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Having been a comic creator for all of three weeks now, I feel that I am qualified to talk about the art of comics now. I have quickly started to figure out the rhythm of a daily comic, where you have to quickly set up the premise and get to the punchline in just a few panels. You don’t have much space for exposition, especially when your lettering is as bad as mine, and you can’t do many site gags when it’s difficult to draw anything more complicated than a hat. But I think I’ve started to get the feeling for it.
I hope you are enjoying the results.
I know that not many parts of the world have May 1st as a holiday, but where I live, it’s a three day weekend. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing, though, because it meant we had to work Saturday to get three days off, then come back to work Wednesday. Personally I’d rather just get the Tuesday off. In other words, no work on Saturday, come in Monday, and then nothing on Tuesday. Working six days straight isn’t worth the three days off in a row.
In any case, I’m back to my regular M-W-F posting schedule. Sorry for the interruption.
I wanted to start varying things up, so this week I added a prop. It turns out even simple things, like jump ropes, are quite hard to draw.
Also, I felt like I was getting into a groove with the characters. Like I was getting better with Elephant. But now I’ve lost it. I’m working at being more consistent with them.
What do you think of a sad elephant t-shirt? would you buy one?
They may be small, but I definitely see some sighs of improvement as I start week two. I think this is definitely my best one yet.
My girlfriend compared my comic to Dinosaur Comics, because the panel is pretty much the same every time. This is not any kind of tribute; it’s out of necessity. I can barely manage an elephant and a mouse, so the more things stay the same, the more likely there will be noticeable improvement. God forbid I add a new character or try to draw a location of something.
So as we get to the end of week one of my first ever webcomic, I’ve gotten some consistent feedback on the dialogue. People would like it to be clearer. Believe me, I want it to be clearer too. Lettering for comics is NOT EASY. But I have started to improve. I discovered that if I zoom in while I’m lettering, it’s easier to write clearly.
Also, if you click on a comic, a larger version will appear, which might be easier to read.
Anyway, this is all a journey. I hope that every week I get better. Keep the feedback coming. I appreciate it.
I admit that I’m not a very good artist, and I’m not as funny as I would like, but I am doing my best and I hope that counts for something. I have always loved comics. Growing up, Sunday mornings always had an element of magic, because the comic pages came in color. I always read them in order, saving my favorites for last. That means every day, for ten years, Calvin and Hobbes was the last comic I read.
I know that I can never be as good as Watterson or Larson, or even North or Malki!, but I can still try my best to make a comic that I enjoy reading. Hopefully a few other people will like it as well.
So after reading so many comics, I’ve decided to do my own webcomic. Now it’s true, I have no artistic ability, nor am I very funny, but that didn’t stop Brad Anderson. Ha ha, I kid.
Anyway, welcome to my new webcomic, Sad Elephant Comics. I hope you like it!