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21st Jul 2017, 12:04 PM #1
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I'll be among the first to admit I'm not the most musically-minded person, but this is the song I imagine playing as the intro song in the non-existent animated TV series of my comic:
[youtube]1-hmIlXBufM[/youtube]

And then the full version would play in a pivotal or emotionally important episode:
[youtube]vLsV1IWB8nY[/youtube]
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17th Jul 2017, 9:15 PM #2
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I remember wandering around my student flat a few years ago, taking note of the proportions of everything compared to me because my character-to-background proportions sucked and that was the best way I could think to work it out. One of the reasons Jon is short is so I could use myself as a reference for stuff like this. If a door handle reaches my solar plexus, it reaches Jon's too. That's how I work it out.

I spent SO long looking up how to bet on roulette just to make the chips on a single panel make sense. That was not worth it. No one cares, and I'm pretty sure the chips didn't make sense anyway.

Pulling faces in my webcam for reference...

I installed Snapchat and made an account just to get an idea of what it looks like so I could make a joke in a future page.

I googled what kind of razor you should use if you have acne-prone skin so that if I ever properly draw the guys' bathroom I'll know what kinds of razors I should draw around the sink (and I still don't have a decent answer yet--electric razor or not??)

I mostly google things I personally would never need.
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16th Jul 2017, 9:44 PM #3
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5- If you could change one thing in the past, what would it be?
[spoiler]Seth: ...I don't wanna answer this one.

Jon: Number one: I copied someone's answer in a quiz when I was seven, so the smiley sticker I got was not earned. Number two... wait, how long have we got? The last time I checked this list went up to about eighty so...

Anna: Nothing. My weird and sometimes crap circumstances got me where I am, and I like where I am, so I wouldn't want to risk butterfly effecting myself out of my current life and friends.[/spoiler]
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Result in thread: Anyone here use Comic Sans?
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16th Jul 2017, 10:08 AM #4
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RaccoonEyez:Yes, I suppose those are good reasons to not use it, but not good enough reasons to attack or display outright distaste for those who do unwittingly. Their is still ignorance in the world. And people still have the opportunity to create great works even if it was drawn in crayon. The medium is only as good or bad as the pieces made with it...but I withdraw the outright point of no reasons being displayed against it.

Yeah I agree it's pretty nasty to be so aggressive with telling people not to use a font, whether the reasons are valid or not. Some people really just don't know, I guess some people think it's just cool to hate comic sans and forget the actual reasons. People just want to look smart I guess :/
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Result in thread: Anyone here use Comic Sans?
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16th Jul 2017, 9:41 AM #5
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@RacoonEyes But but... multiple people have explained it has kerning issues and just isn't nice to look at for a lot of people, and it's not professional looking since it comes free with every computer. One person even explained it wasn't even designed for comics in the first place. Those are all reasons to dislike Comic Sans that aren't "because The Comics Man said so". There are some things worth fighting against when it comes to snobbery, but this is really not a hill to die on.

Anyway, the only thing I really have to add is I'm 100% behind schools and children's centres using comic sans for their posters, etc. because it's easy to read for children who are just learning how to read and write. And it's apparently an easy typeface to read if you're dyslexic. So it does have its uses, just probably not for comics.

(I used comic sans for a time before I knew better, but honestly it's not that much effort to look up info on starting a comic and what pitfalls up avoid.)
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Result in thread: So..what did I miss?
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15th Jul 2017, 9:45 PM #6
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Aaah welcome back! So nice to see you here again! I agree, Tap is fine but it's just not the same. Their fooorruuuums though.
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15th Jul 2017, 8:45 AM #7
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TheMario360:2. Make sure everything is consistent and doesn't contradict anything already established

Oh man, this one for me too. A lot of comedy favours "comedy over continuity" but I enjoy the challenge of attempting "comedy with continuity". Can be surprisingly hard sometimes though.
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15th Jul 2017, 6:52 AM #8
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I don't have too many rules since my comic is basically a bottomless pit of self indulgence and whatever the heck I want it to be. The rules I do have are:

-Don't use the word "bitch". I did in earlier pages, but will never use it again. This is a rule I set myself in every writing project I work on. I just don't like that word, so you won't see it in any of my work again.

-Don't punch down. If a joke relies on belittling a marginalised group, change it. This one can be difficult because I'm still unlearning a lot of how I write jokes and I mess up on this sometimes but I find this important to keep in mind.

