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Webcomic Talk and Squee / webcomic beacon looking for comics to review
« on: September 19, 2013, 07:46:41 PM »
For those of you who are brave, the webcomic beacon is opening submissions for web comic/website reviews. Might be a fun thing to do for promotion or some critique. I believe deadline for this trial run is October 5th.

The Artist's Studio / dumb questions about Manga studio 4
« on: July 31, 2013, 10:32:54 AM »

So i picked up manga studio EX4 a few months back. Have done some doodles and played around with it. I want to try doing some legitimate comic work wiith it now But I cant seem to get past the most basic step which is importing my sketch. I have no idea why i cant get this to work. Perhaps Im just too spoiled by adobe suite.

Someone suggested that the sketch page be to size of the page layout in manga studio. But no matter what the image size (large or small) it gets blown up and...uhhh, run through some kinda vector filter?? I seriously have no idea what the program is doing at this point XD.

Google couldn't help me so im hoping someone here has the answer, Also would appreciate any inking tips if i can get to step 2, haha.

The Tinkerer's Workshop / POD art print shop?
« on: June 25, 2013, 11:12:48 AM »
Hello Y'all,

I need some advice on setting up some kinda of automated print shop. Basically Id like to sell prints and illustrations in a small online shop and link it to my comic. Im looking for a POD service b/c im not sure I want to be bothered with things like shipping and processing customers. I think for now prints are all i care abut, but it might be neat if there is a service that sells buttons or <insert popular swag here>.

Someone has already recommended Society 6 to me but im curious if there are better/different services. Also not sure what kinda profit margin im dealing with here.

Thinking this might be a good way to bring in a little bit more money from the comic site/ my porfolio ^__^;

The Tinkerer's Workshop / Alert: Wordpress Attacks (and security)
« on: April 16, 2013, 11:48:07 AM »
Thought I spread the word, recently a massive wave of attacks have hit word press sites.
here is the Arstechnica article on it.

I know wordpress is a popular platform for webcomics so If you guys use it I would take the time to make sure all you stuff is updated and beef up security. The two articles below have really good recommendations for security plug-ins.

Comic rocket article
webcomic alliance WP security guide

I installed "limit login attempts" a few months back (really easy to set up). I just recently checked my logs and saw several ip's tried and failed to log in- some of them almost 100 times. FYI- they all thought my account name was "admin" (never use admin as your acct name- we want to keep the hackers guessing)!!!

/end of security alert

Webcomic Talk and Squee / April Fools Comics (2013)
« on: March 31, 2013, 08:37:19 PM »
Oh crap, I just realized tomorrow is April fools Day! Anyone doing anything cute/clever? Anyone have anything fun to share from another webcomic?

I remember last year the FCP members did the googly eyes comics ( that takes me back).

Im posting a sketch comic drawn by one of my characters but that was just a coincidence (since i planned on posting weird comics for my hiatus anyways).

The Gazette / ForgottenOrder Chapter 3 Break!
« on: March 23, 2013, 08:54:58 AM »

Hey everyone, my comic is one update a way from finishing off chapter 3 and than I am taking a much needed break in an attempt to regain buffer and prepare concepts for the upcoming chapter.

I scheduled a 3 week "hiatus" (that is a pretty long break for me)-
The first 2 weeks I plan on having a character from the comic (Phinny) host this event- I will be posting sketch comics and maybe do some kinda QA type thing. So hopefully that will bring is some fun reader engagement.
My last week of break:  4/8-4/12 I would like to post up and acknowledge all the fan art I received (thank you to the people on this forum who haven gifted me in the past- i hope you don't mind if i post up your arts ^___^ ). This is an open call if anyone would like to give me a guest art or a guest comic I will post it as an update that week and link back.  Im pretty much open to anything as long as it relates in some way to the comic.

Thats the gist of it. If anyone has suggestions on how to make this more fun or examples please do share.

Events and Conventions / FCP Anthology- submissions DUE (round 1)
« on: March 09, 2013, 04:09:30 PM »
Open to all FCP members!
see this thread for details,672.0.html

Submission Guidelines
Submissions should include a brief synopsis of your story and an estimated page count. If you can include rough sketches or thumbnails, please do but they aren't required.  Stories are to be kept to a PG-13 rating or lower (no gore, no cursing above "damn," nudity kept to a minimum).

Webcomic Talk and Squee / Manga Studio 90% off all weekend
« on: November 23, 2012, 09:37:35 PM »

Thats right, 30 bucks for Manga Studio EX4!
I have no idea what the benefits of this program are but i figure now is the time to find out (i know a lot of artists love it). Im hoping to get some better inking quality than Photoshop. Plus the screen tones might be fun to play with.
Anyways their twitter says they are extending the sale through the rest of the weekend so act now i guess.

