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The Tavern / Re: Sleep Trouble
« on: August 11, 2012, 07:25:18 AM »
I used to work at starbucks and honestly I don't like their coffee much.  it's too strong for my tastes even though I love coffee.  I prefer Mcdonald's cheaper coffee and will tend to stop there if I want some coffee on the go.

oh dear. Starbucks to strong? I don't like Starbucks either, but for the exact opposite reason :O. I haven't had any decent coffee while I worked in the USA apart from the occasional Cuban espresso (The Germans also fail at making coffee by the way XD).

Personally I could never really stand the smell of coffee let alone the taste. Although I've been told that I make a really good coffee/cappuccino/mocha (I worked as a barman at one time which included serving hot beverages).

The few times I've been into Starbucks I've learned to never order tea there - it always tastes mildly of coffee, and it's never very nice. I tend to order hot chocolate instead as it's the only thing on their menu I actually enjoy the taste of.

Webcomic Talk and Squee / Re: New crowdfunding site for Comics only!
« on: August 11, 2012, 02:08:22 AM »
Having recently used IndieGoGo for a pre-order run for my new comic, I'm not sure if this is a good idea just yet. A comics only crowd funding site sounds great in theory, but I'm wondering how much people will trust it.

IGG is still under the shadow of Kickstarter in a lot of ways, and a lot of people still don't recognise the brand enough to trust it. I'm interested to see how this new one works out.

Webcomic Talk and Squee / Re: New webcomic Host!: Comic Panda.
« on: August 10, 2012, 03:28:42 AM »
I just caught a bit of this on twitter last night before bed. Looking at it now, it still seems that their terms of service and the content on their site not being policed properly are a massive issue. Not only has it potentially ruined their reputation permanently before they've even started, it's also very unprofessional on their part.

Yes, they've been quick to apologise and "look into" fixing these issues. But, their main defence seems to be that their site is in "alpha" and not yet launched. A live site is a live site, and regardless of intention they've allowed copyrighted content onto their site with minimal policing.

Also, when established webcomic creators contact you and say "that's my content, remove it" you don't wait 24 hours to get the uploader to explain why they uploaded it. You remove it immediately.

The Great Library / Re: reasonably epic List of comic resources
« on: August 05, 2012, 08:24:16 AM »

A sound/onomatopoeia dictionary to help you with your BANGS, BOOMS and Fizzels!!!!

I wish i found this earlier!

That actually looks really handy. I'd like to point out something I've been told by professional letterers in the past, there are two points they always say when doing onomatopoeia in comics;

  • It's annoying when a writer provides a script without the sound effect they want i.e. they say "gun fire" instead of stating what they have in mind such as "bam" or whatever.
  • If you can do it without a sound effect, don't use a sound effect.

The Tavern / Re: Sleep Trouble
« on: August 04, 2012, 06:24:59 PM »
I can honestly say that I've never really drank coffee. My dad used to drink it all of the time and the smell knocks me sick. I once ended up jittery all day just because someone made me a cup of tea and stirred it with a spoon that they'd just used to stir coffee.

I do drink a lot of tea though. It's pretty much all I drink actually, except on the odd occasion when we have watermelon juice in the house.

Webcomic Talk and Squee / Re: Webcomics Tarot
« on: August 04, 2012, 06:17:01 PM »
You're allowed one or two of the suits as well as the major cards.  Justice is a nice looking card, well done!

Thanks, it was a really fun thing to work on. I keep considering making a full deck myself one day once I have the time to spare.

The Scriptorium / Re: Sound FX and Automatopia
« on: August 02, 2012, 08:33:43 AM »
It was 15th July last year, not sure about this year or next as I haven't heard mention of it this year. It was an annual thing that's been going for a while.

The Tavern / Re: Sleep Trouble
« on: August 02, 2012, 08:31:39 AM »
My sleep schedule seems to get increasingly worse. I tend to be the kind of person who when I'm on a roll with a project I keep going until I'm either finished or I'm tired enough that I can't concentrate. I'm also the kind of person who wakes up with ideas that need to be written down, or indeed can't get to sleep because of ideas buzzing around in my head late at night.

When I was at university I used to get to bed at 4am after working all night, then get up and ready in time for 9am lectures, and that's kind of stuck more than I'd like it to.

Webcomic Talk and Squee / Re: Webcomics Tarot
« on: August 02, 2012, 08:00:59 AM »
Mines been on there for a while, might do another one if Jess lets me. Mine was the Justice card.

