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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.
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.
April 11, 2014, 06:37:39 AM by neekaneeks
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Nameless and The Scientist is now on Preorder but you can still read it here!
Nameless and the Scientist is a story drawn from timelines imagined, of moments experienced, of lovers.
Drawn and written by the stunningly talented Amei Zhao it's a book you'll want for your collection.
February 28, 2014, 04:35:27 PM by neekaneeks
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A fantasy adventure series following the exploits of the wild young princess, Bold Riley, as she explores the world of The Coin.
This series is written by the super talented Leia Weathington and is being published by the fabulous Northwest Press.
Check it out and support if you can - or help spread the word!
December 19, 2013, 06:27:01 PM by Tigershark06
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Hello all my readers! You'll notice that I am getting more chipper the closer we get to the weekend. That would be because I have just half a day before I am on a three week winter vacation from school! No students, no planning, just AHHHH... LOL!
But on to the real reason I write this journal. I wanted to let you all know that I still have a small inventory of print novels that I can autograph and send your way if you're interested!
Gemutations: Mercenaries and Angels (1st edition - 2005): I have 2 copies remaining. $11.50** ea
"Tigershark is a mutant mercenary, contracted for a megaglomerate CEO to take care of less than legal affairs. When he's sent against an information saboteur, he comes to find that nothing he knew is what it seems."
Gemutations: Plague 4 copies remaining $12.00**
"Six years after the events of M&A, David and Angelina find themselves fighting a virus that turns those contracting it into grotesque, poorly formed copies of gemues...and it is spread as easily as the common cold. They find unlikely allies in Dr. Tom Martin and his brother Steve. Together they try to find the cause and the cure before a war erupts between the two genus of humans."
****SPECIAL PRICE***** Purchase both for $20.00**
The Only Half Saga: Redemption 7 copies left. $12.00**
After 150 years, the Earth is finally showing signs of bouncing back from the devastation wreaked by nuclear weapons. Cabal is still in search of his father, a quest that has taken him all over the remnants of the United States, Canada, and Mexico for the past century.
Clues about a vampire brood lead him to the town of Redemption. His intent is go garner information about his father and move on. Instead, he finds a distraction from the only purpose he's known.
After so many decades on the outside of human and vampire societies, Cabal never thought he would find acceptance - much less love. In Redemption he manages to find both.
The Brothers Martin: Forgotten Ties 4 Copies left $15.00**
Dr. Tom Martin faces the most challenging medical case of his career. Mira Stevenson's injuries are more than standard medicine will fix and he is forced to use experimental cybernetic techniques in order to save her life.
His plans for making the cybernetics as minimally invasive as possible continually get thwarted by the governing board - actions which lead him to believe there is a more sinister purpose to the course her recovery takes.
The whole ordeal threatens to expose secrets about Tom's past he would rather remain hidden.
PURCHASE ALL FOUR BOOKS for the low cost of $42.00**
**All prices are before shipping costs!
If you are interested in an autographed version of any of these books, or would like to order the set, please contact me on this thread or better yet, PM me!
I do accept Paypal, but I will need some information from you before I can give you the full cost including shipping.
November 18, 2013, 08:38:20 PM by neekaneeks
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Kel McDonald has organized an anthology of African folktales and currently has an kickstarter for it going on
A little information about this anthology...
This is the second in the series Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales. The first was funded two years ago with a collection of European fairytales. This time around we got some great artists and most of the funds are going to paying them for their time.
The line up includes comics by Faith Erin Hicks (Friends with Boys, Last of Us), Meredith McClaren (Hopeless Savages, Adventure Time Graphic Novel), Jarret Williams (Super Pro KO), Nina Matsumoto (Simpsons Comics), Chris Schweiser (The Crogan Adventures), Jose Pimenta (A Friendly Game), Mary Cagle (Kiwi Blitz), Shazzbaa (Runewriters), Nicole Chartrand (Feywinds), and Kate Ashwin (Widdershins)
March 19, 2012, 06:07:11 AM by Muninn | Views: 8119 | 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: 12218 | 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: 3977 | 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: 7829 | 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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