Webcomics



  • Can confirm tapas and webtoons are a good way to go. I think Tumblr has some pretty awesome webcomic templates as well.

    I use comicfury for my webcomic. It's got some plug and play templates which work just fine. The community's small, but supportive (though at times cliquey).

    The benefit of using a dedicated webcomic host is that your work is usually displayed on an 'updated recently' page, and you're more likely to get some starter traffic than if you host your own.

    Give us a link once you get it up and running 🙂



  • @Braden-Hallett sweet, oh yeah definitely will



  • @Aleksey check out Jason brubaker’s YouTube channel. He has quite a bit to say about this. (I sometimes think of Jason as being the 4th muskateer to the SVS guys.)



  • @Susan-Marks cool that would be awesome i learn best from videos



  • I hosted on keenspace.... 12 years ago.... so may not be a help.



  • I would agree that Webtoon and Tapas are great options. They both have dedicated phone apps. Using Webtoon, it always updates me on new comics and when a comic I am following has a new post. Would definitely check yours out when you get it started!



  • @Aleksey
    I'm also considering starting up a comic. In addition to what @Susan-Marks said Jason Brubaker actually released the wordpress template that he uses for his webcomics. It's not maintained or anything but I love the idea of a email updated comic that's self hosted. The template is called Inkblot Ace.
    I think there's also an interesting idea to think about whether you want to make a 'Webcomic' or a comic that lives on the web, because; I'm having trouble not thinking about a comic as something that will eventually end up in publication, whether that's epub or physical. I feel like comics hosting sites would make it harder to unite the experience for the reader between the publication and the webcomic because the format would necessarily be different per the medium. I'd also be interested in the stats on the frequency with which you would have to post on something like webtoons to make an impact...my suspicion is that you might be better off just diving into the social media work in order to find a core audience that you can take to future projects. Any thoughts on that? Genuinely curious 😄
    Peace ✌



  • @Kris yeah good points. This is gonna be a sorta a limited amount of panels per page. Might not really have an overarching theme. It’ll probably have a punchline here and there. Quite frankly it’s sorta like a practice comic before i do one that is more complex.



  • @Aleksey
    Oh cool, so sort of like an old style gag cartoon then? That's a good approach, doing the practice cartoon. I guess habit building is probably the best way to go if there's still some stuff you're working out. 😄



  • @Kris yes exactly! But with an attempt at some sort of story telling. Kinda like calvin and hobbes writing? Except fantasy and magic jokes



  • @Aleksey
    %100 on board with that. 👌 😂
    Let me know if you want someone to bounce an idea off of. 😄



  • @Kris lol ty I’ll post stuff here as i go



  • Ok here is a rough of the first panel. I want to make it a big opening panel. The wizard dad is going to get his daughter a new magical pet at the “Magic Friends Adoption Agency”
    That’s the hippie dad.
    In the scene the wizard and daughter are tiny silhouettes.
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  • @Aleksey I like! Is this a sketch, or will you be compositing the pages from multiple drawings?

    Also, I see you've sketched in some bubbles (yay!) have you discovered the awesome resource that is blambot for comic fonts yet?



  • @Braden-Hallett this is a rough sketch and no i have no idea what that is tell me more!



  • @Aleksey Many free comic fonts! Blambott!

    So much better than using comic sans.

    The use of comic fonts has vicious grammar and style crusaders. I learned a fair bit the hard way :smiling_face_with_open_mouth_closed_eyes:



  • Unless of course you're going for hand-lettering in which case Calligraphr is your best friend 🙂



  • @Braden-Hallett Thanks!
    Also couldn’t sleep so here is updated design.
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  • @Aleksey I'm so enjoying this. I like the idea for your comic, and I really salute you for going with a practice comic first. Your design has moved along quite positively from the first to second (shared) iteration.

    It looks like you know where you're going and how to get there. But just in case have you seen Drawing Words Writing Pictures?
    I'm working my way through it--its sort of set up as a textbook for a high school/college class. 15 chapters that walk you through the process. It's based on traditional media, but I am adapting it to my Procreate work.

    I look forward to your next posts and images. I'm enjoying being drawn into the project and your process.



  • @Susan-Marks hey susan thank you so much i cant believe my arts is making people feel this way.

    No i havnt that. The only stuff ive read was will eisners books on viaual story telling (all 3 but I might reread them because it was so long ago) and scott mclouds books. They had a lot of overlap and so do jake parkers videos. Right now im watching the “‘making comics” videos on svs. Do you happen to know if there is overlap between those books and “drawing words and writing pictures?”


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