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Comic sizing/specifications/other

Postby Blackaby on Thu Aug 25, 2005 4:37 pm

Sizing
The comic must be 500 across & Another number no more than 720, and preferably closer to 650, in width.

Colour
Full stinking colour!
Please select a pallet rather than colouring everything randomly as neon hurtses our eyeses.

Characters
Blackaby doesn't have a nose, no matter how he is drawn.
The Angel does not shave her legs.
Character costumes change dependent on the historical period, but the general rule of thumb is that Blackaby is rarely fashionable.
No matter what colours you use for the rest, please stick to the current colour pallet for the actual characters, unless the script requires something different.
If you want a better reference, the comic is usually a few months ahead of itself, so you can have access to the current archive of Blackaby if you desire it.

Script Length
Scripts are usually 8 pages PLUS a cover illustration which is really up to YOU.

Uh, post any offers of guest arting just about anywhere :)

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What I write is usually rubbish so cut/alter whatever you want or just send it back to me for a rewrite. I'm not great at this & since you're all artists and writers You Know Best. :) I also don't know how to plan out a page or do layout so yes... do ignore my bad attempts to "panel things out".

If you wanna add something/joke/person/whatever, please go for it. :)
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Re: Comic sizing/specifications/other

Postby Mr. Caravaggio on Thu Aug 25, 2005 6:32 pm

blackaby wrote:Sizing
Generally the comic size has to be the same as the comics that are up there at present, so that's what - 500xsomething else...

How modest. :P
The page currently up today is 500 x 620 pixels.
The first page was 500 x 670, the one after that 500 x 672, 665, 698, and so on.

I hadn't noticed this before, but there is a bit of a problem now. Unfortunately the pages I've been making are 500 x 721 which is the size of the cover page on "The Fisherman" story line. I guess that was the only page I bothred to check when you asked me to make them the same size at whats already on there and I just figured they'd all be the same. I should have taken a greater sample range.

Now off topic of blackaby:

Regular comic books seem to mostly be 6.625 x 10.25 U.S. inches.
The ratio of that is 0.64634146341463414634146341463415 to 1.

So for my own comics I've been using a final screen dimension of 530 x 820 which matches the above ratio exactly. And for the raw raster files I use 2650 x 4100, which also matches the ratio so there's no distortion in resizing (it's also a 400 dpi version of the original size in inches).

Just in case anyone was wondering

PS: You must write a story where blackaby becomes human and gets a nose for once just so someone can have the pleasure of drawing it.
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Re: Comic sizing/specifications/other

Postby Blackaby on Thu Aug 25, 2005 6:47 pm

Mr. Caravaggio wrote:
blackaby wrote:I hadn't noticed this before, but there is a bit of a problem now. Unfortunately the pages I've been making are 500 x 721 which is the size of the cover page on "The Fisherman" story line. I guess that was the only page I bothred to check when you asked me to make them the same size at whats already on there and I just figured they'd all be the same. I should have taken a greater sample range.

PS: You must write a story where blackaby becomes human and gets a nose for once just so someone can have the pleasure of drawing it.


Eh, so long as they're the same across the top and within a 100 range of the height, it's cool. I guess I can work out the whole sizing etc later.

By the way, make yourself a thread... I noticed I'd effed up some of the dialogue on the comic you showed me.... because I suck. Sorry. :(

I guess after the REVELATION he could get a nose. That'd be fun.
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Re: Comic sizing/specifications/other

Postby Mr. Caravaggio on Thu Aug 25, 2005 6:56 pm

blackaby wrote:By the way, make yourself a thread... I noticed I'd effed up some of the dialogue on the comic you showed me.... because I suck. Sorry. :(

Tahts too sentinces! [/gramir nasi]

Well pm me a different phrase if you like, I was expected to change a few things after showing you first drafts anyway.
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Postby CaptainClaude on Fri Aug 26, 2005 12:39 am

Mine seem to be uniform in their dimensions so far, but I may start to have trouble with that in the strips with more panels.
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Postby Anywherebuthere on Sat Aug 27, 2005 11:37 pm

Do you want us to handle the lettering, or just the art?


(Feel like such a noob at this hired gun stuff).
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Postby CaptainClaude on Sun Aug 28, 2005 1:14 am

I'm doing the lettering myself, She didnt seem to have a problem with that.
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Postby Blackaby on Sun Aug 28, 2005 2:05 am

I'm easy. :) Frankly I'd prefer someone else to do the lettering because I really, really suck at it. Reeeally suck.
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Postby Anywherebuthere on Sun Aug 28, 2005 4:45 am

Works for me, is there a specific font for Blackaby?
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Postby Blackaby on Sun Aug 28, 2005 4:59 am

Nope. Something that's readable and not a regular font - ie not comic sans or TNR or the like... works fine for me. I use Lettermatic (I think) in the new comics and Cosmic in the earlier ones... and I've no idea what Ken Klaus used in his.

Readibility is the main thing. So... whatever suits the comic... :)
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Re: Comic sizing/specifications/other

Postby Komiyan on Sat Sep 03, 2005 7:15 am

blackaby wrote:Blackaby doesn't have a nose.

I can hardly keep the inevitable joke back. Please help. :(
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Postby CaptainClaude on Sat Sep 03, 2005 8:44 am

*punches Komi in her nose*
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Postby Komiyan on Sat Sep 03, 2005 11:04 am

Phew, thanks.
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Postby CaptainClaude on Sat Sep 03, 2005 4:15 pm

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Postby Blackaby on Sun Sep 04, 2005 9:03 pm

Actually, the inevitable joke appears in Sortelli's comic. fehehehee.
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Postby Gothboy on Mon Jan 23, 2006 2:22 pm

Wait a minute, are you actually asking for people to draw your kickass comic? That's so cool! Are the puppies alive?

Blackaby is F-ing genius. I've never been good with colour though. And I don't have time. Can I be your artist anyway? *grin*
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Postby Blackaby on Wed Jan 25, 2006 9:53 am

You sure as shite can, mate. I'll add you to my list. Got any ideas for a story?
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Postby Gothboy on Wed Jan 25, 2006 3:12 pm

Hmmmm... let me think on that one.
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Postby Blackaby on Thu Jan 26, 2006 10:37 am

Once you got one, start your own thread with your name onnit, and we can go from there :D
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