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The Fantasy Comic Portal is a community for and by Fantasy/SF Comic creators and readers. We aim to bring together as many people as possible who create or enjoy (mostly long-form) comics and to create a resource where people can find help and material for their own comic projects.
October 16, 2014, 04:44:05 AM by neekaneeks
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Alastair Sterling was the inventor who sparked the robot revolution, and because of his sudden death he didn't see any of it. That is, until he unexpectedly wakes up in a robot body that matches his old one exactly and finds out that 16 years have passed. Brendan Pinsky, Al's former research partner and secret lover, now runs one of the largest robot manufacturers in the country. And Brendan's dearest project, Sulla - a highly advanced robot with a mind copied from Al's - is now living as a teenage girl.
O Human Star follows the story of these three coming together as an unconventional family in a not-too-distant future.
August 03, 2014, 03:20:19 PM by Ronin356
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Here is a link to the site: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/565151297/last-words-0
It's an urban fantasy about a guy with magical tattoos.
July 28, 2014, 06:12:15 AM by neekaneeks
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Hey there. I'm Taneka Stotts, the writer for Full Circle! The artist, Christianne Goudreau, is a full-time working professional at Dark Horse Comics. In our spare time we've been toiling on a little something that we've finally released out into the wild.
Full Circle, is a story that mainly follows the journey of Elsa and Rhadi as they travel through the world of Ves. One wants to return home, while the other would rather be anywhere but.
EDIT: Note to self, never try to write in the shoutbox or type up a post at 6 in the morning XD IT WILL BE FULL OF TYPOS... carry on!
May 06, 2014, 06:22:02 PM by KelciDCrawford
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Sorry if this sounds spammy or if I put this in the wrong part of the forum, but I would love it if you would help.
I'm getting ready to print my first book for Johnson & Sir. (www.johnsonandsir.com) The thing is, I have some money saved up, but not a lot, for printing it.
The hope is that by selling some spaces for ads, you can help me get the book printed AND you get exposure of your comic/art to my readers. Win-win!
Johnson & Sir is an all-ages odd-couple cop story. It's about two elves who work at the police station in Fantasyville who keep the peace with fictional characters, rogue mustaches, and each other.
I'm printing somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 or 40 copies to sell at Phoenix Comicon next month. Any copies I don't sell there I'll save for other cons and selling online via my storenvy store.
I'm willing to negotiate ad prices because I've not sold ad spaces in my books before.
I'm selling one full-page ad, two half-page ads, and four quarter page ads. The full-page ad is $40, the half-page ads are $20 each, and the quarter page ads are $10 each.
If you can help, please let me know either here or by emailing me at email@example.com
Thank you so much!
April 16, 2014, 12:23:47 PM by Muninn
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So, here's the shortlist of nominees for Best Online Comic
-As the Crow Flies, by Melanie Gillman, www.melaniegillman.com
-Failing Sky, by Dax Tran-Caffee, failingsky.com
-High Crimes, by Christopher Sebela and Ibrahim Moustafa (Monkeybrain), www.monkeybraincomics.com/titles/high-crimes/
-The Last Mechanical Monster, by Brian Fies, lastmechanicalmonster.blogspot.com
-The Oatmeal by Matthew Inman, theoatmeal.com
And eh yeah, I have to agree with io9 on this. It would have been nice to see a little more love for actual webcomics in these sort of things. I know that if we don't involve ourselves, we're probably automatically excluding ourselves. Since it's the creators who nominate other creators. But I don't think webcomikers feel very welcome/encouraged to vote. It might just be me though.
March 19, 2012, 06:07:11 AM by Muninn | Views: 11646 | Comments: 59
* Elaborate manga analysis (various subects): http://telophase.livejournal.com/113219.html
* Der-shing Helmer's tutorials (faces, colouring, poses and more): http://alexds1.deviantart.com/gallery/1604172
* comic tools (collection of comic related resources): http://comictool.blogspot.de/
* Planning a comic page: http://mcduffies.comicgenesis.com/tutorpage.html
* Some handy tips on comic-making: http://bigbigtruck.tumblr.com/post/20923650469/chipperwhale-some-things-ive-taught-myself
*The visual linguistics of a comic book page: http://ucresearch.tumblr.com/post/52827769865/the-visual-linguistics-of-a-comic-book-page *NEW*
* Expressions tutorial By Tracy J Butler (Lackadaisy) http://tracyjb.deviantart.com/art/Lackadaisy-Expressions-193978013
* Elaborate Perspective guide http://emeraldwinter.deviantart.com/favourites/?offset=288#/d1yamid
* Drawing trees (with variety) http://emeraldwinter.deviantart.com/favourites/?offset=48#/d4cshdg
* Anthro tutorial (also covers anatomy and various drawing techniques) http://hippie.nu/~unicorn/tut/xhtml/
