Oct 15, 2012

24h comics




24-Hour Comics Day is an event held around the world which challenges writers and artists to create a full 24-page comic in 24 consecutive hours.

This dare was introduced by Scott Mc Cloud in 1990


More information at 24hourcomicsday

Of course you can do this dare any day you want - but every year (usually in October) there are organized challenges over the World - check twitter.com/24hcdgr  

This Year 2012, it's October, 20th.

Note this dare will push you to the limit (both physically and  mentally) - after you get the topic you'll have to invent a story, write the dialogs, then draw 24 pages continuously -  and to tell the truth in the end, you will feel very shaky, delirious and probably hungry. But the feeling of having made a full 24 pages comics is overwhelming.

Some 24h comics samples :
http://www.sarahgasser.ch/index.php?/comic/24h-comic/
http://herebemongoose.blogspot.com/2010/03/happy-easter-bunnies-story.html
http://letsgetadditives.blogspot.com/2011/10/curse-of-24h-comics.html
http://24hcomicinstudiokamsterdam.blogspot.com/
http://12forever.blogspot.com/2010/03/24h-comics.html
http://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?keyWords=24-Hour%20Comics

A special mention for this guy (Alec Longstreth) - who has made it 10 times!
http://www.lulu.com/shop/alec-longstreth/24x7-a-decade-of-24-hour-comics/paperback/product-6515737.html

Impressive!

Final note it seems that the French have done better ... http://23hbd.com/

Oct 14, 2012

More comics resources

Oct 2, 2012

Webcomics little helper

Here comes more helpful links and tips for (web)comic artists 

1. list of (free) programs

Inkscape - For your layout and illustration
Gimp - For sketching, inking, coloring, and adding text (Inkscape might be better for that task).

2. list of miscellaneous helpful links for the making 


Now if you don't have drawing skills you can always fall-back to use some nice comics stock resources free.

For Office comics
Check http://www.designcomics.org/ for usage details.

The whole source files (Characters, Background scenes, etc ...) is available for download in JPG (64MB) or Adobe illustrator format (207MB) at http://www.designcomics.org/source.html

For drawing references
Check this deviantart account, where a lot of renders are available


For caricatures and public domain pictures
check openclipart.org

3. Lettering

For a good selection of comics fonts
Check www.blambot.com (it's a reference)
The website even has some nice tips for letterer


4. Hosting 

Wordpress & Comicpress - Both for your basic site setup and webcomic layout.
(A nice alternative where everything is already setup is comicspace.com)

And finally Webcomic List - Great forum, get tips, help, or have people critique your work!

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