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 Post subject: How the comic is made
PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:31 pm 
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Terror of the High Seas

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Arbeus wrote: "Tell us how the comic is made!"

1. First I write an awesome script, having already read all the books available on anatomy and studied the EQ2 graphics to get the armour and weapons just right. Then I hire professional models and take photos of them in the poses needed for my strip, before sketching the strip, based on the photos, with a pencil on paper. Professionals use fancy super special blue pencils but since I spent all my monies on those models, I'm going with a regular cheap'n'gray 2b pencil. The result should end up looking something like this:

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2. At this stage I usually lean back and ask myself, "is this funny enough, or should I rewrite it before I start inking? Oops, I already started inking, didn't I. I really should water that bonsai, I wonder if it is still alive over there in the window." Then I remember that only 5 people read the comic and I'm not getting paid so it doesn't really matter what anyone thinks:

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3. I then spend about 2 hours inking the strip, 115 minutes of which are actually spent checking if anything interesting has happened on facebook/twitter/various forums. The result is usually rather messy:

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4. Next, I erase all the pencil lines, wishing I had one of those fancy blue pencils so I didn't have to, and place the strip in the scanner:

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5. I have to do the scanning on my laptop because the scanner refuses to talk to my main computer anymore:

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6. I then use my super professional photo editing software (ArcSoft PhotoStudio 2000) from 1999 that came free with my scanner (I do have Photoshop, but for the mac, and my mac died years ago) to add colour or shades of gray to the strip, on separate layers:

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7. I usually do gray because it's quicker than picking all sorts of different colours:

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8. I always work with a large image so I can be sloppy without it being too noticeable:

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9. Shrink the image and save, publish on website and spam forums and twitter:

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10. Celebrate with some good cheese and wait for feedback ("I don't get it." "I miss Lunch, he hasn't been in the strip for ages." "When are you going to finish my sig?"):

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11. Wait 2 months. Goto 1.



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 Post subject: Re: How the comic is made
PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 3:52 pm 
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really wish i could be a model.....i so much look like a toon from eq2 :) If you need me or my hand for modeling you know where I am...get your people to ring my people :P



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 Post subject: Re: How the comic is made
PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:24 pm 
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BOOOMS!

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Great guide! Do you recommend any special kinds of cheese? !cheese1

And Taylen: Pics or it didn't happen! ;)



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 Post subject: Re: How the comic is made
PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 3:33 pm 
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pft... just immagine it, i'm blue with purple hair, nuff said :D



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 Post subject: Re: How the comic is made
PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:28 pm 
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BOOOMS!

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So... You're an emo smurf? :P



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 Post subject: Re: How the comic is made
PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 2:31 am 
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Very nice Vanja :)


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 Post subject: Re: How the comic is made
PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 1:40 am 
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Barnacle Bait

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Always interesting to know how other people work and, this little touch of humour is pleasant :)


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 Post subject: Re: How the comic is made
PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 1:05 pm 
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Thanks for sharing the secrets of your humble hobby, btw, i dont want a sig, never heard of lunch, and i do get it.

ps i did think , wow i didnt know you could use your laptop to scan with, i thought id missed some spekial twik and was imagining placing my a4 sheet of paper on the laptop screen and looking for a scan button, roll on friday.


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 Post subject: Re: How the comic is made
PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 6:37 pm 
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Terror of the High Seas

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Hambutt wrote:
i <snip> never heard of lunch

Umm, ok...



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