Drops everything and pursues dream to become world's greatest Manga-ka

The Scriptorium / Using the "M" word...MAGIC!
« on: November 02, 2012, 09:18:02 AM »
What do you call "magic" in your worlds? Do you think the word "magic" is overused? Do you have any favorite terms from other fantasy works?

Im curious because right now I am somewhat reluctant to straight up use the word "magic" in my world- Im afraid that it almost seems over general and tropey to me. I think at one point I have a character refer to it as the "arts" but for the most part they talk about specifics only such as "curses, charms, herbalism, enchantments" but I don't think they'd ever say "I do magic". But I'm coming to a point now where magic in the world is going to be discussed more frequently and I'm just clueless what the all encompassing word should be or if it really matters.

The Tinkerer's Workshop / Feedburner shut down?!
« on: September 21, 2012, 12:13:40 PM »
I thought I spread the word, It seems there is a good chance that feedburner (An RSS provider) may be shut down by google as soon as the end of October:

I myself don't use the service, but i have considered it, and I know that a lot of other webcomics depend on it to get updates to their reader base. So if you use it Id make a backup plan just incase =(

Events and Conventions / APE: Alternative Press Expo San Francisco
« on: August 27, 2012, 10:45:19 AM »
I thought I add this to the calendar.
and the special guest list--->

Anyone going this year? The exhibitor list isn't officially out yet, but i was excited by some of the names on the unofficial list. It may not be too late to sign up but id do so ASAP if your intrested.

I will be there with a few friends selling jewelry and comics if anyone wants to say hi ;)

The Scriptorium / When Your Comic Takes Itself too Seriously
« on: July 27, 2012, 09:07:18 AM »
This is an issue that drive me nuts. Not all that long ago I received some feedback that my comic's tone was a little melodramatic. This was not my original intention when i wrote my script, but i think while translating it to pages, cutting out dialogue, and making revisions I sorta changed the tone by mistake (not to mention that things often sound way different in my head compared to what the readers hear). Shortly after I went back in and made some dialogue changes in an attempt to take out some of the sappy-ness.

Im not sure if this is a symptom of epic/longformat/fantasy comics but I'm wondering what are the warning signs of pretentiousness or crossing the line into melodrama? Also any ways to counteract it?

I tired using humor to lighten up things but usually I end up cutting it out in the final script because I'm too afraid it will fall flat or that it detracts from the story. Maybe I need to bring it back 0_0

Webcomic Talk and Squee / The Recommend Me Comics Thread
« on: July 15, 2012, 08:57:00 AM »
I thought it would be nice to have a place where we can help each other find specific or themed web/printcomics .

I will start, I'm looking for a good SciFi/Romance comic (one that actually focuses on the relationships instead of just lasers and explosions). I couldn't seem to find much on my own (except for Artifice but im new to the idea of uhhh yaoi). I should probably note that by romance I do not mean graphic/porn  :o If anyone has any recommendations please share ^__^

The Academy / The first 10 pages
« on: June 25, 2012, 09:24:41 PM »
When you find a brand new spanking webcomic- about how many pages in before you decide whether or not to continue on? I admit that my attention maxes out at about 10 pages in, and if you don't have me interested by than- I'm outta there. Some readers may not even give you more than one glance!  So what elements create a great opening for a story? Any pitfalls? Anyone have some fabulous examples of great starts?

Things that I like to see (at least 1 of these):
Either 1 interesting character or setting introduced
Pretty art (yeah I'm shallow but i like to be wow'ed)
Something unique (a premise i haven't seen before, a mystery?)

Things that scare me away:
Big blocks of text
non-comic art (like pin ups)
half blank pages with like 1 line of text on them

The longer it takes me to get through the first pages the less likely I am to continue. When the first page is a big chunky paragraph or two of exposition or dialogue it feels like a slog and I may make the assumptions that the whole comic will feel that way. I find that I am easily sucked into stories that have a faster pace at the beginning- I will breeze through several pages so quickly that i will stop being critical and become invested in the story. Pretty art can hold my attention for a little while longer but if something doesn't happen quick enough I will still lose interest.

I obsessed over the first pages of my comic quite a bit and have revised them more than once and still dont think they are perfect yet. So how did you guys handle your opening and are you happy with them?

The Tinkerer's Workshop / Advertising on non-comic sites
« on: June 10, 2012, 07:26:36 PM »
I have seen this topic touched upon in other threads but I would like to see it complied in one place.
Where else have you advertised/talked about/showed off your web comics besides on other web comic sites? And were they very successful campaigns? I suppose this can lead into what kinda people read webcomics and where can we find them on the internet?

I put my comic up on deviant art as a way to attract new readers...I didn't really have a following there so I can't say its been very successful though, but the audience there seems diverse and I do notice I get a good range of age (I have a lot of teenagers who read my stuff on DA).

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