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I don’t think any of those inks are waterproof. So you may also want to check out Noodler’s Inks.
On Pen Addict he recommends these inks for fountain pens maybe they will work for you
Top 5 Fountain Pen Ink Brands
1.Pilot Iroshizuku – If you are going to pay for a premium ink, make sure it is one that performs as well as the inks in the Iroshizuku line.
2.Sailor – The perfect mid-range ink. The colors pop and it behaves wonderfully.
3.P.W. Akkerman – As its popularity rises its availability increases, making it a great choice for any fountain pen user. The beautiful bottles are an added bonus.
4.Pelikan Edelstein – The German Iroshizuku? Yeah, I guess so. Great colors and at least one limited release per year.
5.Montblanc – High quality and great performance for cheaper than you think.
(Just missed: It is hard to rank basic ink lines when there is more variety in the premium lines, but stock Pilot and Lamy inks see a lot of use for me.)
If you really know the form of your epic you can start doing short stories that later can be blended into your epic storyline. Or better yet, do backstories or side stories. You can also look at it as time to work on your character designs. I hear creators all the time talk about this issue. When they go to publish a book the character designs that they started with don’t match the character designs at the end of the book. Sometimes they go back and redraw the early pages.
Pick up the book Show Your Work by Austin Kleon. It’s quick read. Basically he advocates sharing your process
Consistently post bits and pieces of your work, your ideas, and what you’re learning online. Instead of wasting your time “networking”, take advantage of the network.
Human beings are interested in other human beings and what other human beings do. People really do want to see how the sausage gets made. Scoop up the scraps and the residue of your process and shape them into some interesting bit of media that you can share.
Not surprisingly this also seems to work for Patreon. People are actually willing to pay to see your process. So instead of trying to build your audience why don’t you focus on monetizing your existing audience? Given your deep archive you have rewards you can offer as well.February 25, 2016 at 5:52 pm in reply to: SEO and image tagging & Descriptions. Too much or too little? #15763February 25, 2016 at 5:36 pm in reply to: SEO and image tagging & Descriptions. Too much or too little? #15760
Google also considers speed in SEO. It looks for your files to be compressed. If you are compressing your image files you may be losing the metadata. If you are using Photoshop and you Save for Web you need adjust your settings if you want to preserve metadata. Although I would echo Andy in saying that your photo metadata is no that important. If you aren’t compressing your photos that may be more important since how fast your page loads does matter in SEO.
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Don’t forget “sweetness” every once and while. Something that makes the reader go “Awww…” This works with humor strips as well.
Actually Smush.it appears to be dead. Killed by Yahoo.
This appears to be a solution for Mac users.
ImageOptim is a free app that makes images take up less disk space and load faster, without sacrificing quality. It optimizes compression parameters, removes junk metadata and unnecessary color profiles.
ImageOptim seamlessly integrates the best optimization tools: PNGOUT, Zopfli, Pngcrush, AdvPNG, extended OptiPNG, JpegOptim, MozJPEG (jpegtran & jpegrescan), and Gifsicle.
It’s excellent for publishing images on the Web (easily shrinks images “Saved for Web” in Photoshop) and also useful for making Mac and iPhone/iPad applications smaller (if you configure Xcode).
I do export my Manga Studio files as JPEG (Single Layer). I have found settings that give me the quality I want. My files are only 130KB but apparently there is room for improvement.
You are probably right about Stuffit. They do offer a 30-day free trial so I guess I could test whether it’s compression is for uncompression only.
Has anybody used Smushit outside of WordPress? With Safari?
<div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Rick Hughes wrote:</div>
…You will not effect any social change no matter how witty or well drawn your comic is.
That’s one of the most horrifying things I’ve ever read.
It’s not horrifying. It’s just not true.
“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions. – Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals.
Obviously comics, especially political cartoons, can serve this purpose.
Alternatively, have you ever watch the Twilight Zone? Many episodes were in response to McCarthyism. Instead of directly attacking the government and society directly it crouched it’s criticism in the guise of science fiction. I mean, who takes science fiction serious? Are you telling me comics can’t do the same thing that the Twilight Zone did?
I know how you feel. I have a 4 month buffer as well. I have things to deal with in the next month that may preclude me from working on my comic and I am glad for the buffer. I may be faced with the same issue several times next year. It’s nice to have the net. Some people like to work with stress of a deadline. I don’t. I prefer to be more methodical in my approach. I generally don’t do topical subjects either so that’s not an issue for me. Even if I did have something topical I could sneak it in.
I have to preface my comment with the fact that I have not read the article since the last time you posted.
I would interpret “stepping out of line” as not meeting your commitments. If you say you are going to post M-W-F and you post onece a week otherwise you are stepping out of line. If you say you are going to take a month off and you take two months off you are stepping out of line. If you are doing a daily gag strip that turns into a serious strip about cancer you are stepping out of line. It’s about trust and doing what you say you are going to do.
I know of one web comic in particular in which the creator took a hiatus, did a reboot, started again but could not maintain any kind of consistency. I was done. RSS deleted. He didn’t do what he said he was going to do. I’m tired of seeing the excuses in my feed. There is a lot of other content out there vying for my attention. So this particular artist has lost my trust. He won’t get me back. He probably lost other readers as well. He has to find new readers to get back to where he was before. And that is assuming he ever starts producing on a consistent basis again and can build trust with that audience.
(2) I almost want to encourage you to do this so you can come back in six months and report on how much of that GoComics audience found their way to your site. And I don’t mean that as a challenge. I mean it like this: I think I “know” you well enough through this site that I trust you not to come back here and BS us. And I think the answer — either way — would be a benefit to the community.
It’s probably not going to happen anytime soon. But if I ever do it I will come back with a an honest report about the experience.
Comics Sherpa has been around for a decade now. Has this ever actually happened?
I can’t imagine why it would. Why would they pay money to a creator who is willing to pay them?
Yes. One of the early comics to go up on Sherpa was Scott Hilburn’s Argyly Sweater which eventually was syndicated.
In the last year I used to see Adult Children by Stephen Beals on Sherpa. It is now on Go Comics. I am sure there are more but these are the two I actually know of.
Most people are using it for exposure. They hope to get the attention of the Go Comics editors for syndication or a paid gig on Go Comics. The other advantage is it does give the aspiring cartoonist a turn-key solution to host their comic with a built in audience.
This initial response is not how I would use it but it is a motivation for many who do use it.
A Syndication contract, probably not, a Go Comics contract, maybe yes. I would be interested to know the details of Go Comics contract. If I just keep doing what I am already doing and I get some money from Go Comics why not?
I do not subscribe to a newspaper but I do subscribe to Go Comics and I do have added some Sherpa comics to my reading list in the past.
However, when I say I am considering Go Comics I am talking about it as a component of an overall strategy. I have my own website and I always will. The only difference I see between Go Comics and Google+, Facebook, Tumblr, is that you have to pay up front to access a large audience of people that read comic strips. These are all places people are going to consume content and engage with creators. They are not going to generate ad revenue but you might be able to get them to support your Kickstarter, buy a t-shirt, or buy a book, or come see you at a convention. You might even be able to convert a few into True Fans. They just aren’t going to consume your content outside of GO Comics just as many people won’t consume your comic outside Facebook or other social media.