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Hello everyone. My name is Igor and I am pastor here in Brazil. I am also a comic book illustrator with works published in USA, such as Marvel and DC comics. I have a ministry here in Brazil which I preach the gospel through the comic books. I have one manga (comic book name in Japanese) called J5. It's about 5 teens called by Jesus to fight the evil and they receive spiritual power using the Armor of God. I published my manga in English in a website called Line Webtoons and I am here asking your support with views and likes, if you can. Please support us because many children and teenagers are coming to Christ through this comic book. God bless you all and here below is our link to get to know our material. Thank you all. https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/j5/list?title_no=216605
Dream Job: (If you could have your dream job in the comics industry, what would it be?)
I have my dream job. I work with comic books, thanks to the Grace of God.
Favorite Comic Creators:
Jack Kirby, Katsuhiro Otomo, Takeshi Obata, John Buscema, Jim Lee, Akira Toryiama, Joe Madureira.
I read your webcomic! It's really amazing!! The best part was that I enjoyed it as much as the other manga I read, but it was Christian and has good moral and messages. Thank you for sharing your story online; You truly have an amazing gift!
Welcome to the CCAS. Your work is outstanding and thank you for sharing. I will pray for your ministry in Brazil and that God continues to do a work in your church. Looking to knowing more about you and work. May our gracious Lord and Savior continue to bless you and the works of your hands.
Thanks. I had looked at Clip Pain Studio, but for animations my understanding was you had to draw each frame. At my skill level, not ready for that! ;-). Character Animator I draw once and drag character around. Lower quality result for sure, but much less effort. The other one looks interesting.
All feedback is a gift! So happy to get whatever I can. I can also see the difference in artwork quality! ;-)
I am not an artist - this is my first attempt at drawing, but its actually a series of animated videos. E.g. https://youtu.be/hoNN8F7KxgM. I had a few delays with some friends that were going to do the voice acting for me, so I turned it into a comic for now (no voice required!)
Just so you understand, I drew each character once, rigged for animation. I am not good enough to draw a second time and get the characters to come out consistent yet!! I use computer software (Adobe Character Animator) to pose the characters (actually create an animation). To create the comic, I took screenshots from the animated videos and framed them! (I.e. I cheat!)
So the anatomy is restricted somewhat by the software. I don't redraw each frame! That might be a goal for series 2 ;-) I know the result is substandard compared to a real comic, but its all I can do for now. The software stretches the artwork into different positions, and sometimes you don't have enough control (there are bugs in the software too). That is why you will notice its mainly a front shots. I did side shots of two characters and gave up on the rest - it was just too hard. I know they are not right, but being a hobby I wanted to also get it finished - its been a long drawn out part time effort now (coming up on 1 year) learning along the way.
But I will try to squeeze in reading up an anatomy. See if I can get a bit more out of the software I am using.
You will notice the clothes I am sure are pretty boring. They are not being redrawn based on position of the character - just dragged and stretched. Again, trying to balance quality vs getting it finished.
Thanks, I will look at the fonts. I noticed after I started that I am doing it lower case and many comics seem upper case. Should I change that too?
The backgrounds I cheat again - I almost gave up after drawing my first background. (It was TERRIBLE!) So instead I buy 3D assets from Unity 3D (software for writing 3D computer games) and then I take screen shots for the backgrounds.
I will think about leaving some backgrounds out. Because I took screen shots from the animation, they all have backgrounds. But I have all the master files so can generate other scenes just for the comic as well.
I think this part got scrambled: "Use this Slice of Life" / "School"? "Comedy" / "All Ages" to Webtoon." Not sure which you were suggesting.
Thanks for all the help! For someone who has been self learning in the evenings in isolation, this is like manna from heaven! ;-)
Your comic is impressive! Love it! I just joined the forum a day or two ago, so just finding my way around here as well. I am just a hobbyist, but was trying to work out where best to publish my work. Looks like you use WebToon.
If you had the time, could you have a quick look at https://extraordinarytv.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/eo_ch1_friendship.pdf - I was trying to work out the appropriate category to use on WebToon. It is Christian themed, but "supernatural" does not seem right. Maybe "Slice of Life" / "School"? "Comedy" / "All Ages"? The underlying theme is "making the extraordinary Word of God extra - ordinary in your life". 12 episodes backed by a bible verse snuck in, but meant to be a fun read without it. (Home page is https://extra-ordinary.com/)
Any other suggestions also appreciated before I upload. Because the artwork is not that detailed, I was putting a multiple images per page in frames, but some of the pages I saw had only a few images, even just one (big) so you scrolled a lot more. Do you think I should redo the layout? Or is what I have okay? This is the first time I have ever tried to layout a comic, so any advice you have time for is appreciated!
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