Today’s Art (28th February 2017)

First of all, if you want to see a step-by-step “making of” article about this comic, then it can be read here 🙂

This is the second comic in “Damania Repressed” and, although I’m hoping that this mini series will be fairly self-contained – it follows on from the events of this mini series (which, in turn, follows on from this one). Links to more mini series can also be found on this page.

As usual, this comic update is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] "Damania Repressed - Goth" By C. A. Brown

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Damania Repressed – Goth” By C. A. Brown

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Top Ten Articles – February 2017

2017 Artwork Top Ten Articles February

Well, it’s the end of the month, so that means that it’s time for my usual list of links to what I consider to be the ten best articles about making webcomics, making art and/or writing that I’ve posted here over the past month (and possibly a couple of honourable mentions too).

Unfortunately, due to being busy with a couple of upcoming webcomic mini series and due to the hot weather at the time of writing some of this month’s articles (I write them quite a few months in advance), the best articles posted here this month mostly seem to come from the beginning of the month. Still, here’s hoping that March’s articles will be better.

Anyway, here are the lists:

Top Ten Articles – February 2017:

– “Four Awesome Ways To Fail Properly At A Creative Project
– “Three Inspiring Things To Remember When You’re Having A Totally Uninspired Day
– “Four Very Basic Tips For Making Heavy Metal Art
– “Four Reasons Why Tenebrism Is One Of The Coolest Types Of Art ( Both To Make And To Look At)
– “Three Ways To Use The Backgrounds Of Your Webcomic To Stay Motivated
– “Three Tips For Fine Tuning A Comic Idea
– “Three Possible Reasons For Emotional Tone Shifts In Comics (Plus, A Comic Preview)
– “The Five Stages of Making A Webcomic Update (Plus, A Comic Preview)
– “Four Reasons Why The Noir Genre Is So Interesting For Artists
– “Three Tips For Dealing With Moments Of Low Enthusiasm When Making Webcomics

Honourable mentions:

– “Three Very Basic Tips For Compact Storytelling In Comics
– “Three Reasons Why Webcomics, TV shows etc.. Can Go From Self-Contained “Episodes” To Longer Stories

Today’s Art (27th February 2017)

Well, so much for “taking a break from comics for a couple of days”! Due to feeling especially inspired, I decided to start my next webcomic mini series (called “Damania Repressed”) early 🙂

This is the first comic in “Damania Repressed” and, although I’m hoping that this mini series will be fairly self-contained – it follows on from the events of this mini series (which, in turn, follows on from this one). Links to more mini series can also be found on this page.

But, yeah, Harvey tends to have something of a habit of not really thinking of highly-advanced technology as being “unusual” (however much he might dislike modern technology).

As usual, this comic update is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] "Damania Repressed - Revelation" By C. A. Brown

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Damania Repressed – Revelation” By C. A. Brown

Three Quick Tips For Including Obscure In-Jokes And References In Your Webcomic (With A Comic Preview)

2017 Artwork Obscure In jokes

If you’re making a webcomic, it can be very tempting to include all sorts of obscure/nerdy references and in-jokes in your comic. After all, it’s a really fun thing to do. However, if you aren’t careful, you can end up confusing and bewildering a large portion of your audience.

So, how can you avoid this? Here are three quick tips:

1) Mention it: This won’t work in every context, but sometimes a good way to avoid confusing people with an obscure reference is to mention what the reference is.

This works best during dialogue, where another character can comment about the reference. Like in this scene from yet another upcoming webcomic mini series of mine that I was busy making at the time of writing:

The full comic update will appear here on the 7th April

The full comic update will appear here on the 7th April

The dialogue is a parody of “Howl” by Allen Ginsberg (or the one part of it that I can remember at least). But, since many people haven’t heard of “Howl”, I thought that I’d briefly mention Allen Ginsberg in the dialogue (in case anyone wanted to look him up on Wikipedia or whatever).

You can also do something similar to this in your dialogue by having your characters say something like “This is just like that one time in ‘Star Trek’ when…” or something like that before making a reference and/or in-joke.

Obviously, it isn’t practical to do this kind of thing for all of your in-jokes and references, but try to do it for at least a few of them.

2) Independence: Ideally, if you’re making an obscure in-joke or a reference, then try to make sure that the humour doesn’t rely entirely on the audience understanding the reference.

In other words, either surround the in-joke with lots of “ordinary” jokes or tell the joke in such a way that the audience can still find it funny from the context (regardless of whether they’ve read or seen the thing you’re referencing).

