the-best-medicine asked: Your comic is really inspiring to me, its actually got me plotting out ideas for a comic of my own. Do you have any tips on planning pages? :3
I’m so glad! <3I know I’ve probably told anyone who’s asked me about it already.. but this is all just a learning process so far.. I’ve been making comics ever since I was a kid but I can’t say I’m really great or even good at making them. I get bored with routine so I have a tendency to try the same thing 20 different ways.. what works for me will work for me until I get bored and try something else..
Basically, for this first chapter, I just wanted to have each page add something to the story.. I have an outline that I work from that basically has a list of “goals” I want to accomplish with each page, and those are basically just a one sentence summary of what happens there.. p1. Brett is struck by lightning; p2. Brett meets Brik; p3. Brik asks for the vial.. and so on. I’ve been trying to keep things as brief as possible without glossing over them, and I want the transitions between pages to be as smooth as possible. I try to make sure each page has an “ending”, so to speak. Instead of cutting off mid-thought or something weird like that..
As for visuals, I sketch the page out with each panel on a separate layer and mess around with the sizing and layout before I commit to cleaning up and adding lineart.. page formatting is still a big issue for me, mainly because text is a giant pain in my ass that I have yet to figure out.. and will sometimes (a lot of times) force me to reformat in ways that I don’t find particularity aesthetic. But these characters won’t shut up, so I guess we have to have dialogue bubbles floating around, haah.
I have some stuff coming up to bumper between here and chapter 2 that’s not really plot driven but more “free format”.. basically I just want to sort of experiment with more short format one-two page stuff.. as well as switching up the visual side of things a tad..But yes, I am really glad my work inspires you! Hopefully we can figure out this whole comic-y thing together, haha. I’m excited to see what you come up with!
flexico-mod asked: I've been a huge fan of your comic since you posted the old version on DA however many years ago! I'm so happy to see it being continued and fleshed out more. <3
Really glad to have you reading again!
prettied up the site a bit, since it was lookin’ pretty drab. Added some background art featuring ACE:
Also resized all the pages to one uniformed size, and added a much needed archive page
I dunno go check it out?