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The imgur link is down – can you repost it?
As for going back and revising old work – without knowing more about what you’re working on I’d say it’s best just to keep moving forward. If you are working on a book that will eventually be released as a whole, then maybe it’s worth going back to shore up some issues, but I wouldn’t focus too much on it.
In a perfect world you could have a book laid out all at once, then sketch it in one go, and then develop pencils, then inks…building up every page at the same time in order to have a perfectly unified look. Given the dynamics of webcomics, that type of progress might not be feasible if you’re also trying to release content regularly (unless you take a year off to finish the book and then release it a page a time…not sure if anyone has ever done that).
Finally – I think asking for feedback on specific things is fine, but it’s my experience that when someone (with experience) has something else to mention, I’m better off paying attention to that, and sometimes I’ve realized that my concerns are actually overshadowed by bigger issues that the other person pointed out.
Hopefully some of this helps – sorry I couldn’t look at the artwork to give you a more specific response.
@Sarah I wanted to thank you again for putting up that codepen demo. I’m starting to look at this feature again now that I have a new site template up, and I was wondering if you also have/use Comic Easel and if so – do you have tips for integrating your responsive comic code into that plugin?
@kenned – thank you for responding regardless of the time that’s passed! I survived without the GoDaddy CDN, and have now migrated my sites to FlyWheel which hasn’t shown the same issues. I am using FlyWheel’s CDN and also the Jetpack image optimization (which I think is just CDN); but the random button works fine (I’ve checked using incognito/private browsers not logged into wordpress to make sure).
I’m not sure if there is a GoDaddy specific workaround, but my advice to anyone reading this thread is to leave GoDaddy as a host and move to an optimized WordPress Hosting Provider. GoDaddy has more issues than this, and the costs don’t justify giving it any additional effort to resolve something like this when there’s likely other issues you’re dealing with right now or are going to face soon (if my experience is any indication).
As an aside – I’m super pleased with Flywheel – the speed of my wordpress sites is night and day faster than GoDaddy.
@ayalpinkus I never even thought of resizing word balloons and font for mobile, but that is something to consider. I think what I’m leaning heavily toward now is formatting a comic that looks good in Instagram (panel by panel, similar to how Dave Kellet is doing for Sheldon) and then doing the responsive design for my website using the same static PNGs or JPGs.
@Ayalpinkus – apologies for not responding sooner (not sure if I overlooked the email notifications of your posting or something else). This is great information – thank you very much!
I’ve had a pretty busy year, and I’m now getting back considering implementing responsive design strips. It’ll be a lot of work to go through my old strips, but again I really appreciate the info. Once I start diving into this I may follow up on this forum with more questions. Thanks again!
Thanks so much Sarah – this site is a great way for me to teach myself how to do this! Can you share how long it took you to format the comic and prepare it? Is this something that can be streamlined and done quickly after you have it set up, or is it pretty involved each time?
Thank you Ava and Sarah; I was beginning to think my post would get lost in the forums!
It sounds like I need to brush up on my CSS/HTML and research flexbox – which isn’t great to hear but it’s awesome to have a place to start. I guess I have some tests to try out; if I manage to pull it off I’ll post what I learn on this forum topic. Coding isn’t my forté, but I love the way these comics display and I think it’s completely worth it.
I’ve heard of setting up trusts for estates before to avoid tax penalties on your beneficiaries; I would guess that having a trust manage your intellectual property after you pass away might be a smart thing to do too. If you do talk to a lawyer, it might be worth asking. The other thing you might consider is setting up an LLC for the same reasons, but I’m not sure of the pros/cons of either approach.
My experience with Tumblr is pretty basic, but it seems to be more of a feed than a portfolio. If you want to showcase all your different talents at once my opinion is that requires something more “static”, like a portfolio site. For portfolios, I’ve been taught they are showcases for the best examples of your work, so you shouldn’t be tempted to constantly update there unless you’re super proud of what you created. This would be especially true if you want to pick up commissions – think of the portfolio as an ever growing advertisement for your skills.
