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Result in thread: I'll draw you!
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11th Mar 2017, 4:51 AM #1
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I just replaced my Wacom stylus and I'm getting cracking on portraits!

Obviously, I'm not overloaded with entries, so it's not too late to jump on board if you want your picture drawn. :)
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Result in thread: Killing off your characters
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11th Feb 2017, 6:24 PM #2
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If your characters aren't going to die, don't give them too many scrapes with death. It eventually kills the tension because your audience will realize that nothing is really at stake, nothing permanent.

If your characters are going to die, they should stay dead. Otherwise, again, the story loses tension. Nothing is at stake.

A character death should also serve the story in some way. Not as forced drama, but rather because it's logical and/or fits the theme of the story.

In my opinion, the best character deaths don't happen to "expendable" characters, but to the ones we enjoy having around, and they happen sparingly but for a reason.
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Result in thread: I'll draw you!
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"I'll draw you!", 11th Feb 2017, 6:15 PM #3
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Think of this like a contest, except every contestant wins. Here's what you have to do:

1. Read one of the web comics or short stories available here.
2. Write an honest review in your blog, vlog, whatever. It's okay if you didn't enjoy the story! Your review can be positive, negative, or just neutral as you attempt to interpret the narrative.
3. Provide a link to the story in your review.
4. Post a link to your review below.
5. PM your selfie to me.

This goes until March 11. It may take me about a week to respond.
Here's an example of what I'll do:

Image: http://shatterrealm.thecomicseries.com/images/comics/128/784b5108c74c86a5e32754bcc08d7f07153335615.jpg
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14th Oct 2016, 2:20 AM #4
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Some clarification. :)

When I said "return comments," I did basically mean "tit for tat," not replies. (Replies like "thanks" are pretty pointless. No one is looking at their updates wondering where all their polite thank-you messages are.) However, I did NOT mean leaving a comment ONLY out of obligation.

Leaving a sincere comment on ANYONE's work isn't actually that hard. Not when you remember that they're a starving artist like you. It only takes a moment of thought to find something positive and let that person know what their strengths are. That's what I strive to do, whether the person has commented on my work already or not. If they do happen by, I show my appreciation by reciprocating where possible. True, sometimes keeping up with them all is impossible (for all you fancy, popular people with lives) but a loveless dork like me can usually swing it.

Comments are important for any art community to actually function as a community. And I want community! :D
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"When someone comments on your work, do you comment on theirs?", 9th Oct 2016, 11:57 PM #5
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I always do, as a rule, once I see the comment is there.

EDIT: Clarification, posted on page two of this thread.

Some clarification. :)

When I said "return comments," I did basically mean "tit for tat," not replies. (Replies like "thanks" are pretty pointless. No one is looking at their updates wondering where all their polite thank-you messages are.) However, I did NOT mean leaving a comment ONLY out of obligation.

Leaving a sincere comment on ANYONE's work isn't actually that hard. Not when you remember that they're a starving artist like you. It only takes a moment of thought to find something positive and let that person know what their strengths are. That's what I strive to do, whether the person has commented on my work already or not. If they do happen by, I show my appreciation by reciprocating where possible. True, sometimes keeping up with them all is impossible (for all you fancy, popular people with lives) but a loveless dork like me can usually swing it.

Comments are important for any art community to actually function as a community. And I want community! :D
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Result in thread: Other languages you know
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16th Aug 2016, 2:01 PM #6
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My roommate had a friend from Germany visit, and in addition to all the American snacks unavailable over there, she bought a bunch of Star Wars novels. The same novels are in Germany, but she said she much prefers to read prose in English. Something about the language being more... flexible?

Versatility may be one of the few things English has going for it, since so many different people have adapted it.
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6th Aug 2016, 1:44 PM #7
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Archie comics were definitely staples of my childhood, along with Garfield. Then in high school I started making it a habit to walk down to the supermarket and buy Batgirl issues. The "dense universe" wasn't really a problem for me -- a little googling for backstory and then I picked things up as I went along. Comic books usually try to remind you of who people are and what they're known for.

