, 10:03 PM #16
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Ah yes... it is very mysterious, no?
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7th Aug 2012, 9:54 PM #17
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Thanks everyone! Fantasy is my favorite genre and in my opinion, it's a rich gold mine for comedy. Not EVERY strip will be funny but I want it to have a light and absurd feel.
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Result in thread: Elf
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7th Aug 2012, 6:52 PM #18
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I was just thinking the same thing! I just turned moderation off. I was concerned with spam and such but you're right. Having it open will encourage discussion... which is what I want.
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Result in thread: Hello
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7th Aug 2012, 5:53 PM #19
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Hey there,

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!

SK

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Result in thread: Elf
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7th Aug 2012, 5:32 PM #20
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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!
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