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Reflecting on a Year of Making Comics

How it’s been going and my aspirations for the next year, plus a collection of my art from the first year

I started making comics seriously a year ago in September 2017. It was an intentional change from exploring the world of filmmaking with the hopes of being able to tell visual stories entirely on my own. I can’t believe that a year has flown by. I’ve been enjoying the process of making comics and growing as an artist. It’s been slow going at times but ultimately rewarding.

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A Few Thoughts on Shintaro Kago’s “Dementia 21”

I was picking up a book I had on hold at the library and a manga on display caught my eye. Dementia 21. What a strange name. The bright yellow letters really stood out. I decided to check it out and give it a shot.

Wow, am I glad I did. It’s the best comic I’ve read this year.

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Launching Lunar Space Colony

My new comic launches today, with a new episode releasing every Tuesday

Today’s the day that I launch Lunar Space Colony, my weekly sci-fi webcomic. The first three episodes are available to read today, and I’ll be releasing a new episode every Tuesday.

The story is about Bri, a young engineer who leaves Earth to work aboard a massive self-sustaining colony that orbits the Moon.

It’s my take science fiction and slice of life.

Read Lunar Space Colony

You can also read Lunar Space Colony on Tapas and WEBTOON, both of which have dedicated phone apps.

I can’t believe it’s already July and that LSC is launching. I’ve been working on it every day for the last few months, and I’m going to do my best to stay ahead and hit the weekly release schedule. I hope you enjoy the comic and stay tuned for where the story goes.

From Thumbnail to Ink to Color

A peek at my process for iterating on a comic panel

When making the art for a comic, I do a rough sketch, letter the text and sound effects, ink over the rough sketch, and then add Color.

Here’s what a panel from Lunar Space Colony looks like in the rough thumbnail stage:

LSC Panel Thumbnail - Rough - Fran's Couch

And then after inking:

LSC Panel Inked - Fran's Couch

I’ve tried skipping the rough sketch to see if I could speed up my process, but then I end up lost when trying to figure out what goes where at the inking stage.

Once the inking is done, I go in and add color:

LSC Panel Color - Fran's Couch

Lunar Space Colony has a pretty limited color palette since I’m still learning color and need to work relatively quickly with the weekly deadline.

That’s the evolution of a panel from sketch to ink to color. I’m sure that evolution will only get better and better as I improve as an artist.

I’m going to start publishing Lunar Space Colony in only a few days! On Tuesday, July 3rd, I’ll publish the first three episodes and then publish a new episode every Tuesday after. I’ve hit my stride with the project and am enjoying working on it. I’m excited to share it publicly soon! 🙂

Lavender, My First 24-Hour Comic

My experiences and the outcome of attempting to make 24 pages of comics in 24 hours

On Friday and Saturday I participated in my first 24-Hour Comic Challenge where I made 24 pages of comics in 24 hours. It was a heck of a challenge, and I’m happy to share that I successfully completed it!

I documented my experiences in the video above.

The result of the challenge is an action fantasy comic called Lavender, which can be read free online.

Read Lavender (just a heads up, there’s some violence)

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Lunar Space Colony Launch Date and Preview

How I’m going to publish the project and a sneak peek at the first episode.

I’ve been steadily working away at my next project, Lunar Space Colony. It’s a slice-of-life sci-fi story about a woman named Bri who leaves Earth to work on the colony. It’s a longer story that I’m going to serialize weekly online. My plan is to launch the first few episodes on July 3rd and then release a new episode every Tuesday after.

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Going to do my first 24-Hour Comic Challenge on June 22 & 23

I’ve been wanting to do a 24-Hour Comic Challenge for a bit now, and I’ve got the date all set. I’m going to try to make 24 pages of comics over 24 hours on June 22 and June 23.

It should be a great way to push myself to work faster and hopefully learn a lot.

I’m not doing it on the international day in October because I want to take on the challenge sooner, and I’m also not going to go for 24 consecutive hours. I’m planning on taking 8 hours to sleep. I’m not into staying up all night, and skipping a night of sleep will really throw off my life balance.

My employer, Big Cartel, has an Arts & Service Hours program where we can use some time to work on personal projects, volunteer, or learn new skills. I’m using some of my hours to take on this challenge.

I’ve got a little over a month to prepare. I’m feeling a little nervous, but also really excited.

Details on the original challenge from Scott McCloud.