* Art tutorial (description of various drawing phases/techniques and some technical tips): http://einlee.net/tutorial.html
* Art survival kit (for the days you feel like throwing your work/pc/... out of the window): http://www.kerismith.com/popular-posts/the-artists-survival-kit/
* The Schweizer Guide to Spotting Tangents (http://curiousoldlibrary.blogspot.ca/2011/10/schweizer-guide-to-spotting-tangents.html)
* athletic body diversity reference http://ninamatsumoto.wordpress.com/2010/12/18/athletic-body-diversity-reference-for-artists/
* Basic Male anatomy sheet: http://emeraldwinter.deviantart.com/favourites/?offset=288#/dqlan1
* Basic female anatomy sheet: http://snigom.deviantart.com/art/Female-Anatomy-Patterns-43675502502
* How to draw Foreshortened hands http://www.2d-digital-art-guide.com/drawing-foreshortened-hands.html
* Draw a head in all angles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EPNYWeEf1U
DRAWING (motion/poses/expressions reference):Note: Some of these links are NSFW
* figure drawing tool: http://www.pixelovely.com/gesture/figuredrawing.php
* Awesome Reference of people and animals in motion: http://www.referencereference.com/index.html
* Pose maniacs: http://www.posemaniacs.com/
* Bodies in motion: http://www.scott-eaton.com/category/bodies-in-motion
* Love castle, rotating reference images:http://www.lovecastle.org/draw/
* Grimage project, expression tool- it lets you blend the 6 basic emotions with sliders: http://grimace-project.net/
* How to watercolor: http://emeraldwinter.deviantart.com/favourites/?offset=72#/d1iwl9j
* Digital speedpainting: http://www.deviantart.com/#/d4ud60c
* Drawing skintones: http://navate.deviantart.com/art/SKIN-a-tutorial-Part-2-145159387
* How to: Two point perspective: http://mvmarcz.tumblr.com/post/21516180536/verticalvest-schmemy-smalllindsay
* Fire Alpaca Perspective tools tutorial:http://blue-ten.tumblr.com/post/51180932697/arcticfox48-asked-you-did-a-piece-on-fire-alpaca *NEW*
* Bpelt Multifill/flattening PS plug-in http://www.bpelt.com/psplugins/flatting.html
Cool plugin for super fast creation of selectable area's for your flat colors.
Note: This plugin is only helpful for people with clean inking styles.
* Colorscheme designer: http://colorschemedesigner.com/
Interactive color wheel with tools to select various color contrasts.
* PS colorwheel plugin http://nerdchallenge.com/lenwhite/LenWhite.com/LenWhite.com/LenWhite.com.html
free plugin that gives you a different (more elaborate) color select window.
* Blambot lettering guide: http://blambot.com/grammar.shtml
* Blambut guide on handlettering: http://blambot.com/handlettering.shtml
* Ron's guide to dynamic text: http://augest.deviantart.com/gallery/24665756#/d2kjpuw
* A collection of various lettering resources http://www.makingcomics.com/category/creative/lettering/
* Written sounds: http://www.writtensound.com/index.php
* 5 amateur lettering mistakes: http://twitpic.com/9u6nut
* 5 more mistakes: http://twitpic.com/9u6om4
* My script font: http://www.myscriptfont.com/
Make a vector font of your own handwriting
* Blambot: http://www.blambot.com/
Online comic font collection, both lettering and sound effects. Also has some interesting resources about lettering.
price: most fonts are free or affordable.
* Press Gang studio http://pressgang-studios.com/
Online comic font collection, both lettering and sound effects.
price: plenty of free fonts.
* Type DNA: http://www.typedna.com/
A visual font manager. Allows you to browse all your fonts infinitely easier than trough the normal Photoshop window for instance. You can also group fonts into convinient categories, and it has a Photoshop plug in.
price: Free (or 49 dollar if you want the add free version, although the add in the free version is tiny)
PAGE PLANNING / FRAMES / PANELS
* Advanced Layouts; paneling outside the box: http://dresdencodak.tumblr.com/post/841119890/advanced-layouts-paneling-outside-the-box
* Paneling layout and pacing in manga and comics: http://lilrivkah.livejournal.com/168859.html
* Making tones in Photoshop http://emeraldwinter.deviantart.com/favourites/?offset=336#/d8388a
* pack with 25 screentones http://emeraldwinter.deviantart.com/favourites/?offset=336#/d717py
World building / Cartography
* Funny insights on naming your locations: http://www.kalimedia.com/Atlas_of_True_Names.html
* A neat (photoshop) trick to create nice jagged coastal lines/ borders: http://calthyechild.deviantart.com/art/Fantasy-Map-TutorialxResources-258559867
MONETIZATION & CROWDFUNDING
* Insights/stats success-rate of Kickstarter http://www.appsblogger.com/kickstarter-infographic/
KNOWLEDGABLE FOLKS (with useful blogs or websites):
* Freddie E Williams http://www.freddieart.com/
USA comic artist (your typical super hero stuff), he does have a lot of cool resources on his website like a perspective path and the official US comic sized tablet file and some other stuff you can download for free. He also posts a lot of tutorials on his youtube channel.
* Scott McCloud http://scottmccloud.com/
Comic guru! Doesn't need any further explanation.
* Google Sketchup http://sketchup.google.com/
Easy to learn easy to use 3d software. (Super useful for building your set-locations) There's also a lot of resources on how to use it+lots of free models that you can download for reference.