Sadly, my favorite Batgirl (Cassandra Cain) isn't Batgirl anymore. When I first got a smartphone, I devoured Futures End through comixology but quit as soon as Batman Beyond died.
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"Do you read "real" comic books?", 2nd Aug 2016, 4:05 PM #8
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Does anyone here buy comics, either online or at a local shop? If so, what do you like to read?
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Result in thread: Comic book lettering?
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26th Jul 2016, 7:36 PM #9
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Many thanks to both of you! I'll check out all those options. :D
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Result in thread: Comic book lettering?
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"Comic book lettering?", 26th Jul 2016, 2:34 PM #10
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I'm looking for a good (preferably free) art program for comic book lettering, specifically professional-looking speech bubbles. The way I'm currently doing it is pretty inconvenient.

I notice most programs have the rudimentary speech bubble, and some have thought bubbles, but no on seems to have the explodey-shaped ones for P.A. systems or shouting.
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26th Jul 2016, 2:31 PM #11
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Left you a comment on your page, you awesome specimen!
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Result in thread: The ad is turning up twice?
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"The ad is turning up twice?", 26th Jul 2016, 12:52 AM #12
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On my main page, the ad at the top appears twice in a row.

P.S.
Happy (belated?) birthday, Kyo!
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26th Jul 2016, 12:51 AM #13
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Whenever I mess up the archive, I make a temporary "test" webcomic, copy the archive code from it, and then delete it.
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"I'm promoting a webcomic that isn't mine, so you know it's good.", 30th Mar 2014, 11:32 PM #14
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Okay. A few weeks ago I stumbled upon this comic. It is sad, but it's smart and well-written. Buuut, since it isn't an anime comic made in Photoshop with 71 layers of color, naturally it got overlooked.

I will trigger warning all over this. Not because it's gratuitous or gory, but because it's about some real stuff and it has broken my heart. Like, I can feel my heart in my chest, and it's broken -- but I'm glad, because these are important things to understand, and I still want to understand them better, and I want you to understand them better, too.

For your own good, take a look at Wildflowers. It's about a trans-woman dealing with "suicide, assault, rape, and intense self-hatred." Its creator is a very intelligent and compassionate person. If you can't find something to appreciate about it... eh, I guess you're still growing up.

And heck. Why not respond with another ComicFury artist who you also feel doesn't deserve to go overlooked? Let's make a thing of it.
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Result in thread: The Super Sorry!
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"The Super Sorry!", 25th Feb 2014, 12:43 PM #15
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This is about the time of year when I try to reflect on the human condition. A few years ago, the husbeast started a "super sorry" where he acknowledged his failings to friends and family. I've failed a few of you, so why not post here?

Feel free to add your own confessions. Or don't, whatever.

As for me, I'm a "talk first, think later" jerk. A social hippopotamus. I just don't tend to think about others' feelings. I know for a fact that I made one of you cry (twice!) while trying to be nice. So if any of you has any memory of me saying or doing something that was totally wrong and out of line ... you don't deserve to feel that way. And I truly am sorry.
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23rd Dec 2013, 8:22 PM #16
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It looks like your heroine will never get lonely! I too am easily entertained in this fashion.

My latest page bums me out because I should be like three issues ahead by now.
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Result in thread: Time for some moderation
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9th Aug 2013, 3:33 PM #17
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So I've always wondered, is there like a key, or a button that you get, maybe a bazooka? Because when it finally comes time to ban someone I feel it should be done with flare.
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9th Aug 2013, 3:19 PM #18
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Just left a comment, but wowee, does Tim Burton toss and turn at night in fits of jealous rage over you?

My latest page took five months to make, because of reasons. You'd think it would look a lot more complicated.
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Result in thread: Readers?
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4th Aug 2013, 10:22 PM #19
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The husbeast has been having his own health issues, so I haven't been around in a while, but I did click on your name to catch up now and then, and I'll be getting back into the habit of that soon. Don't give up! You have a lovely imagination!

On the other hand, if you need to take some time off (like we did), health reasons are dang good reasons. Don't feel pressured or worried about readership. Pain tends to make better artists and writers out of all of us, so even if you did lose readers, your return would probably snare more new ones anyway!

Hope you feel better soon.
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"Favorite Christmas Movies (too early?)", 12th Nov 2012, 4:20 AM #20
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I haven't been around for a while, so... apologies if someone beat me to this one.

What are your favorite Christmas movies? They don't even have to be ABOUT Christmas. Just something you traditionally watch over break. :)
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