The Scriptorium / Re: Sound FX and Automatopia
« on: July 23, 2012, 04:19:16 AM »
I'm so tempted now just to use the word "Onomatopoeia!" as a sound effect :P

I'm fairly certain a lot of webcomics do just that to celebrate "Onomatopoeia Day".

The Tavern / Re: Things that shock your nerd/geek self
« on: July 17, 2012, 05:16:52 AM »
I remembered a thing that shocks me..

People who get retro game tattoo's because it's a hipster thing to do, while they've never touched a atari/sega or snes in their life.
Although the shock is bordering on anger in this case XD.

Wow...people do that? I AM shocked by that O_o I's a rather permanent?!

To be fair, they now have tattooists at UK comic conventions. I know a friend of mine was approached by a guy he'd never spoken to before and was asked to draw him something. He drew a simple cartoon of a man pulling a silly face. The guy came back with it tattooed on his foot.

The Great Library / Re: Map making!
« on: July 16, 2012, 07:06:29 PM »
Forgive me if this has been posted before

Check out this map "Atlas of True Names which uses etymology to give us an unusual insight into familiar geographical names"

While many of the names translate into humorous stuff, its given me a lot of insight on coming up with place names for my own world (this gives me the most pain in world building).
Apparently I hail from "the Land of the Successor" hehe.

I find it amusing that the closest city to my home town is just listed with it's actual name "Newcastle".

According to what local history I know the generally accepted old name of my home town is Caer Urfa - from the Welsh "Caer" meaning "fortified place/seat of power" and Urfa is thought to be a corruption of the Aramaic name for the Roman fort in my home town which was called "Vide Infra".

But according to the Roman records they called the fort Arbeia meaning "Place of the Arabs" due to that being the source of the garrison that was stationed here. Which apparently is also why the locals are often called "Sand Dancers".

Some interesting historical stuff about my home town (most of which appears accurate since it matches with things I've read in text books over the years):

Also, interesting fact - in countries that are frequently invaded/colonised by peoples who speak another language an odd thing occurs. Locals are asked what the name of a place is, and the invaders add their own word on the end of it.

For instance, there's a local landmark (famed for the Wyrm that once terrorised locals and slept there with it's tail wrapped around the hill) called "Penshaw Hill". Now... Pen means hill. Shaw means hill. And hill, most definitely means hill.

The Tavern / Re: Things that shock your nerd/geek self
« on: July 15, 2012, 03:56:33 PM »
I've gotten a few people dismiss my comic because it looks like manga, or tell me they like it despite the manga look. It's the backlash to it being popular, I guess.

I've had similar reactions. At events I've had people dismiss my work because it apparently looks like manga, at other events because it doesn't look like manga. I've even had people claim that I write feminist manga.

Personally I don't consider my style anything like Japanese style artwork, but it's always odd that there's two very distinct sides to groups who view my comics as such (or not as the case may be).

The Tavern / Re: Things that shock your nerd/geek self
« on: July 14, 2012, 05:52:45 PM »
Anime fans that don't know who Osamu Tezuka was. A small part of me dies every time.

This is definitely a thing that bothers me. I'm not a massive animé fan, but Tezuka is a pretty important figure for fans not to recognise by name, or by his work.

I also dislike the hipster thing of not liking anything that's "too mainstream". I know a local comic writer who is like this, he recently told me he doesn't like (or hasn't read) - Pratchett, Tolkien, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman - just to name a few.

I'm often shocked when people haven't seen Star Wars, Romero's Dead films, or Rocky Horror (amongst others).

Oh and people who like Jarjar Binks.

No one's standing there with a gun to your head going YOU MUST MAKE COMICS. Unless they are, in which case I retract my opinion...

I'll have you know that this is exactly how I create comics. Except the guy has a sword.

Interestingly I recall being told once that Robert E. Howard used to claim that Conan stood behind him as he wrote, and would cleave him in twain if he stopped.

(Honestly though, if I didn't love the medium I wouldn't be doing what I am. Certainly I could make more money doing something else, and it can be frustrating at times when I get to a point where I don't know how to do something and spend what seems like forever learning how to do it... then using it for one panel. But I think that's part of the fun in a way, and it helps me to improve and expand what I can do, and I'd rather learn new stuff than get stuck repeating myself.)

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