Category: Writing & Webcomic

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Meeting of the Paneled Room in Iowa City

Meeting Topic: Character – Design & Expression We tell stories through characters. Simple, right? It’s more complicated than it sounds. Characters need to be consistent across pages yet diverse in their aspects. We’ll discuss how to create visual hooks & cues for consistency and how to use camera angles and expressions for diversity. Story, panel sheet, and time...

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Sex, Violence, World Domination, and Getting Blacklisted

I’m starting to get a rhythm with my webcomic, Darklord. Sex, violence, and world domination are underway. You can see the thumbs in the sidebar to the left. I have  a post write-up along with the pages, so if you’re interested in the process, you’ll find more information on that...

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The Paneled Room – Comics Creators Group in Iowa City

Our first Paneled Room meeting is tonight in downtown Iowa City from 6-8pm. This is a group of comics creators, meant for hobbyists to professionals. I’m excited about meeting new creators, discovering new comics, sharing process with others, and just sitting in a room with all that creative energy. Are you...

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Graphic Novel and Comic Creator’s Group – The Writers’ Rooms

At the end of September, there’s a new writers’ group in Iowa City, The Paneled Room, one of The Writers’ Rooms. I’ve been so impressed with The Writers’ Rooms, a non-profit organization that: ENDEAVORS TO HELP ALL WRITERS WITH THEIR CRAFT. WE STRIVE TO ENCOURAGE AND FOSTER COMMUNITY-SOURCED KNOWLEDGE TO HELP LEAD...

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Webcomic Creation – Settling on a Process

I’m amazed at the creators out there who just start a webcomic who don’t seem to go through this laborious process that I have. At least I don’t find creators posting much about their decisions. There are so many ways to do a webcomic! How do you decide which way...

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Darklord Title Design

Despite my failures this weekend — still figuring out Procreate — I managed to settle on a title for Darklord. As I mentioned earlier, graphic design is a different beast from illustration. I love the creative challenge of both. It’s for you to say which I’m better at, but I’m...

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Comic Title Design – Darklord Icon

I worked as a graphic designer for a number of years. I’ve made logos, brochures, packaging, business cards, banners, etc. It wasn’t until I started thinking about the Darklord title that I wondered who came up with the iconic titles I see on current comics. I don’t imagine it’s the...

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Avestine’s Palace Floor Plan

If you have checked out the ancillary documents, you know I do a lot of background for my world. It’s necessary to a degree, but I also enjoy world-building so much, I go the extra mile. I got ahold of some generating apps that help me create the cities and...