so I've finished my act 1 thumbnails!! (for now, it's still an early draft)
my next step is asking other people to read them + give me feedback.. I think I have some ideas for how I could improve the comic, but at this point some fresh eyes would be very helpful!
I do feel kinda anxious about it though! this comic is very precious to me and very rough in its current form.. showing it to other people at this stage requires a type of vulnerability I'm not used to and so it's a little scary.
but I shouldn't let that stop me!! I really do want this comic to be the best that I can make it, and I think soliciting some concrit would help a lot!
on that note, if you're reading this and would be interested in giving me some feedback on my act 1 thumbs please contact me! I'm snail-legs#0188 on discord, or firstname.lastname@example.org via email
I've been continuing to thumbnail the first act of moon jellyfish kiss, and this one kept making me sympathy yawn!
I'm about 4 pages away from finishing this round of thumbnails now, and it's been really surreal seeing the script I've spent about 3 months working on in comic form! I have a lot of work ahead of me yet, but still.
I find as much as I may write my scripts panel-by-panel and page-by-page, I almost always end up changing things and smoothing them over with my thumbnails! it's very difficult to figure out how well a script will translate into a comic before I start, y'know. translating it.
I also ended up using blender to 3D model lilac's bedroom! mostly because I know juuust enough 3D modelling to make something simple like this, and I didn't want to draw proper thumbnails for it (was drawing a lot of environment thumbnails for work)
I later decided I didn't like the materials I'd managed to hack together because they look a bit tacky, but took the render above before removing them. (it took long enough to make them that I felt a keepsake of some kind was necessary)
not to get too ahead of myself, but I might be looking for beta readers soon 👀
I'm at a point where I want some outside feeback on act 1, so I've started thumbnailing it out! the first scene is fully thumbnailed, but there's an environment I have to design before I can start thumbnailing the other two scenes.
I wasn't expecting body hair to be my favourite change on HRT, but I think it might be? idk, something about seeing my hair start to grow in darker and thicker feels like a reclaimation of my own body. it's oddly healing.
I've switched over to writing my comic scripts in the standard comic script format, and it's very nice. Super legible, and once I figured out how I was going to adapt it to markdown, reasonably seamless for me to write in.
It's not shown in the example above, but I'm also using a h1 for the document title, a h2 to mark new scenes, and a hr to create a page-break after each page.
I use a little css snippet to format the blockquotes I'm using for dialogue/sfx - it removes the default formatting and centers the text.
All that to say that I think the standard comic script is a really good tool. While it may take a little time + thought to integrate it into your workflow, I'd reccomend giving it a go! (and thought I'd share how I'm using it, as someone who scripts his comics in markdown)
I'm usually super tired after work, so I don't often have the brainpower left to write! I took a nap after work today though, and it really helped :)
I was able to enjoy doing a little bit of writing before bed, and it feels nice!
it helps that I'm fairly excited for the comic I'm writing at the moment, too!! this one has a similar tone to the dragon knights, which was a bit of a breakthrough in discovering the type of story I enjoy telling :-)
they're based on pens I have irl and it took a bit of faffing but they feel really nice to draw with :-)
it's interesting to think about the phases I've gone through with my taste in brushes. I've used soft brushes, hard brushes, textured brushes, untextured brushes... a lot of it is about striking a balance that feels good to me, and what "feels good" is often mood-dependant!
been researching deserts for work and the third youtube search result for them is a minecraft video?? please. youtube. I know I watch a lot of minecraft videos but this is not what I was asking for when I searched "desert" hsdkfgjshg
but the trouble with this is that the HTML alternative is to create individual .html files for each page of each comic. and I have a lot of comics on this site- factory town alone has 57 pages!! I did not want to edit all these by hand.
luckily for me, I remembered that I know Python! so I decided some automation was in order.
I haven't programmed anything in like at least two years though?
it took a little trial and error, but in the end I came up with a script that looped through all of the comic images and created a HTML page for each one, adding the correct first/prev/next/last links and other info into a template file using .replace()
it's not perfect and I still had to edit some things manually, but it definately saved some time and was much more entertaining than writing all the .html files by hand would've been.
anyways now I wanna program some more because I'd forgotten how fun it is!!
we had a traditional Belizean christmas dinner this year (chimole for spice-lovers and wonton soup for me) and man. why we've been eating turkey roast all these years when the family recipes are so much tastier I have no idea,,