Web Comics Tips: BarCamp 2012

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Web Comics Tips: BarCamp 2012

  1. 1. ‘Comics at the speed of life’
  2. 2. So Why WebComics?• I’d just published a 10 year collection of my comics. It was time for something new.• I’m all about drawing comics fast. And life is short.• I’d read a manifesto encouraging people to write stories.• I wanted to share my experiences living in Cambodia to both Khmer and foreign friends.• For fun! (I lost money doing my comic, so anyone who wants to become rich should leave now. )
  3. 3. 365 Comics!Jan 01 – December 31 2011. I simply ‘jumped in’.
  4. 4. Webcomics Tips• Stick to a schedule. That builds your audience.• Use professional art tools, they save time• There is no ‘correct’ way to do a webcomic. The most successful vary widely.• Friends, family, artist friends /art community can be a big source of support.• My own process:
  5. 5. Recommended Tools• Pen, pencil, eraser – I use marker pens. – (many pros use brush / nib pens)• Computer, Scanner – scan for print AND web• Art board / art paper• Khmer-English dictionary• Digital camera for reference• Free web site
  6. 6. What ILearned
  7. 7. You can be as detailedor simple as youlike. Your comic,your rules
  8. 8. Whatever makes you happy, sador curious is a good start.
  9. 9. Web comicsallow you torespond tocurrentevents in‘real time’
  10. 10. Onecommentcan makeyour day.(Moderate your comments.)
  11. 11. Always be ready – stories are everywhere
  12. 12. Every day is a special day
  13. 13. Everybodyloves a good Motodop joke.
  14. 14. It’s alwaysa struggleto balance life and art.
  15. 15. You are a library ofstories – find your bestway to share them.
  16. 16. There are better topics than procrastination.
  17. 17. Drawing &sharing your comic can take time. You may miss your friends.
  18. 18. I ended up creating two stories – unintentionally. (‘Carrot and Potato’)
  19. 19. ‘Apple and Pear’Even when I’m being lazy, it’s easy tolapse into character-driven narrative.
  20. 20. Tricks: I use templates, stamps & Puppets(OMG, is this cheating?)
  21. 21. Puppets –how real do you feel?
  22. 22. There are now several ‘Weeksito’ puppets out traveling the planet, an externalization of comics into the ‘real’ world.
  23. 23. Free Comics for download:
  24. 24. That’s all!Webcomics I like Additional linkswww.quickdraw.me/blog

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