Advice on Starting a Webcomic

somethingkumandkum asked: Do you have any advice for someone wanting to start a webcomic?

uh-oh you guys somebody made the mistake of asking me about comics, prepare for a gigantic essay… Please don’t feel pressured to read this whole thing, I totally lose my head when it comes to talking about making comics!

TL;DR: 

  • You won’t get rich, you can’t please everybody, so it had better be a labor of love. 
  • Set an update schedule and stick to it. Finish a good chunk of pages before going public, so new visitors to the comic’s “grand opening” can get hooked.
  • Publishing a webcomic is like performing live; you can’t let “stage fright” stop you. Stop “planning” and start publishing!
  • Lots of links to the software that makes BFF work on the technical side at the end. And books I’d recommend reading!

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Where do you find inspiration for your comic(s)?

p.s. I love you *__*

HEY ANON I’m sorry this reply is so late, but I’ve been scatterbrained! Anyways first of all, cute/sweet anonymous messages like this really make my day, so thank you for sending it!

A little while ago I wrote a post about developing style, and the links to the artists that influence me can definitely also be thought of as my inspirations!

For the situations in the comic, my girlfriend gorockets inspires me a bunch, she’s so good at coming up with the funniest ideas and turning everyday situations into comic material.

I also find inspiration in things I see people doing during the day (especially at school/during class, since my characters are mostly students) + stuff that fans say & suggest! Believe it or not, you guys influence the way the story goes a lot! I have the basics written out, but the filling between the major plot points is really open for change, and sometimes I’ll go based on a random suggestion (or even a joke!) 

Asked on Tuesday 16 August by Anonymous with 6 notes. Tagged with process, asks, .

Style & Influences

Making this a text post so I can do a “read more”! Fun links at the end.

Answering:

Anonymous asked: How did you develop your style? Influences or just a matter time after practicing? P.S. i really enjoy your art, you are one of my favorite artists right now :)

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Posted on Friday 22 July with 50 notes.

fashion reference

little-eggie asked: Do you ever use references for the clothes you draw your characters in?

aelnova asked: Where do you find those glorious fashion pieces Teddy wears? Do you create them yourself?

So I held off on answering eggie’s question forever because it is a BIG ANSWER. BUT I’M GOING TO DO IT RIGHT NOW.

Okay first of all, for the outfits that actually appear in the comic, I try really hard to make them up from scratch. I don’t feel right about using someone else’s styling or design in something I want to make a book out of and sell eventually (unless they were cool with it or asked me to… so if any stylists out there want to hit me up…)

BUT I do need to look at a lot of references for basic ideas and also for sketches and stuff posted on this tumblr (I just see that as fan art…) and I use a ton of references. Here we go:

Lookbook: lookbook is my lifesaver when it comes to looking for certain outfits, especially since you can filter by gender (wow that sounds awful but… it’s just nice to look at just men’s fashion when most of my characters are boys!) Obviously though, it’s a big site, and here are some of my random favorites:

Little Fashionisto (♥!), Bernard PDenny Wenny, Curtis Yu, Nigel Lew, Vardaan Arora, Iceberg Yong

Noir-Facade: a really comprehensive collection of professional fashion photo shoots, from all the big magazines! 

Style.com: archives of all the new major runway shows, and those from a couple years back. Incidentally, the site I use to stay up-to-date with trends.

Harper’s Bazaar: The only fashion magazine I really read (yeah, I get it in print) they have a lot of great pages of their picks by trend, age group, and other categories; I just really like it.

Various Style/Fashion/Clothing-related Tumblrs: I Rock Boy’s Clothing,  Grazing Fashion (♥!), Lookbook Guys, Draw This Dress, Men in this TownKorean FashionMoon Age Fashion, Postmann, Guys With Glasses, Hijabi Street Style

Posted on Sunday 5 June with 127 notes.
new banner + edited my theme slightly !!
I’m taking a short break from working on the pages, I’ve rewritten chapter 7 like 5+ times and I’m still not happy with it! I’m seriously scared of doing any slightly serious/emotional stuff in this comic, I always feel like it’s stupid…

new banner + edited my theme slightly !!

I’m taking a short break from working on the pages, I’ve rewritten chapter 7 like 5+ times and I’m still not happy with it! I’m seriously scared of doing any slightly serious/emotional stuff in this comic, I always feel like it’s stupid…

survey results + messages

From 154 responses:

1. Book including chapters not yet released online: 98
2. Keychains/charms: 88
3. Book of comic chapters posted online: 87
4. Stickers: 73
5. Art or sketch book (not comics): 71
6. Bookmarks: 67
7. Posters: 50
8. Postcards: 35

I also got a lot of good suggestions in the other/comments sections: buttons (why didn’t I think of that!?) shirts, mousepads, BFF: the drama cd (I wish!), plushies/figures (I WISH!), pornography anthology (HAHA WHO SAID THIS I LOVE YOU still laughing about it)

Thank you everybody who filled out this survey! I honestly thought I’d get like 40 responses at most so it really made me happy to get so many. Definitely expect to see some of this stuff in the future!

more thoughts on this + askbox messages from tokimekiwaku, anonymous (about fonts!), and shirilee under the cut:

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Posted on Friday 22 April with 5 notes.
FULLVIEW UP IN HERE
okay sorry for spamming you guys with old crap but looking at LOF got me wondering what something like this would look like and
I SERIOUSLY CAN NOT STOP LAUGHING I DONT EVEN KNOW WHAT I’M LAUGHING AT, JUST WHAT IS THIS EVEN MY STYLE IS SO BIPOLAR I think my favorite is August 2010 (FASHION POLICE best comic never started)
was this really just 4 years… !?

FULLVIEW UP IN HERE

okay sorry for spamming you guys with old crap but looking at LOF got me wondering what something like this would look like and

I SERIOUSLY CAN NOT STOP LAUGHING I DONT EVEN KNOW WHAT I’M LAUGHING AT, JUST WHAT IS THIS EVEN MY STYLE IS SO BIPOLAR I think my favorite is August 2010 (FASHION POLICE best comic never started)

was this really just 4 years… !?

Posted on Monday 4 April with 25 notes.
 kaymurph replied to your photo:playing around with SAI brush settings between…
what brush is this?!?! this looks so nice ahhhhh

HERE ARE THE DEETS, BRO I know right I’ve been looking for a brush/effect like this forever and then it just happens randomly!? 

 kaymurph replied to your photo:playing around with SAI brush settings between…

what brush is this?!?! this looks so nice ahhhhh

HERE ARE THE DEETS, BRO I know right I’ve been looking for a brush/effect like this forever and then it just happens randomly!? 

I don’t know if anybody cares about this kind of thing, but that thing on body types has been going around a lot and I wanted to make sure my cast wasn’t too… similar!? 
I dunno, it’s not TOO bad, but it could be more diverse… too late to change most of them now though OH WELL 
PS for that one girl with the bow who I asked for names for, I think I might go with Penelope (suggested by borzoiboy! thank you!) it’s such a cute name and I’ve always loved it!!

I don’t know if anybody cares about this kind of thing, but that thing on body types has been going around a lot and I wanted to make sure my cast wasn’t too… similar!? 

I dunno, it’s not TOO bad, but it could be more diverse… too late to change most of them now though OH WELL 

PS for that one girl with the bow who I asked for names for, I think I might go with Penelope (suggested by borzoiboy! thank you!) it’s such a cute name and I’ve always loved it!!

Posted on Sunday 6 March with 43 notes.