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This is building a bit on ozoneocean's previous newspost on developing a sketch! ( For most comic artists, after having perfected a sketch (or at least getting it to an acceptable point) the next step is inking. I don't think I'm alone in saying this is one of my least favourite parts of the comic-making process. A well-inked image can make a sketch look professional, dynamic and ‘finished,’ while my own work often ends up sapping the life out of my initial sketch. In this newspost I'll lay out some of the techniques I've used for inking, and their pros and cons!

Keeping it precise: the pen tool

I'm being a bit of a photoshop elitist here - hopefully whatever programs you all use have a similar tool, in which you select an area and fill it in. For me, this is usually the technique that give me the best results. Lines can be made more or less thin to convey a sense of movement, and your lines are always crisp and precise. You can follow your sketch down to the pixel.

Cons: Your sketch has to be fairly complete as well as neat for this technique to work - and as you can see in the image above, mine often are not (see the hand). This also takes a heck of a lot longer than any other technique, and certain shapes (like circles) can be difficult to do nicely.

Keeping it lively: the brush tool

The ol' tried-and-true brush tool. You see a line on your sketch layer, you draw a line. Couldn't be simpler. You have all the advantages of digital media like clean lines and endless re-tries, but you're working freehand so you can keep the liveliness of traditional art.

Cons: My main problem with the brush tool arises from not having a very steady hand. It can be difficult to get everything in the right place on the first try, but move too slow and your lines gets shaky - not to mention you usually lose the difference in pressure that makes your inking look dynamic.

Keeping it traditional: a brush pen

I've seen some really amazing brush pen work…from other people. If you can master the brush pen, it produces lines that really flow in a way that I like a lot. And sometimes it's just nice to work in a traditional medium.

Cons: Once again, you need a steady hand - to an even greater extent than for the brush tool, because there's no erasing. I also tend to work very small when I do my sketches, and on weird things like graph paper, which makes using a brush pen difficult.

Keeping it sketchy: ball-point pen/pen and ink

Maybe this is cheating? The sketching and inking are integrated into one step. Add some cross-hatching, and voila! Your finished product. This is my most-used and favourite drawing technique for casual, non-comic art.

Cons: The reason I've never gone this route for a comic is that this method doesn't lend itself to being coloured. Colouring adds so much to a comic page that I haven't been able to let it go yet (although I have a vague plan for a black and white comic at some indeterminate point years in the future). - See more at:
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FEATURED COMIC --> Wizard along the way

Poor, poor prince Aiden needs the assistance of a wizard for his quest, the trouble he finds himself in is that the wizard he needs is an old, crochety, bastard with a terrible cold. This doesn't deter Aiden however, he gets right in there and works to make things better… But this wizard has other ways to mess him up. Wizard along the way is beautifully illustrated and written by Reca. It's all in watercolours and very lush looking in a friendly, colourful, cartoony style. This is a comedy, fantasy adventure.
Read Wizard along the way by Reca, rated E.
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Autumn has officially arrived. It feels like a different season even though I do not live in an area of the world where the tree leaves are turning vibrant shades of yellow and orange. The scents of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, and all the warm cozy feelings are back. Yes, this is my favourite time of the year.

There is one cartoonist that has always embodied this season and his Peanuts comic strip reminds me of the changing seasons even when the weather does not. I revisited Charles M. Schulz's story of the Great Pumpkin prior to writing this article because I never understood the ending and I learned something new. The central story is about Linus van Pelt who is the only one of his friends that believes in The Great Pumpkin. His friends, save for Sally, do not share his belief and go trick-or-treating instead. Each Halloween he sits in the pumpkin patch waiting for it to arrive. Schulz tells a story comparable to Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot and similar to Vladimir and Estragon, Linus sits up all night in the Pumpkin patch waiting for something that never appears. There is one takeaway-Linus had visited the pumpkin patch each year without ever seeing the Great Pumpkin, yet he continued to return year after year-too much waiting can lead to madness.

Anyway, there has been heavy rainfall in my part of the world and it is also Monday. Rainy days and Mondays NEVER get me down!

I would like Monday News to get fully immersed in the Halloween season for the month of October. So I am looking for community contributions from willing participants!

Email or PQ me!

-Do you have a Halloween-inspired short story that is Extra Spooky?
-Draw your original comic characters wearing a costume.
-If you are interested in Cosplay, you can even submit a photo wearing a costume!
-Original Poetry (Fall Themed)
-Awesome DIY crafts for decorating or making lollipop ghosts out of tissues.
-Photographs of pumpkin patches or carved jack-o-lanterns!
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Banes is deathly ill with the canceraids today so I'm having a go at newsposting instead.

