How to become a Japanese Pop Star.
"Waste of good ammo. It’s my privilege to buy you a replacement box."
"All self-respecting whites have a moral responsibility to support our growing number of martyrs to the failed experiment called diversity."
"I thank all Police, you are the ‘Thin Blue Line’ protecting normal Americans from aggressive and entitled primitive savages. America is surely at the tipping point."
Just a few quotes (in case it’s hard to read) from that collection of donation messages for Darren Wilson.
Does anyone else want to say it’s not about race?
"I wouldve donated double this amount but you missed his accomplice" I swear to fucking god…
i am fucking sick to my stomach reading these
Starry Knight warm-up doodles from the other day. Just trying to figure out colors and collars and crap in my down time. This time with Spiral Knight and Moxie Knight.
I wasn’t sure about their names, they sounded so silly, but they’re growing on me.
spiral’s leg is obviously broken cuz I’m lazy, don’t stare its rude
Native Americans represent just one per cent of the US population and some languages have only one speaker left. Now a new generation is fighting to preserve the culture.
New Post has been published on http://www.sorcery101.net/news/make-your-story-fit-your-format/
Make your story fit your format
Hey any starting out comic creators,
I wanted to talk about designing your story to the format it will be read it. So I’m mostly posting this because of two things: 1. I got a nice question on tumblr recently. 2. I’ve been reading The Wicked and The Divine on comixology. The Wicked and The Divine is a pretty fantastic comic so far. It’s about gods who have possed teenagers in exchange for becoming super famous rock, pop, and rap stars. Downside is they’ll die young. The writing sharp and the art is lovely.
I recommend you check it out AFTER It’s collected as a trade. Why wait?
Well, because The Wicked and The Divine is very frustrating to read in 20 page chunks. And this isn’t just an “I’m impatient and want the rest of the story now” thing. I reread the issues I have and the interruption of the story flow where I need to stop and then pull up the next issue is I think hurting the emersion/flow of the story being told. It is basically making me resent the floppy format. (floppy being monthly released issues) Cause it’s like watching 10 movie and every ten minutes you have to stop for a moment.
But then I’ve also been reading some old issues of Xmen lent to me by my pal Rachel Edidincause I want to basically follow along with her new podcast Rachel and Miles Xplain the X-men. And those older books work really well in floppy form. There is so much more story.
So is this just modern comics have gotten decompressed? I don’t think that is exactly it, because modern superhero big two books generally still seem to have a sense of completion or movement to each floppy. And manga chapters that appear in monthly magazines originally also seem to make sure you feel progress is happening in each bit.
It’s cause those books were designed to fit though formats. Those old Claremont books where written using a thing called the “Marvel Method.” Basically, Claremont would write like in this issue Jean is being sent visions of a fake past life in colonial times by mastermind where she and him are together, while the xmen look for a new mutant in a disco. Then the artist draws that, wrapping the whole story up in 20 pages. Claremont then goes back and adds captions and dialogue. The whole story or large chunk of the story is made to fit into the floppy.
Even more decompressed modern Superhero stories generally finish up in a year, so a larger precent of the arch/story is told in those 20 pages, than 20 pages of an over ten trade book like Fables or Saga. So of coarse it feels like more progress is made.
So designing your story to fit out it is coming it out is something you should think about. It’s not surprise that the earliest webcomics where mostly following the newspaper gagstrip structure. When you get just a page at a time a strong end cap to each page will really help strengthen the comic overall.
And I’ll say on this design for how you are releasing the comic, I love Kate Ashwin’s Widdershins and how each book stands on it’s own as a story. So even if you haven’t read book 1-3 you can still grab book 4
The tumblr ask I got was about how I felt about working horizontal comics verse vertical. You can read my answer in the link up top. Cliff notes version is I made that choice for Sorcery 101 without really thinking about it. I ended up finding creative panel layouts harder. So I probably won’t go back to Horizontal pages unless I have a story that I think needs a lot of long shots of background or something. Also it makes the books more expensive to print fyi that’s one of many reasons there hasn’t been a new Sorcery 101 book in awhile.
So think about not just yout plot and characters but how you are giving all that to your audience? Is it gonna be all at once? Is is going to be in chunks? How accessible do you want it to be mid story?
I made the redraw of this picture http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/94928867835/the-deadly-dance-of-spine-bending-and-boob
First of all, look at their poses.
Look at their arms. They’re bended, it’s weak. Girls don’t want to strangle each other, they’re just touching each other.
Look at Batgirl’s legs. Well, the left leg can’t bend like that at all. The right leg is bent around alienlady’s leg… Well, maybe Batgirl is falling… but it still looks eeeeh.
So, overall, this pose looks like they’re dancing tango or something.
So, if you want to add tension, you can try to add more straight lines to your characters. It’s all about more cleaner lines of action.
What’s your character doing? Are they relaxing, or are they engaging in action? Relaxing action line will be more curvy.
at least that’s what I think
So, yeah, I tried to fix that. Tried to fix some of the anatomy too, even if I ended up with boob/butt pose, I hope it’s more or less natural spine curve.
I really like this redraw, and your analysis of the original. I also like what you said about keeping in mind what’s supposed to be happening, and “What’s your character doing?” because I think that’s often what’s missing in stuff on this blog. The storytelling is sacrificed because the focus is “how can we show her boob” or “how can we make this an ass shot” etc rather than “what’s supposed to be going on?” which is often supposed to be a dramatic or intimidating scene. Not necessarily as much for the original cover in this case, but for others, it can be pretty egregious.
Also that second picture makes me smile. They look so cute together. :3
CHECK IT OUT!!
1st look at the DEADPOOL ANNUAL, I co-wrote with Nick Giovannetti that bring back BRUTE FORCE
Deadpool got back.
BRUTE FORCE RETURNS!
I don’t think I know anyone with this background, but maybe we can signal boost. One major thing the Ferguson organizers have been asking for specifically for several days is for service donations from mental health professionals with a background in trauma counseling, people of color would be preferable for obvious reasons. If you know someone who might be willing to either to go to Ferguson or do tele-sessions, please direct them to this form.
History of Power Rangers RETURNS with Operation Overdrive!
When is the next History of Power Rangers?
RIGHT NOW! YEAH!!!!!!!!
This week on Sire: Susan listens to some music.
Happy with this week’s page. As far as surrealism goes, it’s not outside the box or very inspired. But it is what I wanted to draw, and I find it to be soothing. It’s nice to be satisfied, occasionally, with what you make.
Giant resolution available here.
me: this celebrity is kinda good :-)!
tumblr: but… problematic! *brings out 116 receipts*
I was having a frustrating night at work: my students weren’t talking, they weren’t listening or doing their work. I came back from break to find this on my desk from my (obviously with reason) favourite student. This is why, even at it’s worst, at the end of the day I love what I do.
If you live anywhere near Evansville Indiana please be safe because apparently 10 women have been abducted and now they’re saying it’s a possible serial killer sO please don’t go anywhere alone