If you wanted to simply promote your comic though, duplicating posts on a tumblr might get you the traffic you want, but it could also keep people from visiting your site (why visit your site if they already saw today’s comic?). The way around that is find a way to show enough of your comic to “hook” a viewer into wanting to see the rest of the comic, like a preview thumbnail or something. Doing that could be a whole forum discussion on its own though…so tread carefully.
I guess if you had a tumblr theme that provided a category-view home page, you’d get a portfolio look and feel. That way when someone visits they can see what categories of talents you have and then drill into those categories. My worry though is that by default I think tumblr just organizes things chronologically, so unless you can reorganize that you run the risk of someone only skimming the most recent posts and not seeing older work that represents other aspects of your talents.
FYI – I currently use wordpress for my art portfolio, blogger for my comic (I need to move it to wordpress though), and tumblr for my random posts that don’t belong in either. I barely have any traffic for any site though – so please take my comments with a grain of salt! Above all I recommend doing something – don’t get frustrated and not try anything; it’s not like you can’t change course later on and try something else!
Jules – Thanks for letting me know about STANDUP – I Googled what you mentioned and stumbled across this site which has some examples of computer created jokes in case anyone else is curious: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/jokingcomputer/. I have to admit that a need for artificial intelligence in order for a program to be funny crossed my mind too – but I’m not certain that true AI is necessary for a program to produce comedy. I think there are patterns in certain types of comedy that can be duplicated if they’re understood well enough.
All that aside, when I read your post I was tempted to slap together a picture of the terminator with Impact font lettering saying, “WHY DID SARAH CONNOR CROSS THE ROAD?”, but I decided against it.
Ed Cant – I have to imagine that if a joke writing program (a good one that is) did exist, it would easily be funnier than me; so my shame would probably come from using it to help me write comics, or comedy in general. Obviously if such a program existed and I just asked it to give me the script for tomorrow’s comic, I wouldn’t feel like I’m anything more than an artist at that point. But if I bounced ideas off of it, in much the same way I get ideas for comics from talking to my brother, I wouldn’t know what to think… not shame, but maybe guilt for not being able to do it by myself? It’s an odd situation.
Thanks for replying to the topic anyway guys – with any luck it’s not something I need to actually worry about any time soon!
I have a feeling I’m a little late to the conversation on this, but I wanted to first say, “Thanks!” to everyone so far because this topic is right at the top of my mind lately and there’s a lot of great things mentioned that I’m really happy to read about.
Second I wanted to mention that I’ve used Manga Studio 5EX for a recent commissioned comic that had a classroom, and I used the classroom model included in MS 5EX to help get the job done quickly. I set it up on a reference layer, changed it to monochromatic and then lowered the opacity so it was easy to trace over with my own inking (lightbox basically). All the time I thought, how amazing would it be if they just figured out how to set up the 3D model outlines to become rulers? I love the rulers in Manga Studio because I get my ink lines perfectly placed without sacrificing stroke variation. If they could marry the the ruler somehow to just the outlines and major contours of 3D models I would be in heaven.
Third, regarding the original forum question and if we should feel “professionally guilty” – I’d say yes and no. I like getting work done quickly, accurately and efficiently. It’s smart for business and I’d say a worthwhile skill. But I’m also a traditionally trained artist, and I’ve seen artists who know how to make their own paint from scratch, know human anatomy better than some medical professionals, and can draw animals and objects realistically from memory. These are awe-inspiring talents, and skills I sometimes feel I’m denying myself for the sake of productivity. So I don’t think I should pass up learning essentials like anatomy and perspective, and 3D models certainly make it easy to overlook those areas…
…my 2 cents: If time isn’t a huge issue, take a moment to build up your understanding of what you’re drawing – especially if you think you’ll draw it often. But otherwise enjoy and make use of the tools you have. If I need to draw a horse once or twice, I’ll find a suitable photo to reference from the internet; and if a poseable 3d model is available even better. But if I intend to make a comic about horses…I’m going to study horses until I know how to draw them sight unseen.
Hope this helps someone! Thanks again!
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