So I want to chat about developing a sketch idea… Sometimes it can be a long and twisty road, but it's worth it to see what you end up with. Sticking with an idea, a concept, or a pose can be hard for some, I think for a lot of people if something doesn't work for them they'll toss it out and try something else (which is probably a REALLY good idea), but for those who're silly and obsessive like me we keep going back and back to things till we're fully satisfied that we've beaten the idea fully to death!

So that's really what went on with these sketches here. I started with an idea that I wanted to draw my character Pinky from Pinky TA in a relaxed but ready pose with all her characteristic accoutrements: a good character pic to maybe advertise the comic with or use in a poster or something. But it never quite gelled for me no matter what I did.

It started as a rough pencil sketch in a drawing book which I left for a while. I came back to it and drew in some more detail, but it didn't work for me. So I scanned it and corrected some bits and pieces to see if that'd make me happier about it, but that didn't work either and I had too many other things I was working on at the time to spend any more on a go nowhere project.

The idea of it stuck with me though, and as you can hopefully see from the longer picture at the bottom of this post, I eventually adapted it into something else: It didn't work for Pinky, so she became Cc (another of my characters), with Pinky behind her. In fact it was a chance to draw my friend and Pinky model Bianka AS Cc. Fully digital this time I started from scratch on the pose, did the full body this time, dedicated myself to it, finished it off and gave it a simple colour scheme.

And I was finally happy with what I ended up with…
Although looking at it now, I think I'd still like to go back to the original and finish it of as a Pinky drawing.
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Quackcast 238 - Draw your world
-Cover art by Tantz Aerine
We had a Quackcast about creating your world a while ago, but that was mainly in terms of writing. Some people touched on the visual aspects, Falopian Crusader among them, and Usedbooks showed us her city map.
For this Quackcast we discussed creating the LOOK of the world your story takes place in. Whether that's just the flat scenes with a few props you get in a comic strip or the whole city you get in Tantz Aerine's Without Moonlight. Do you do research? Just base it all on imagination? Draw what you know? Do you do designs for buildings, floor plans, interiors, the objects within the room?
What about the colour choices of your environments - Do you go for a unified scheme or just do whatever? Pitface and Tantz Aerine joined us to tell us how THEY do it.
Have a listen to Gunwallace's quirky theme for the slice of life comic Monday Monday!
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Featured comic:
Comics with backgrounds!:
Without moonlight -
Typical strange -
Putrid Meat -
Special thanks to:
Gunwallace -
Banes -
Tantz Aerine -
Pitface -
The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
Monday Monday - Featured theme: by Mondaymonday, rated M.
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DD Awards - Emergency Presenters Needed!
Thanks to all the judges who have helped to choose our 2015 winners! The judging portion of the awards is now complete.

From Niccea:
“The ceremony will start October 12th. We are looking for volunteers to be emergency presenters. The presentations right now are due October 3rd, and we need some volunteers to cover potential no shows. Emergency assignments will go out on the 4th. Only volunteer if you will be able to complete a page within a week and a half. Thank you.”

So if you've signed up to do one or more presentations, make sure to get those in to Niccea within the next week! And if you think you could make one up in a week and a half, please message Niccea and let her know you're able to help in case of emergency. - See more at:
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Things That Go DUCK in the Night
Horror…and the baddies and creepies and long-legged beasties of horror…come in many flavours.
These divisions might be incomplete or somewhat meaningless in a way, but hey, I have to approach it somehow…

Reality Bites: Human Creeps and real-world horror
-Serial Killers, Jason, Michael Myers, The Strangers, And Then There Were None, JAWS, Cujo, Urban Legends, Let's Not Meet stories

Lately I've become obsessed with the true stories found online, particularly the “Let's Not Meet” thread on Reddit. They're addictive and paranoia-inducing to the max. These are generally stories about close calls with home invaders, attempted kidnappers, and human traffickers.

A slightly less “real” version of real life horror was the type I loved as a young teen. The Friday the 13th movies were flicks my parents REALLY didn't want me to watch; that was probably their major appeal at the time.

They were never particularly scary…my brother and I were more often laughing than shivering… but I found them fascinating for some reason. “And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie was maybe the original slasher story and is still one of my favourites.
Human killers and the natural world (seen in Jaws and Cujo) have grit and, well, reality to them. Perhaps they're cautionary tales above all else…be respectful of animals, especially ones you don't know! Lock your doors!

Have you heard the Urban Legend about the killer hiding in the back seat? Good! Hopefully you always check your back seat before getting in your car. I know I do!

