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New beginning

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Now that things are starting to settle down in the household with Zoey (our 3 month old), I am starting to think of some ways that I can start up my drawing habit again. I have a few projects that I would like to get up and running again, the most pressing being the third installment of my four issue subscription series. The break has been a good time to reflect of new directions and thoughts on my comic work. There are two new developments I am looking forward to getting started on, My composition writing book I made a decision to keep a separate book for writing, which includes both my notes and comics. I used to have a Mead composition book that I picked up in Canada on my first trip in 2001! The thing I like about these books (other than their pop culture significance) is the they have a hard card cover and the binding is sewn which make them durable. I also like anything that you know will remain consistent. If I start using these books for writing I can line them up evenl

eBook formats

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ePub ePub an open format that is supported by most eInk devices and Apple’s iBooks. However the format has been designed for text and not necessarily images. At first I was excited about this format and the fact you could create the file straight from Adobe Indesign. Although after trying it I found image support lacking, and using Indesign to create an epub with images created poor quality reproductions of those images. Good- Widely supported and known format Bad- Not created for images AZW AZW is the format for Amazon's kindle. you can find advice on this on the web. This is not an open format and can only be read on a kindle or an Apple touch device that has a Kindle app installed. There seems to be comics available in this format, however if you wish to use Amazon to list your book you will need to charge a minimum of .99c Good- Allows you to have your comic read on a Kindle and sold through Amazon Bad- Limiting format with inherent DRM, cannot offer your book for free or

Digital comics

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Over the past week I have been experimenting with putting together some packages of digital comics. I have been talking about the possibilities with digital comics ever since I saw the first iPods with little colour screens in 2005 . The problems was then and still is now that the technology changes so fast that there is no time for any culture to build up around any of it. You could format a bunch of comics for an iPad and then the next year they bring out a new iPad with different dimensions and features etc; and if not that year the next! I have been lucky enough to have borrowed a Kobo ereader and an iPad from my work, and with both I would have to say that I am not fully satisfied with the screen resolution for hi-res comics. Do not get me wrong, comics look pretty cool on an eInk screen (albeit small) and it's great swiping and zooming on comics in an iPad, but both devices seem to downsample images. After having the iPad for the week it has changed how I read things li

Star Gazing

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Tangency

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The problem of contrast and tone . One of the major concerns when drawing comics or images is that of tone and contrast. This is especially true of B&W drawings but to a lesser degree with colour. It is often referred to as ‘tangency’. When you do not have tangency, the lines that you have drawn blend into one another an become hard to decipher. The image is basically flat and hard to read.  A/ This image doesn’t give us enough information; there is no contrast or line variation. B/ This is a little better, with some added line width, but still flat C/ This example is much better, there is line width, hatching and cross hatching, and areas of black. This helps us discern where the objects are sitting.  D/ This example uses screen dots to create a grey tone that gives us contrast. Notice how I’ve placed the black differently in this picture. The picture is a little flatter than ‘C’ but still works. This method could be used for stylistic purposes. E/ In this example I have gone too

Twisted sense of humour

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Dedicated to Harvey Pekar

Rejected comic

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Rejected comic for the next Going down swinging

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