-Remember the genre I picked. This is a comedy, and though I sometimes go all Frasier and have two or three pages in a row with no jokes, I need to remind myself not to go too far. It's a comedy first and foremost.

-Sex is fun. I will be portraying sex, but not for the sake of titillation. It may seem paradoxical, but I don't want the sex in my comic to just be "sexy", I want it to be fun, and honest. Or funny.

-If a page is not fun to draw, try to figure out why it's not fun to draw, then change it or scrap it. This is a hobby, I won't force myself to draw out a page I don't like.
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13th Jul 2017, 7:15 PM #9
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Lightfoot:or you plan to continue the comic until you lose interest and then come up with an ending?

revzet:I try not to think about it too much, just trying to have fun xD

ooel:I'll be lucky if this series is done by the time i'm dead

MST3KFan:I'd say the end for my comic will come when either...

A. I have no time to do the comic anymore.

or

B. I completely lose interest/motivation/ability to draw.


Uh, yup. All of the above :,)

I plan for the entire comic to span three years in-universe, and considering it's taken roughly me six years to reach six in-universe months...

[youtube]5gFnCwVqbWs[/youtube]
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11th Jul 2017, 6:46 PM #10
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In no particular order, and presented without context:

male body hair pattern
asymmetric bikini
heyyyy meme
banlieues
man taking off shirt
standing by sofa
empty nest syndrome
great ball

Safe search is a lifesaver sometimes...
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9th Jul 2017, 10:10 AM #11
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Computer built back in 2014 (which is only just now starting to show some strain). Asus, Intuos, etc. I forget the specs.

Wacom Bamboo Pen
Image: http://i.imgur.com/DYlI9Ca.png

This one which they don't sell anymore. I've got it set to left-handed so the cable faces the right way to plug into my computer but I still use it right-handed... so I basically play it upside-down like Jimi Hendrix.
Weathered Vegeta sticker not included

Huge-ass (by my standards) 22" 1920x1080 monitor for drawing (and writing), which I wish was anti-glare because I have a big window behind me :(
Image: http://i.imgur.com/bryzPV4.png

I've been exclusively using Clip Studio Paint lately, with a view to cancel my Photoshop sub because money, and I think I actually prefer Clip, though I'm still learning where all the tools are and how to do everything.

Significantly smaller secondary monitor for basically the same function as toherrys': reference pics, Youtube, films, etc.
Image: http://i.imgur.com/OEoFaaS.png

You can also sort of see my very sophisticated monitor stand, which is the box my motherboard came in with two free hardback clothes catalogues stacked on top.
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8th Jul 2017, 11:39 AM #12
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4- What would you say is your biggest weakness?
[spoiler]Seth: I guess I'm, uh...
Anna: Forgetful?
Seth: Um...
Jon: Impulsive?
Seth: No...
Anna: Indecisive?
Seth: Yeah, that's the one! Wait, or maybe...

Jon: I don't think I take action enough.
Seth: Yeah, take some risks sometimes!
Jon: I'm also prone to overthinking things and panicking unnecessarily.
Seth: Chill out!
Jon: ...I also get irrationally angry when people tell me to CHILL OUT, SETH WALKER!

Anna: I'm misunderstood.
Seth: I thought you were gonna say your massive temper.
Anna: You what, mate?[/spoiler]
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6th Jul 2017, 6:29 PM #13
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I like to respond to potentially spoilery questions without actually answering the question, but with something relevant to it, so if someone asks "will X and Y characters get together?" I'd give an annoying non-answer like "they might make a cute couple" or "that would be one awkward first date". That's always one option you could take. You can also answer completely innocuous questions in similarly vague ways, so readers won't always quite know what is significant and what isn't.

I consider everything I haven't uploaded yet to be "soft canon" anyway which means nothing is certain even for me, so I couldn't give away spoilers even if I wanted to because I might change my mind down the line, so I kind of have to not give straight answers unless it's something that's already been established in the comic proper.

TL;DR Be vague.
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30th Jun 2017, 7:25 AM #14
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Heyyyyy I've been working on my comic for about 6 years now, and what keeps me motivated is there are SO MANY parts of the story I haven't got to yet, and I'm really excited to get to them. I'm also hopelessly in love with my characters and I want to keep writing and drawing them. So my advice is make characters you care about and a story that excites you and you'll not want to give up on it.