For example, the scene immediately before the comic panel I included earlier shows Roz (the beatnik character) offering Harvey (the detective) a joint. If you’ve read “Howl”, then the dialogue in the example is a funny parody of the poem.

If you haven’t read “Howl” – it’s also an amusingly cynical, if strangely-phrased, description of how people sometimes act when they’re stoned.

So, try to include at least a few “dual-purpose” references in your comic, which are funny regardless of whether your audience gets the reference or not.

3) Background details: This one is fairly obvious but, in comics, the best place for super-obscure references and in-jokes is often in the background details.

Since precise background details aren’t often essential to the plot, the references will probably be ignored by people who don’t get them – but noticed by people who do. So, you can add a lot of obscure humour for people with the same interests as you, but without ruining the experience for people who haven’t read the same books, played the same games etc… as you have.

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Anyway, I hope that this was useful 🙂

Today’s Art (26th February 2017)

Well, after finishing this webcomic mini series, I felt like making something fairly “quick” for today. Plus, since the next mini series will probably be set in Victorian times, I thought that I’d practice making gothic Victorian-style art (I probably need more practice at drawing paraffin lamps though, since the lamp in the painting looks more like a bong than a lantern LOL!).

As usual, this digitally-edited painting is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

"By Paraffin Light" By C. A. Brown

“By Paraffin Light” By C. A. Brown

The Complete “Work In Progess” Line Art For My “Damania Renaissance” Webcomic Mini Series :)

2017 Artwork Damania Renaissance lineart article sketch

Well, as usual, I thought that I’d show you all of the ‘work in progress’ line art from my recently-finished “Damania Renaissance” webcomic mini series 🙂

If I remember rightly, there weren’t that many major dialogue changes between the line art and the finished comics – the most major change was probably to the dialogue in the fourth comic (since the condemned man was originally going to be the castle’s dungeonkeeper, until I realised that it would be funnier if he was the executioner instead).

You can see a larger version of each picture in this post by clicking on it.

"Damania Renaissance - Sorcery (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Renaissance – Sorcery (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Renaissance - 'King Derek (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Renaissance – ‘King Derek (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Renaissance - Foul (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Renaissance – Foul (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Renaissance - First Day (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Renaissance – First Day (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Renaissance - Merry (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Renaissance – Merry (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Renaissance - Festival (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Renaissance – Festival (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Renaissance - Lost Vikings (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Renaissance – Lost Vikings (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Renaissance - Out Of The Frying Pan (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Renaissance – Out Of The Frying Pan (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

The Complete “Damania Renaissance” – All Eight Episodes Of The New Webcomic Mini Series By C. A. Brown

2017 Artwork The Complete Damania Renaissance

Well, in case you missed any of it, here are all eight “episodes” of “Damania Renaissance” a webcomic mini series that sort of tells a story (or, more accurately, a self-contained chapter of a larger story).

Although this mini series can be read on it’s own, it also follows on from the events of “Damania Retrofuturistic“. If you want to see some completely self-contained webcomics, then check out the ‘2016’ section of this page.

All in all, this was a rather strange mini series. Not only did it end up having something of a continuous story (which is something I’d previously tried to avoid in my four-panel webcomics), but I also made the whole thing in just two days.

This can probably be seen in the comic, with the first four episodes having a slightly different style of humour to the last four. Likewise, the seventh and eighth episodes are slightly on the weak side, due to the fact that I was feeling a bit exhausted by then.

If you’d told me a couple of months beforehand that I’d be making a medieval fantasy comic mini series with a continuous narrative within two days, I’d have probably laughed at you. Making this mini series was certainly a strange experience.

As usual, the eight comic updates in this post are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence. Likewise, you can click on each comic update to see a larger version of it.

"Damania Renaissance - Sorcery" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Renaissance – Sorcery” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Renaissance - 'King Derek" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Renaissance – ‘King Derek” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Renaissance - Foul" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Renaissance – Foul” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Renaissance - First Day" By C.A. Brown

“Damania Renaissance – First Day” By C.A. Brown

"Damania Renaissance - Merry" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Renaissance – Merry” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Renaissance - Festival" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Renaissance – Festival” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Renaissance - Lost Vikings" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Renaissance – Lost Vikings” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Renaissance - Out Of The Frying Pan..." By C. A. Brown

“Damania Renaissance – Out Of The Frying Pan…” By C. A. Brown