Webcomic Workshop Podcast #67

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face.

This podcast we discuss:

Chris: Naming my fourth book: The 1st 3 Capes & babes books have been a play on the first book’s title, You Can’t Print FLICK. Eventually, I’ll run out of creative alternatives to that particular title. I’m wondering if now would be a good time to switch that book title format. And if it is, what are some possible suggestions? Should I just go with Capes & Babes, Volume 4 or some other kind of format? Suggestions? Thoughts? Comments?

Dawn: I almost had to replace my tablet PC laptop. The new HD seems like it’ll keep it going for a few more years, if that. My “dream computer” seems like it’ll never get made: a wacom-enabled Mac Tablet laptop, under $2K, that could replace my ancient mac desktop AND laptop. I love the portability of a tablet PC, so a Cintiq + desktop isn’t an option, nor affordable. The Modbook is close to what I want but way too pricey. What’s my best bet NOW, and what rumors have you heard in the future?

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  1. I liked the book title discussion. I’m sure I won’t have to worry about books for a very, very long time, but it was interesting to hear. The point about using a popular element, like a character or important story, made a lot of sense.

    I used to draw with pencil and paper when I was growing up, but as an adult I’ve only ever drawn with an Intuos pad. The hand-eye coordination of drawing on my lap while looking up at my monitor never felt awkward to me. Maybe it’s because I played a lot of video games and that’s sort of the same: you hold the controller in your hands while Mario jumps around on the TV. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • ha, the video game correlation makes sense… and though I have played my fair share & could train myself, the disconnect took the fun out of inking for me :0(

  2. I can think of all kinds of titles to do with Flick or Werewolves especially using movie titles: Flick Strikes Back, Of Men and Werewolves, etc.

    I did not draw a lot as a kid much less as an adult. Yet here I am trying to draw a webcomic. I am starting from scratch. I tried to use my iPad. After experimenting with various vector programs I settled on Inkpad for iPad. The only thing it lacked (for me) was different pen styles and I don’t think it works with a pressure sensitive stylus. I did one comic and I found myself continuously tweaking it. I also discovered I had a lot to learn with vector graphic programs. So I finally moved forward by using Bristol board, blue pencils, micron pens, a brush pen and lots of white-our. Someday I may try to going back to drawing on a tablet.

    • it’s totally ok to keep trying new stuff and bouncing back and forth between digital and traditional! I do that from time to time too. Sometimes just moving my workspace to a different location or rearranging furniture helps keep it “fresh”.

  3. Hey Dawn,

    If you’re interested, I use a Motion Computing LE1700 to do my comics on. It’s a computer tablet with (only) 256 levels of pressure sensitivity, but I run everything on it. It’s a few years old – the new models run $2000, but you can find older ones like I have for less than $300 on ebay.

  4. The original run of the Modbooks have come down a lot in price lately. I sold a lot of old Apple hardware on eBay and got a 2009 Modbook (the last year before Axiotron went under)from Power Max for $600. It isn’t a replace all system, but it is strong enough to run CS5 on it. I use mine primarily for comics and got a bluetooth keyboard to do all the key commands I was used to.
    If I could afford it, I would get a Modbook Pro and I’m always hoping Apple would make an iPad Pro to compete against the Microsoft Surface Pro (which I thought about getting until I found the Modbook.)
    That’s just my $.02

  5. I highly recommend the Surface Pro or Surface Pro 2. The first version should be coming down in price now that the 2nd generation is out. The biggest advantage to the second generation is battery life, but otherwise they are pretty much identical in real use.

    Don’t forget that the Surface Pros also have a touch screen so you get that extra convenience of being able to touch pan or rotate your canvas (depending on the software you use). Don’t just take the Win 8 haters’ word – try it yourself and you’ll find a 1st class touch enabled experience along with the programs you’ve used and depend on.

  6. Now I feel like I should have names for the Adrastus books other than “book one”, “book two”. I’ve definitely noticed though, like Robin said about “arty” people, I’m more inclined to hand someone the second book because it has the better art in it.

    And (months later) I’m going to agree with The Carl about the surface pro 2. I got one for Christmas and I love it for my drawing needs, especially when I’m on the road. Lots of Chapter 13 was sketched and colored on my Surface Pro 2, though I did the inking on my Yiynova. I prefer drawing on the screen since I’ve been doing it for so long.

    I’m right there with you, Byron. Except that I was trained traditionally and moved to digital, but I do not get nostalgic for the feel of pencil and paper. I actually hate that most of the non-screen tablets have that rough surface that’s supposed to mimic paper, because it destroys the nibs. My old Wacom Graphire lasted for 8 years with the same nib in it because it had the smooth surface, but then the Intuos I had for awhile I nearly destroyed the nibs because of the rough “papery” surface.

    MANGA STUDIO 5 IS THE BEST THING TO INK WITH EVER. *cough* Sorry. Manga Studio was mentioned, and I have to get excited. ๐Ÿ™‚

    The Yiynova is a fantastic alternative to a Cintiq. I got a 19 inch Yiynova monitor and the only thing different from the Gateway laptop (I think I bought the same model Dawn had because she was so happy with it) is that I have to zoom in with MS5 to 150-200% instead of 100% for inking. Not a big deal! (I would still give my kidneys for a big Cintiq though, with all the shortcut buttons. *drool*)

    Now I’m imagining Hipster Robin. “Carving comics in to granite is the only REAL way to make comics!”

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