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What Do You Use to Make a Comic?
Gillespie at 9:41AM, March 6, 2009
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For those who post comics, what gear do you use? programs?
Me, I use a Bamboo Fun tablet for drawing with, Flash for drawing stuff, and Photoshop Elements 5 to color in my comics, and I publish in .PNG

What about you?
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MetalLuigi at 9:51AM, March 6, 2009
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I use GIMP and a plain ol' mouse. It's the best combination for a guy with no money like me. Well, it may not be the best per se but it's all I've known for two years, lol.

The mouse is bearable only because I just outline pictures that I scan in. Free drawing with the mouse is more difficult, but do-able with a steady hand.
My two comics: Bob the Alien and Tom the Turkey
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krisikas at 10:08AM, March 6, 2009
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GIMP, pencils, tablet…
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kyupol at 10:43AM, March 6, 2009
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mechanical pencil, pilot fineliner (or any available inking pen), piece of paper, computer, scanner, adobe photoshop cs

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sagittarius at 12:02PM, March 6, 2009
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Pencils (mostly Mongol that we still have and mechanical pencils)
Unipen 0.1-1.0 (so as the Copic Fineliner A-2 Set)
Faber Castell Shades of Gray
Photoshop CS2 (for texts, resizing and toning)
Prismacolor Premiere Color Pencils
Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens
Inkjet Paper
Lexmark 1200 Series (old scanner)
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Aurora Borealis at 12:14PM, March 6, 2009
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- Cheap automatic pencils (the “a pack of ten, each one with three leads inside” kind of… mostly soft, but there's a harder one form time to time).

- Cheap gel pens. they're like normal pens, but the gel added at the end of the pen pushes down the ink, so it flows nicer. And since they use the same ink that normal black pens do, it doesn't fade (compared to sharpies, my 5 year old sharpie drawings turned purple and blue and pink at this point).

- printer paper in A4 format. 500 sheets or so waiting unused, I'm still going through the previous pack (got it down to about 100 or so).

- automatic/mechanical eraser. Kind of like automatic pencils, but it holds an eraser that's roughly the thickness and lenght of a skinny finger. best part, it doesn't smudge nor does it break in your hands from rubbing the paper too hard :P

- a 12 inch ruler. hooray for someone putting both cm and inch on that thing.

- ancient Mustek 600 CU scanner. From 1997 or something like that. Doesn't even have win98 drivers and it runs off win2k drivers using some fancy driver installer. Noisy, slow and blurs anything that doesn't lie perfectly flat on the scanner, also not that great for color, but it's good enough for lineart.

- Wacom Volito2. Sort of like a Bamboo I guess, but I wouldn't know as I never used a Bamboo. One pen, no mouse, looks like a “crippled” intuos (same case but no programmable buttons and much smaller of course). Comes with Art Rage (and so much for software). Basic pressure sensitivity and not the greatest resolution but it's good enough for coloring.

- Photoshop 7. Ancient, I know. Can't afford anything newer and don't think I want to, as this works well enough. Especially considering my old pc.

- Old pc. Sempron 2200+ (which is 1.5ghz), 512mb memory, old Geforce FX 5200 128mb card (but with a malfunctioning fan so I avoid 3d).


I plan to branch out and do both digest sized b&w books (drawn as I did so far) but also larger format color books (usually of a “oneshot” nature) so I'm hoping to buy a drawing desk and an A3 scanner. Going to grab better paper too.

(and this concludes my essay, haha)
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Nergal at 12:44PM, March 6, 2009
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For Galaxy Wars, Present Day, One Shot, and L2LF I use mechanical pencils, then generic inking pens, and Photoshop to color or tone and finish.

For Hit or Miss, Tick Tock, Monster Tree, Miss Match Maker and Sotar I use Painter to draw and color and Photoshop for text.

And for Evil Snowman, Jester to the Rescue and Straight to Pen I use a ballpoint pen, looseleaf and Photoshop for text.

I'm still trying to find the perfect process.

I also use the first Wacom tablet ever created. All the ones I bought after it broke. I think he's sabotaging it up.
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Hyena H_ll at 4:01PM, March 6, 2009
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11 x 14" Smooth-tooth paper.
#2 pencil.
Arsenal of microns.
Photoshop for basic clean-up contrast tweaking.
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Chernobog at 9:33PM, March 6, 2009
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Nothing fancy here.