Monster Mash
-Vampires, Werewolves, Mummies, Frankenstein('s Monster), Zombies, Aliens and Creatures From Black Lagoons, Freddy Krueger

I had a book as a kid, a miniature Encyclopaedia called “Monsters, Ghosts and UFO's”. It was one of my most prized books. I'd read it endlessly. Moreso than the UFO part, I was interested in the ghosts and especially the MONSTERS section. I loved the idea of monsters for some reason. That affection for monsters extends FAR back into my childhood, actually…

Much as I loved them, this subsection might be the least scary to me overall. I still dig the Universal Horror series (bought ‘em all on dvd!), though they’re not really scary. I think this sort of horror can be thrilling to watch when done well, and is pretty much always metaphorical. Vampires and Zombies might represent narcissistic people who DRAIN others of their energy.

Those mythologies are there to warn us to beware of those people - and to beware of BEING those people (we all make mistakes, and all have some immaturity/narcissism to us). Remember, the truly horrific fate in a zombie movie is not dying - it's BECOMING a zombie!

That Haunting, Unchained Melody: Ghosts
-A Haunting (the series), Ghost Story, The Others, The Haunting of Hill House, The Sixth Sense, The Innkeepers

Ah, ghosts. I actually believe there's something to this, and I've had one or two experiences that really make me wonder. I don't know if there are leftover intense emotions that are hanging around, or if there's a consciousness to the spirits that some people see…

My brother believes anyone who has a “ghostly” or “poltergeist” experience has unconsciously created it themselves. That possibility is equally fascinating to think about. It could be nothing but imagination. I really don't know.

In fiction, though, I have to think that ghost stories are compelling and scary because we ALL wonder, or fear, or anticipate what will happen to us after we die. Ghost stories crack open the door to see what life after death might entail…and the stories also REMIND us of our own mortality. Maybe that's what makes them truly scary.

I may propose a Quackcast all about GHOSTS. Like Vampires, it's a big subject.

The Mouth of Madness
-demonic possession, Lovecraft, The Babadook, Pennywise the Clown, the thing in Absentia

Strangely enough, the subsection farthest away from the “Real World” stuff is the OTHER type that scares me the most. This is the most “unreal” type of horror on this list.

It doesn't scare me in a way that makes me lock my doors at night or check the backseat of the car…it's not the kind of fear that appears every day, or even every month. I don't believe in Satan, and I doubt the existence of Demons and evil dimensions that can cross over with this one.

But once in a while…
Once in a while, late at night, or maybe when sick with the flu or something, my mind goes to strange places.

I find myself shivering at the thought that there might be Otherdimensional Beings that would drive me insane if I even SAW them. Things that are so…NOT like us. The ideas and creatures in H.P. Lovecraft's stories, if anything like that exists, are safely across space, or in other realms entirely.

But what if there are times, or places, where the walls between our world and OTHER worlds become thin, and something might poke its way through?

These are beings, and place, that are terrifying because of their “Otherness”, I guess. Stephen King's short story “Crouch End” is about a couple finding themselves in such a place. The Babadook, Pennywise from the book “IT”, and the critters from John Carpenter's The Thing, and Absentia are other examples.
The Uber-example is probably Satan himself, the big guy, in The Exorcist.

In my more rational times (99 percent of the time), ideas like that don't even enter my thoughts.
But sometimes…

In the past, we've talked about how fiction is a way for people to process and understand emotions. Horror might be the most important genre for this, allowing us to work through our fears and strengthen ourselves in handling them.

I believe these stories that touch on the Unknown can allow us to deal with the feeling that the Universe is unimaginably huge, and that we're nothing but an invisible speck floating inside it.
Cheery thought, hey?

Okay, it's getting late and I'm giving myself the Creeping Damn Willies. Time to sign off.

Thanks for reading all this! What kind of horror does it for you and why? What are your favourite horror stories? Do you disagree with these divisions of mine altogether?

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Quackcast 239 - Draw your world, community edition

-Cover art by Ozoneocean
Last week Tantz Aerine and Pitface told us about how they came up with a visual look for their comic worlds. THIS week members of the community weigh in and give us THEIR perspective on their perspective… views of their comic environments. We have very interesting views from al of them! Oh, I apologise for the saucy repartee between Banes and I at the start of the Quackcast. We're very bad people.
Gunwallace's theme this week was for Trevor Mueller's Award Winning Albert The Alien! With lyrics by Gunwallace and spoken by an Alien, not Albert.

