@Marsha-Kay-Ottum-Owen Thank you! I really appreciate that!
@DOTTYP Thanks! And don't worry, I really like getting feedback from people who are not experts themselves. In this day and age we have so many "rules" to follow, I feel like a lot of modern artists forgot how to be creative. They spend too much time trying to impress other professional artists that they forget it's not only the veteran artists who will be reading and enjoying your comic, it's meant to be read by everyone! And most of the times people don't mind if you follow established rules or not, they just want to have a good time and enjoy reading a comic!
@WhiteboardJim Thanks for your words! Like I mentioned in my previous thread, I really don't know what my level of skill is, I was self-taught and never had too many chances to share my work with other artists. I also tend to be very critical of my own work, so it's nice to hear what other people have to say! Ohhh, and I might have noticed the bubble thing myself... Well, one reason for that is that I got used in reading comics translated from other countries since I was a little kid, I don't have a very good hand-lettering and never put much thought into it while doing my own comics since I never read them with the lettering made by the original artist, anyway. I usually storyboard everything instead of writing a script, so sometimes the bubbles don't match the space I originally had in my original draft... This is something I will need to find a way to fix eventually... One solution is adding a few more lines of dialogue, but sometimes it feels out of place so I just let it as it was originally. Everything I do is traditional, I'm a little skeptical about going digital, some artists I like made the transition and it never looked right for me, so I still do everything in pen and ink. I know there's some great digital artists out there, but I think I would definitely miss a certain roughness in my style if everything looked too smooth. Most of my favorite comics were made back in the 60s and 70s, so I guess I just want to resemble them the most.
That's funny you mentioned Stripped, I just watched it the other day! I'm still a bit reluctant about the syndication, though. It's so hard to find information on how the copyrights are distributed and everything... I really came to enjoy the characters I created to be syndicated, and I feel I could do a lot of great things with them if I was not limited to the 4-panels format. A lot of my favorite cartoonists like Floyd Gottfredson and E. C. Segar were syndicated artists, but things changed so much since those days... When I look at the funnies, I don't really see myself among them, they became too political, not-so-funny or adventurous. I enjoy some social commentary, but not at the cost of those other elements. Also, I have a lot of different ideas for comics, but being syndicated seems to mean you need to stick with that for the rest of your life. Once sold to a syndicated, would I be able to pitch it as a animated series one day or that would be for them to take the decision? I want my characters to live up to their full potential, but I'm not very good of a businessman like Jim Davis, for example, to make sure I still would have full control on what happen to them. I feel a bit insecure in that regard.