Adobe Photoshop Elements
2 Precise Rolling Ball pens, a V5 and V7 (basically fine and extra fine)
copier paper
a long obsolete scanner from the 90's
Various fonts gathered from
“You tell yourself to just
enjoy the process,” he added. “That whether you succeed or fail, win or
lose, it will be fine. You pretend to be Zen. You adopt detachment, and
ironic humor, while secretly praying for a miracle.”
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BffSatan at 11:19PM, March 6, 2009
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For my main comic, BffSatan, I use flash and a wacom tablet. My second comic, which I have only started recently and so far has only one page (but I have another one I havent scanned yet) is hand drawn and scanned.
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acadia at 1:43AM, March 7, 2009
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Custard Trout at 5:44AM, March 7, 2009
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At the moment I'm trying to use Flash and Maya. It's taking so long to actually get it started because Maya is about as user friendly and intuitive as a . . . user unfriendly and unintuitive thing and Flash is just generally a pain in the arse. I tried switching over to Mudbox but my processor isn't not crap enough and I can't afford to replace it right now.

I was going to make it all out of plasticene at first, but it was to expensive, and I haven't got the space or the time.
Hey buddy, you should be a Russian Cosmonaut, and here's why.
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Ryuthehedgewolf at 8:51AM, March 7, 2009
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I'm all traditional (well, besides the scanning, and putting text in with photoshop, and darkening the inks…)

Pentel Twist-Erase Mechanical Pencil (.05 lead)
Pentel Clik Eraser
Staedtler Mars Plastic Eraser

Pentel Pocket Brush Pen
Fine and Ultra Fine Sharpies
Microns (Mostly just .005 and .08)

Copic Markers (C1, C3, C5, and C7)
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FinleySharpe at 9:22AM, March 7, 2009
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My pages usually start out being scribbled onto notebook paper, usually in one of the twenty that I have lying around in a disorganized manner.

They get transferred to my computer via tablet (Vis Tablet) when I can find the notebook and get my ideas organized.

Then I open OpenCanvas and scribble out a page layout and rough drawings and start building on that.

Once I'm finished with the drawing (which, depending on how self conscious I'm feeling, can take about four or five attempts because I tend to scrap a lot of them) I take it into Photoshop to add text.

Then voila! A messy drawing!
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JustNoPoint at 3:19PM, March 7, 2009
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I watched him use it at the 2007 WW in TX ^_^

I use paper/mechanical pencil for the scripts/drafts.

Cintiq 21UX tablet
Manga Studio EX 4 for my sketches, inks, and text
Photoshop CS2 for coloring
About 1 gallon of milk a day!
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Speck at 3:45PM, March 7, 2009
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I write my script, page-by-page, panel-by-panel before I do anything else. Then I draw some thumbnails in my sketchbook… Only then do I bring it over to a 9“x12” piece of smooth Bristol board.

Prismacolor Copy-Not, Non-Photo Blue pencils
Uni-ball Color pencil lead, 0.5 soft blue
Pentel Clik eraser

Faber-Castell PITT pens (usually F and S)
Winsor & Newton Series 7 brush, size 2
Winsor & Newton black india ink, waterproof
Rapid-o-Graph white ink, waterproof

Color and Lettering:
Photoshop CS
Wacom Grapphire 2 tablet
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Herr Direktor at 6:20PM, March 8, 2009
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For me it's a strange mix of old-fashioned and modern:

-cheap printer paper
-whatever pencils I can get my hands on to sketch
-medium point gel pen to sketch some more (pre-ink)
-Illustrator to ink
-photoshop to color/shade/fill

Once I learn how to draw, I'll really have something.

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Rickswan at 3:31PM, March 9, 2009
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Photoshop CS4 with a Wacom tablet, or just a pencil. I can use Flash pretty well too.
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CharleyHorse at 5:59PM, March 9, 2009
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When I'm working on a strip or a comic I keep things really basic. The rough-out work is done on yellow legal tablets. I usually fill one about half way up before I begin transferring the rough-outs to 110lbs card stock .

I used to use fancy artist's pencils but nowadays just go with cheap mechanical pencils bought by the package full at 7mm thickness. I usually use a light table to transfer the rough-outs to the card stock. After that I ink the card stock using primarily my Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. When I use a straight edge it's a simple plastic ruler.

I scan the inked art work into my GIMP program and then make minor corrections and add dialogue and balloons as necessary. If I'm going to color the stuff then I use GIMP for that as well.

