Following our discussion of the Hero’s Journey narrative structure, let’s spend a little time drilling down into the character archetypes. These are roles played by characters in a typical Hero’s Journey that get repeated throughout storytelling.The content you are trying to access is only available to members.
Q&A: The importance of re-writing
Q On a recent ComicLab episode, you answered a question about someone doing draft after draft of his writing and you said he was doing the right thing. Could this be the same problem of someone drawing the same comic […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...Read more
Writing stories — planning a route
Sometimes the hardest thing about writing a story isn’t coming up with a grand arc that challenges and changes your main character. Sometimes the devil is in those little details along the way — all of those myriad decisions you have […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...Read more
ComicLab Ep 108: Live by the platform; die by the platform
From YouTube’s new policy regarding Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) to SmackJeeves’ site-wide changes, the ComicLab guys realize that living by the platform can mean dying by the platform. Then they take delight in an ingenious plan to expose […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...Read more
Clip Studio Paint needs to support OpenType
I was very excited when Comicraft announced that it had build “crossbar-I” technology into their new fonts — and that they had re-released their two most popular fonts, ComiCrazy and Wild Words, with this feature enabled. Imagine my chagrin when […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...Read more
Ten resolutions for a better 2020
We all make resolutions this time of year. Sure, most of us forget about them by February, but it’s useful to set goals at a time like this. It helps to focus our attention on those areas that we know […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...Read more
Should you be building an audience on Webtoons?
Webtoons has developed into a significant player in the independent comics scene. With a ravenous comics-reading audience traversing the site — and even a few opportunities to get paid upfront as a Featured Creator — there are a lot of […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...Read more
In 1949, Joseph Campbell’s book, “The Hero with a Thousand Faces,” popularized the concept of a monomyth — that is, a core pattern that can be found in stories ranging from Greek mythology to Star Wars. Campbell — influence by Carl Jung — felt that this pattern tapped into a fundamental need of the human psyche. Countless authors have used The Hero’s Journey as a guide to writing their stories. Whether you believe in the Jungian analysis or not, it remains a compelling series of guideposts that a writer can use to help organize their storytelling.The content you are trying to access is only available to members.
It’s hard to believe we’re approaching the winter holiday season, but here we are. If you’re shipping merchandise with an expectation of having it there before the holidays, here are some deadlines to be aware of.The content you are trying to access is only available to members.
Instagram’s multi-image posts are fantastic for sequential work, but what if your comic is a long, continuous horizontal panel? You could spend a few bucks on an app that will convert the image to a Continuous scrolling image. Or you could use this workaround in Photoshop.The content you are trying to access is only available to members.
Patreon has proven to be a game-changer for may people pursuing webcomics. But some new patrons have a hard time navigating the Patreon interface to get the most out of their patronage. While I don’t mind seeing “my financial situation has changed” and “I only intended to pledge for a limited time” in my Patron Exit Surveys, I hate seeing “I’m not happy with Patreon’s features or services.“
To be fair, the “I’m not happy…” response appears rarely. But, in optimizing my Patreon approach, I’ve created something that I’m seeing very positive results from…
The Video Walkthrough
I recorded a brief screen recording of me navigating Patreon, narrating the process and adding titles to help patrons fast-forward to each new topic.
In my walkthrough, I covered:
- Patreon Messages
- E-mail settings
- Posts Page
- How I use tags to denote different content types
- Downloading files through Patreon
- How to see content bigger
- Dropbox links
- Dropbox navigation
- Getting updates on new posts
- Posting to the Community Page
- How to contact me
- How the pledge system works
Mind you, much of this stuff is covered in my welcome e-mail. But, let’s face it, most people give that a skim at best.
Getting your video seen
Once I posted the walkthrough video to my Patreon page, I tagged it as “User Guide,” and made it one of the Featured Tags on my Posts page. In fact, I made it the top Featured Tag:
Now, it has a position of prominence on the Posts page. So as new users are trying to navigate the system, it’s very likely to be spotted — and used to help them solve their issues.
When I launched a Special Offer on Patreon, I decided to do some outreach to the folks who had pledged to my Patreon campaign in the past — but had since left. Here’s how I did that — and what happened when I did.The content you are trying to access is only available to members.
The deadline for the Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship is Dec. 20. Applicants must be students at a 4-year college in the United States, Canada or Mexico who will be a Junior or Senior during the 2020-21 academic year. Applicants do not have to be art majors to be eligible for this scholarship.
The winner will receive:
- $5,000 scholarship
- Trip to the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Awards Convention.
- 8 samples of your own cartooning artwork (copies only); noting if and where the work has been published — either in print or on the Web.
- Print out the samples AND copy them to a CD.
- Files should be no larger than 8.5×11″ and no more than 300 dpi.
- DO NOT send original artwork.
- Completed entry form.
- Download the PDF of the entry form for more details.
THE JAY KENNEDY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
National Cartoonists Society Foundation
PO Box 592927
Orlando FL 32859-2927
Patreon CEO Jack Conte has announced an independent million-dollar endowment to fund Super Patron. It funds a single $50,000-per-year grant for artists. Creators should submit an application using whatever medium they prefer, as long as the experience lasts no more than three minutes. The deadline is Nov. 22, so get crackin’.
The applications will be evaluated by a panel of judges that includes comedians Hannibal Buress and Grace Helbig, cartoonist Danielle Corsetto, YouTube star Molly Burke, and True Crime Obsessed podcast hosts Patrick Hinds and Gillian Pensavalle. Whoever wins will get a monthly stipend throughout 2020. From the site:
- There are no instructions.
- This is not a traditional application.
- There are no multiple choice questions, no downloadable PDFs, no boxes to check, no processes, or any other bureaucratic crap.
- There’s only one rule: it must take us no longer than three minutes to review your application. Whether it’s a video, a song, a podcast, a piece of writing, or something else, it’s gotta be consumable in three minutes or less. Not a second longer… not a second.
- Submissions are due by 11:59pm PST on Nov 21st.
- The selected creator of the grant will be announced on December 19, 7:00am PST / 10:00am EST.
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Sometimes simple boldface lettering just isn’t enough. Sometimes I want a character to shout so loud it pops out of the word balloon itself. Using Clip Studio Paint, I can make that happen.
Here’s a video tutorial with step-by-step instructions…
Exploding text word balloons
- First, type the word(s) you want to emphasize. I like using a sound-effect font for this. In the example above, it’s Ratatatat by ComicCraft.
- Using the Magic Wand tool, select the area outside the type, and then use Shift-Command-i (Selection -> Invert Selected Area) to invert the selection.
- Expand the selection (Selection -> Expand Selected Area) by about 24 pixels
- Create a new layer (below the text), and fill the selection with white
- Expand the selection by another 12 pixels
- Create a new layer and…
- Fill the selection with black
- Create a folder and put all of these elements into it. It will make this so much easier to move around later!
- Create the rest of the word balloon
- Drag the word-balloon layer into the folder — between the white layer and the black layer!
Now you’ve got an “exploding type” word balloon that really delivers on expressiveness!