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Comicking, and The Month of May

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 26, 2014, 7:39 PM
I've had this nagging sore throat for about 15 hours now, not even sure where I got it. It was just a bother most of the day, but right now I can barely talk, and it feels like I attempted to swallow a whole pineapple.

Anyway, I've gotten back to traditional cartooning this week, after some considerations about my HousePetz comic. Several things needed to change, and that's why I went three weeks without touching it. So, I've determined this:

:bulletblue: The comic should be done as traditionally as possible, including speech bubbles and letters - unlike my original plan.

:bulletred: The name will change, since there are already two webcomics associated with the same name. I will simply do as some professional comic artists and writers suggest, and name the comic after the lead character. The comic will simply be called "Angus!", perhaps with a subtitle, like "...and the Power-Pets" or something of that nature.

So, I've been practising inking, and my quality so far is coming out like this:


Got some posing practise in, but I screwed up by using regular pencil when I should have used blue non-copy. If I wanted to finish this and clean it up right, I'd have to take the time to erase all the pencil and re-ink (Since the ink will fade) before I can clean it up and colour. Now, I don't think Angus here really needs much more work, but just more practise. On the other hand, there's his partner-in-crime-fighting in the story, Koshka:



I did this one the same way, actually having to erase lines and darken the ink again. I actually made this picture for a new group as well, OC-training, which is holding a 15-week character development course, starting May 30. You can only use ONE OC, so I picked Koshka, for the sake of improving her character. I'd suggest having a look at this group, for anyone who has an OC they want to improve on.

Once I feel better about inking, I plan to get to work on page 1, and set up a site for the comic on ComicFury.com. In the meantime, I'm hoping for feedback or suggestions, if anyone has some.

Thanks for reading!

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BlueSky07 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Things are looking good. :) I'm glad you found out now rather than later about the name.
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Retro-Specs Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Hey, glad you think so! Still working on their designs though.

And yes, definitely. I'm bothered a little, since I held on to the name "HousePetz" for over a decade, and I even have a certificate from the Canadian government declaring my ownership of the name, proving I had it before the other guys. However, that doesn't matter. Their comics' names are not identical, but much too similar anyway. I'd rather not associate my comic with someone else's. Even if paperwork can prove I had the name first, I'm not going to waste time defending that to people.
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BlueSky07 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Yeah, I guess it could wind up being more trouble than it's worth.
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SteeveLeeII Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Cool! I hope you have fun with the course. :)
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Retro-Specs Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
I'm sure I will - though it doesn't start in over a month...  seems like a long time to wait. Makes me wonder just how many people will get involved. There's 37 members at the moment, and over 30 days before we start.
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SteeveLeeII Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It'll be worth the wait. :nod: I do wonder how many others will sign up for it.
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Retro-Specs Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Yes indeed. I picture in the neighbourhood of 80, but one thing I notice and keep in mind: There are 37 members, 46 watchers, but only 14 OC in the gallery so far. Seems like less than half of the members actually intend to participate, thus far.
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SteeveLeeII Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Aw man. :( Well that stinks.
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