Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Photo Issue #2, Page 14

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When I went hunting for this picture, I had clearly pictured a different bar. Went to the other bar, and unfortunately its sign was massive. The bar has a unique name, so I'd have to find a way to not show the sign, but the bar proudly announces its name to all, making it hard for me to get a picture of the bar without the sign. The only angle I could get of the bar without its sign was from an angle that not only hid the bar sign, but any semblance of it looking like a bar. I was disappointed that after 20 clicks, I found nothing usable.

On the positive side, I live in a town of many bars. While this bar's sign is visible, I know I've drank at many bars named "The Ship."

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Photo Issue #2, Page 13

With no offense intended, for me churches are creepy.  It's where I learned about sin, about judgment, and the place I namely visited for funerals. I've never been religious myself, and so church has stolen multiple friends from me because I wasn't religious enough. I don't have any real positive associations with churches, but plenty of negative ones. I could do an entire comic book with churches as the image, and I'm sure I could make it creepy through the whole thing.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Photo Issue #2, Page 12

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Whenever I go on trips, I always make sure I have my camera with me. I never know what kind of interesting things I’ll run into. I have a whole folder of “potential photos” The folder grew so much that I made sub-folders like “Buildings,” “Vehicles,” “Nature,” “WTF?” and the like. Then some of those folders needed to grow further and now I have sub-sub-folders like “Livable Buildings,” “Demolished Buildings,” “Creepy Nature” and so on so forth. I have each file named, and I have an idea of where they are. Whenever I need a specific type of building, I peruse the folders.

I’ve had many for a long time that I don’t know where they were taken. I can make some guesses what city this is from, but nothing exact. I also made sure to remove any identifying marks, such as address #s or things like that. I’d hate for someone to get harassed because of my art. I do love these buildings though. So much character.

This picture is not of an asylum or a psychiatric ward or anything like that. I’m pretty sure it’s just someone house.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Photo Issue #2, Page 11

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Writing these pages is a pain in my wrist. It requires a lot of focus, and a lot of pressure. I like how they turn out through.

I also took a picture of the pages with the similar letters circled. Unfortunately, it made both letters hard to read, and just looked cluttered. So I used the clean pages instead. Soon though, the pages will transform into something else, and I look forward to that.

In the original drawn comic book, this and the next few pages were not included. It jumped from Hones being told about the other killer, to him just talking about some similarities. I actually had an entirely separate comic written of him exploring what happens here. While I've yet to return to that full comic, this and the next couple of pages explore this previous killer.

Updating the pages

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After preparing Issue #3 and #4 for release, I realized a problem. Between when I initially released #3 and #4 and now, I made some pretty significant changes to how I was doing the photo issues. With those changes, it made reading between #1 and #2 a bit difficult. Specifically, Detective Thomas Hones' font and background changed between the two sets. I like the current font I'm using, but was displeased with the size of the white backgrounds. I've gone through every single page with Detective Hones' speech, and made adjustments. On some pages, the change is just a few pixels, and others free up a lot of space.

While this change was made to make the transition between Issue #3 and #4 easier, I hope it also helps the pages. It makes Hones' lines feel more succinct, and should allow the page to be more visible.

An example of the differences. 



Sunday, July 2, 2017

Photo Issue #2, Page 10

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My problem with using actors and taking pictures of someones face is that once I have established that "This is Agent Wu's face," I have to use that same actor every time. What happens when I need a page, but the actor isn't available? Maybe they are out of town for the week, month, year? Maybe they died? O maybe they're just dead to me because we had a falling out? Do I now awkwardly tip-toe around not taking this one specific character's face? Or do I try to establish a new face of the same character? Whatever happens, once I have a picture of someones face, they are now that character, and changing it won't be easy and it's risky. I don't want to use actors for that reason.

But shadow play on the wall? Not only will it go well with what happens in the future of this comic, it looks interesting, it can convey emotion, and I don't have to worry about re-using a face. I'm really happy with this page, and I hope my readers are, too.

But story line wise... in my drawn comic of this, what just occurred took a couple more pages, and was pretty damn clear. I understand what's going, so do my test readers... but I know what was supposed to happen, and my test readers know the story as well. How about you, internet readers, did you follow what happened over the last couple of pages with Detective White?

Photo Issue #2, Page 9

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Sometimes my pages are not photos, but stolen from the internet and edited. For this page, I simply googled "White Female News Anchor." I was overjoyed when I found an individual whose name was easily converted into Lisa Flowers. The only letter that the original photo did not give me was the letter "u" for my fake conservative news station, which I just stole from the w in news. Perfect? No, but I'm pleased with it. This is also the easiest page to find the skull in. Maybe...too easy. Hrm, I'll have to consider that.

I do not use Photoshop, but a similar program named GIMP. If you are an artist who cannot afford a full version of Photoshop, GIMP is an amazing substitute. I haven't used a full version of Photoshop in years, but when I converted over to GIMP it had many similar features and a very similar feel. It is free software made by free developers, so it won't have all the flashy support that Photoshop or other professional photo-editing software does... but you can still make beautiful work with it. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.