After some feedback & consideration I’m switching the format of the comic from a strip to a page. I originally conceived the comic as being a daily strip with a lot of short, self-contained stories – very different from what the comic is at the moment. It will be better served as full page comic (more like a graphic novel), with the downside being less frequent updates.
Creating as a page will make a big difference as I won’ be limited to 3-4 panels. Each page will be part of a story arc, of not a story unto its own. It’ll also make keeping track of who’s who easier. Production time will increase but I get to be more creative with layouts, art and everything else. My first order of business will be to consolidate the existing comics into a page for a more cohesive story.
To the right is a peak at my process, which is all digital (and a peak at a new page I’m working on). I ‘thumbnail’ in a handwritten note taking app called Squid (which isn’t perfect but is the most usable app on Windows).
Thumbnailing is basically a rough layout of a comic – planning out a page based on your format & its limitations. What you see to the right is a peak at the new layout I’m going to try – a vertical page with panels and captions alternating. Once I’m done thumbnailing, I export the page and pull it into Clip Studio Paint (the app formerly known as Manga Studio) to sketch pencils in more detail, then ink, color and finish the comic.
That’s it for now – here’s to getting some new comics out this week!