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Featured comic:
Classic Convulsions -

Draw your world thread -
‘Chekhov’s Gun' -

Contributions from:
Genejoke -
KimLuster - bravo1102 -
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tupapayon -
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Special thanks to:
Gunwallace -
Banes -
Kawaiidaigakusei -

The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
Albert The Alien - by Trevor Mueller, rated E.
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Don't forget about MILESTONES!
Lately I've been receiving very few milestones from people! This is just a quick reminder that you (yes, YOU!) can send your milestones or other comic news to myself or kawaiidaigakusei. Don't be shy, even if you feel as though you've sent us multiple milestones in the past! Part of the reason for our newsposts is to promote and celebrate comics that have been updating regularly.

I've forgotten what a milestone is, you say? Well, let me fill you in! Page milestones are generally done either in increments of 25 pages (25, 50, 75, etc.) or by chapter (you choose!). Completing a comic or hitting a multi-year anniversary also qualify as milestones!

We're also happy to feature your other comic news. Has your comic been published/printed? Are you running a kickstarter? Looking for contributors for a community project? Let us know!

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It is a rare delight when a webcomic looks like it belongs on display in an art gallery. Classic Convulsions is drawn in an abstract style and loosely coloured using ink wash techniques on watercolour paper. It is in its own category of art where the grotesque subject matter of Francisco Goya meets the line work of Aubrey Beardsley.

The story itself is left up to the viewer to decipher like a Rorschach test. Some of the scenes depict movement where a single character is repeated multiple times in various positions. Some scenes show eating; a city burning in a fiery blaze; a man being hurt and the look of anguish on his face; silhouettes of cityscapes; pain and suffering. Each page can tell a standalone story.

Explore a story that pushes the boundaries of a webcomic and enjoy Classic Convulsions by Growler Comix, rated M!
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I recently watched a concert of Ed Sheeran singing "Thinking Out Loud" when the camera panned to the person playing the piano and it turned out to be Chris Martin from Coldplay and the song finished with a duet. I sat there thinking, "Wow, that really worked." Collaborating with another comic artist to create a story is similar to musicians playing a song together. They both need teamwork, balance, and chemistry in order to be successful.

The idea of collaboration in webcomics has been discussed on the Quackcast (Episode 103, Episode 106) before with Banes and ozoneocean sharing their experience of working on their tag team comic, Bottomless Waitress. I have worked on team projects in both a school and work setting and there are a certainly levels of highs and lows when working with other people.

-an exchange of fresh ideas
-each person brings their own perspective
-work is divided, so less work (50/50 is ideal in theory)
-utilize strengths (writers work on script, artists work on design)
-the art becomes a unique fusion of two different styles

-initial conflict of not seeing eye-to-eye
-extra time needed to discuss ideas
-micromanaging, one person might want to control all aspects of the project
-one person is willing to put more effort into the final project
-unbalanced contribution (20/80 or 40/60)
-final product is trashed because it did not meet the standards of the entire team

Working in a group takes a bit more effort than working solo on a project. Sometimes, it is impossible to avoid working with other people, which reminds me of the time I was asked to design a mural for an elementary school (pictured below) that never came to fruition. The most upsetting part of that whole experience was the lack of communication between key people involved that could have saved me the ten hours of free time that I spent working on the design. I guess I am still bitter about it.

Love 'em or hate 'em. Collaborations can be really fun if done with the right person.


Episode 103 - Beginning a Collaboration, A Single Step

Episode 106 : Real World Comic Collab - Part 2



The the month of October we're doing halloween!
This Saturday we will chat about Vampires so please quickly tell us about webcomics you like with vampires!
You can also mention movies… even Twilight.
Oh, and Werewolves.You can includes those but mainly VAMPIRES in webcomics.
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I've never consciously designed characters this way, but I recently remembered hearing about this notion some time ago, on the dvd special features for an animated something-or-other.
Characters derived from basic shapes can give a very strong impression of their basic personality type. This can help the audience feel a certain way about the character before the creation does anything. In my opinion, there's something to it!


A character designed around circles has a soft, or at least likable and approachable feel. It's a good way to design a protagonist in certain settings. Examples would be our own kawaiidaigakusei's avatar, The Peanuts and South Park kids, and various manga and anime protagonists and romantic heroes and heroines.


A character designed around a square or rectangle is either a stoic, dependable hero, or tough, sturdy and strong. A powerhouse! See Superman (at least in his animated iterations), Wreck-It Ralph, The Hulk, and the Tazmanian Devil. Of course, SpongeBob Squarepants is a rectangle, but I'm not sure if his personality fits properly…


The triangle is an interesting one. This is often a scheming villain, or if not, a hero we are not entirely comfortable with. Maybe an anti-hero or a somewhat unpredictable character. Check out many Disney villains: Jafar from Aladdin, the Queen from Snow White, Batman, and Pinky from Pinky TA.

There is a visual philosophy to character design, and I think it's worth looking into. I'll research this a little more and let you know how it…shapes up?

Have a good one!

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