That being said, your health is important so if you need to take a break for your health, please do so. Most readers are quite reasonable, they'll understand.

Basically, make the comic you want to make, first and foremost.

revzet:Also have a hobby that isn't comic related at all so comics don't drive you to insanity lmao.


I didn't realise how important this was until I just read it, but yes, definitely this! Especially since webcomics guarantee no recognition, it's nice to get that fulfillment from somewhere else too (also hi Revzet aah when did you get here I'm behind the times!)
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27th Jun 2017, 8:41 PM #15
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JammyTheBirb:Yeah, Pokemon go is nowhere near as popular as it was, but I had to do this! I've been meaning to for a long time XD

Anna, Jon and Seth are from Waste of Time.

[spoiler]Image[/spoiler]


Oh my god YES. I can't even remember if I ever said what teams they would be on but these are the teams they would be on! It's perfect, Jammy, thank you, I love it!
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27th Jun 2017, 8:02 PM #16
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1- If you were an animal, what do you think you'd be?
[spoiler]Seth: A dog, I think. Wait, does that mean I'm allergic to myself?
Jon: You certainly have the blind loyalty of a dog, so I can't fault you there. I think I'm like a cat.
Seth: You don't like people unless they feed you?
Anna: I think I'd be a raptor.
Seth: Wait, we can do that? I wanna change my answer, wait--[/spoiler]

2- Who do you trust the most?
[spoiler]Seth: Anna.
Anna: Aww!
Jon: I was going to say Seth, but after that betrayal, I guess my answer is no one.
Seth: I only trust Anna 'cause she doesn't know every dumb thing I did when I was little.
Jon: Okay, fair.
Anna: Well, the person I trust the most is me.
Seth: Wow. Rude.
Jon: Doesn't feel good, does it?[/spoiler]

3- What is your greatest dream?
[spoiler]Seth: Stay at home dad!
Anna: If you don't stop being adorable I'm going to punch you.
Jon: I'd like to be a professional photographer.
Anna: Either world famous painter or world famous composer.
Seth: Wow, you do dream too big.
Anna: Seriously, I'll punch you.[/spoiler]
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26th Jun 2017, 7:00 PM #17
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I just liked this pose I drew of Seth for the page I'm working on.
Image: http://i.imgur.com/kp5JIre.png

Hooray for using references (even if they're just photos of your own dumb self taken with a webcam)
(the arrows around his head are to remind me the wind will be moving his hair, that will be fun to draw later woo)
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25th Jun 2017, 9:08 AM #18
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Nice try, copper. You won't get me that easily.
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24th Jun 2017, 5:27 PM #19
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I love putting stuff like this in because I'm the kind of reader who likes to scan characters' living spaces and analyse them, and I'd like to create that for others. Sometimes it does seem to slip by unnoticed, but sometimes you will get that one reader who gleaned a wealth of information from what on the surface appear as just simple background details. Or you'll be surprised by what people do and don't notice.

And in my experience, people will notice text over an object nearly every time.

But overall I'm not hugely bothered about people consciously picking up every breadcrumb I leave. As long as I'm subliminally implanting this information, I can be happy with that.

That sounded more sinister than I meant it to.


Aaaand sometimes I just add details in the background as a joke because that's fun too and makes drawing backgrounds less boring for me.
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24th Jun 2017, 1:34 PM #20
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I couldn't not attempt this again. Sorry I only did four and that they're sketches.
(spoilered for size)
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Image: http://i.imgur.com/OjqcLjB.png
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Cheat sheet:[spoiler]1. Me
2. junoro
3. JammyTheBirb
4. MST3KFan

Sorry, these were difficult, me butchering your styles was inevitable...

What I love about exercises like this is they get me to appreciate things about styles I love which I never fully noticed before. Like how junoro's lineart and poses are so fluid they flow like water, which makes me wonder if that was an intentional visual pun. Or how Jammy's line shading (a style I haven't seen very much lately) looks so... well, stylish (and was not easy at all to try and reproduce). Or how MST3K's style has what looks like the Matt Groening "G ear" and I wonder if that was intentional.[/spoiler]


Here's one I did last year if you're interested. I actually inked and coloured this one:
(spoilered for size also)
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