* Daz 3D http://www.daz3d.com/
handy to use the bases as artist model reference for those poses/angles that just refuse to come together.
price: the basic package is free (atm) although some models aren't.
* Dropbox https://www.dropbox.com
Dropbox allows you to create a folder that will sync all it's content with their storage online. You can access your files from every pc or (mobile device), you'll never have to worry about loosing your valuable source files to hard drive failure, and you can create shared and or public sub folders (ideal if you work with a team) DB also tracks versions so if you ever screw something up, you can go back to a previous version without any hassle. All data is safely encrypted btw.
price: 2 gig storage is free which you can extend upto 8 gig with a little bit of effort (referrals)
* Wacom tool http://www.lab.envirex.cz/?page_id=3
Alows you to customize the pressure curve of your wacom tablet.
* Recovery tool for corrupt PSD/PSB files: http://www.telegraphics.com.au/psdparse-online/
note: I haven't tested it myself (use at own risk).
I thought it might be helpful to group these in an insightful/accessible way. If you know of any resources or categories that should be on this list, please do share them and I'll edit them in. Also, if you find a broken link, let me know.
March 02, 2012, 09:46:33 AM by T III | Views: 16710 | Comments: 118
Your first convention can be a daunting thing, and we all make silly mistakes whether we're new to the scene or battle scarred veterans.
The point is that as a community we must learn from each other and always experiment in order to improve our own knowledge and abilities. I'd like to begin this guide by mentioning that this all comes from my experience at UK conventions, these are things that work for me and may not always work for everyone else. But, some of these ideas will be universal, please don't feel that you need to stick to them 100%, deviate from them and find what works best for you.
General things to consider when packing for an event:
Merchandise and pricing:
A lot of us fall down on this point - artists are normally very modest people, and we seem to all have trouble pricing our own work. Once you've done a few events you'll begin to work this out. But there are general points that you should always keep in mind whilst deciding on prices;
Layout of your table set up is very important. It is a key part of a) getting people to come to your table b) getting them to buy something.
Behaviour and community:
Well that's everything that I could think of at the moment. Feel free to add anything that you've picked up at events below, or ask questions etc. if there's anything more specific you'd like to know.
--- UPDATE ---
I'm putting together an online resource for creators and exhibitors, to help pass along tips, advice and inspiration to convention going artists both new to the con scene and those battle scarred veterans. If you're interested feel free to submit guides, articles, tales of conventions past, or photos.
February 13, 2012, 09:16:32 PM by CMorgan | Views: 5818 | Comments: 15
Besides all the millions of blogs, books, and tutorials out there , there is one resource that has helped me a lot when starting a webcomic, "Podcasts". I like them because it is something I can listen to while at the office, on the train, or at home working on my own comic ^__^ I find they keep me motivated and connected to the webcomic community.
So I wanted to collect a list of podcast episodes on this thread that are relevant to long format/and or fantasy comics (this includes interviews of fellow fantasy creators) so please recommended!
PaperWings Podcast (and blog)
Lorra Innes (creator of The Dreamer) and Chris Oately (Disney Character Designer)
This is the only podcast i know run by professionals (and features a host who has a long format comic), good advice on story writing and the business side of comics.
Interview of Lora Innes of The Dreamer
How to make money from your comic part 1
How to make Money from your comic part 2
How to Write Engaging Comics
(huge archive related to webcomic creation and interviews- but much of it is strip comic focus)
Reccomended List for New Listeners:
They Have a weekly newscast that covers news in both digital and print comic industry
There are over 200 episodes that I haven't sorted through yet for fantasy creators interviews, im sure some are buried in there
Webcomic Alliance (podcast and articles)
This podcast has a roundtable of comic artists that discuss problems and challenges they face when creating and promoting comics. Interesting and sometimes insightful but sadly all the perspectives are from strip comic creators.
TGT (Two Guys Talking)
A huge archive of Interviews with webcomic creators, I think these guys have talked to almost everybody on the internet by this point.
I haven't had a chance to listen to all their shows yet so if something stands out I can link it here.
Haven't had a chance to hit their archives yet (webcomic reviews)
Im sure there will be creators in this community who have done interviews on podcasts, so please don't be shy, we can make a list here for us all to listen and learn ^__^
Webcomics Weekly http://ww.libsyn.com/
Hosted by Scott Kurtz of PVP (focus on strip/humor comics but very entertaining and sometimes controversial)
List O' Interviews of FCP members)
Jules Rivera-On TGT Media
Fera- Here and On TGT Media
February 05, 2012, 12:33:02 AM by Mithandir | Views: 10613 | Comments: 29
I made this forum and this post after the fantasy webcomic roundtable at WebREEF this weekend, which inspired me to try and create a community for fantasy webcomic creators. I've had this domain (fantasycomicportal.com) for years, but never did anything with it because I lacked the time to do what I wanted. I figured it would make a good place for this project though.
First, though, I want to know YOUR opinions (and by YOU I mean mainly fantasy webcomic creators). What would you like to have here, what are your ideas, suggestions and wishes?
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