I think that the next time I produce a strip or a comic, however, I won't color the work. The coloring process just adds too many extra hours to the work load and I flat run out of time and then interest in the project when I find that I have to keep skipping updates.

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Shadow99 at 4:09PM, March 12, 2009
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If You want to have a good comic then you have to have a comic with a story with it


people can understand and make a TV in there mind what

it is..
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zaymac at 10:30AM, March 13, 2009
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11“x14” Vellum Bristol Board

Some ratty old pencil I've had for years. I can't find anything else that I'm comfortable with. Unfortunately it's down to a nub. :(

Some Micron Pens, mainly 03 Thickness.


For coloring and text bubbles.

Photoshop CS2

And a Wacom Bamboo fun tablet. (Which I have been using more and more to do complete pages in Photoshop).

And a dose of humor.

It's a Grizzly Bear battling Zombies. Do you need to know more?
DOLLAR STORE HAIRCUTA daily webcomic of unfunny.
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Jabali at 4:48PM, March 13, 2009
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1-Pencil, brush and micron pigmas on bristol.

2-Every once and then I use pencil on vellum paper to do the tones.

3-Scan (Canon Scan Lide 200)

4-Colors and additional tones on Photoshop CS3 and Bamboo Wacom.

5-Sound Fx, Speech bubbles and Lettering on Freehand MX and back to photoshop for flattening.

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Pineapple at 4:24AM, March 14, 2009
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Cheap computer paper, some sort of lead pencil, a free flowing black pen, like gel pen and kiddy coloured pencils. I scan it in and load it straight up. Not good with anything technical.
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cool guy at 6:46AM, March 14, 2009
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Normal Pencils, Normal Pens, Normal colors, Normal paper(It's better to use Bristol Board)and I scan it and edit on MSPaint
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NickGuy at 2:35PM, March 16, 2009
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Non-repro blue pencil. followed by a pilot precive v7 rolling ball pen, in fine and extra fine points.

right now i use traditional methods, but im planning to go digital once my tablet PC comes in the mail, however. I wont change to digital for KFK but the next webcomic i have planned will be.

“Kung Fu Komix IS…hardcore martial art action all the way. 8/10” -Harkovast
“Kung Fu Komix is that rare comic that is made with heart and love of the medium, and it delivers” -Zenstrive
“Kung Fu Komix is…so awesome” -threeeyeswurm
“Kung Fu Komix is..told with all the stupid exuberance of the genre it parodies” -The Real Macabre
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mike_mcpeeper at 9:01PM, March 16, 2009
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1-Rolling ball pen majigger.
1-piece of standard printing computer paper
about 5-Crayola colored pencils
1-cyanide capsule in case I get in over my head…

I know. It's all so high-tech!
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mattchee at 9:36AM, March 17, 2009
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Non-repro blue pencil. followed by a pilot precive v7 rolling ball pen, in fine and extra fine points.

I used to be so addicted to those pilot pens! I mean… for like a good chunk of my life, probably, I had at least 2 of those in my pocket at all times.



Aside from thumbnail layouts which are done on copy paper with a #2…

Current Setup -

Wacom “penabled” (love the puns) TabletPC
Manga Studio 4 Debut
Photoshop CS (mostly just for processing files at this point)

I started in with Manga Studio on chapter 4. Chapter 3 was the first with my tabletPC (drawn in PS), before that I was using a Wacom Graphire4 and an Apple G4 desktop with Photoshop CS.

There. Its out. I use Manga Studio. And I love it!
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Pandafilando at 11:19PM, March 23, 2009
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i use

.5 Mechanical pencil for the sketches
sakura micron pens numer 0.5 and 0.2 most of the times for the inkwork
Adobe Photoshop 7.0, Paint tool SAI and The Gimp for the coloring and editing

and also lots and lots of headaches.
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repoman at 1:50PM, March 24, 2009
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My main tools are a Wacom Cintiq and Manga Studio EX for most of my stuff.

I use Photoshop sometimes for scaling and color.

And I do all my storyboard breakdowns and thumb layouts on cheap typing paper. I miss working with traditional media so breaking down page layouts on paper gets me up from the computer and working with my hands.
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tiffawolf at 6:49AM, March 25, 2009
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i draw all my comics out in led pencil first, then after i got a wacom pad i began to start cell shading and using line art to spiff up my work in photoshop.never thought ide be so addicted to a pc now that i got the wacom
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