Today’s Art (20th April 2019)

Woo hoo! I am very proud to present the first comic in “Damania Retracted”, this month’s four-comic webcomic mini series. You can find links to lots of other comics featuring these characters on this page.

This is a comic about last year’s Eurovision Song Contest. And, yes, I tend to make these comics quite far in advance. Even so, I was kind of surprised that there only seemed to be just one metal/rock/punk group (AWS from Hungary – with this song. Even though I couldn’t understand the lyrics, it was pretty cool – although it reminded me of early-mid 2000s metal a bit though) in what I saw of the contest. But, given the sheer variety of awesome music out there, it’s always weird how Eurovision almost always seems to focus on just one genre (pop music).

Note: Today’s comic update is NOT released under any kind of Creative Commons licence.

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Damania Retracted – Eurovision 2018” By C. A. Brown

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Top Ten Articles – December 2018

Well, it’s the end of the month (and the year). So, I thought that I’d do my usual thing of collecting a list of links to the ten best articles about writing fiction, making art etc… that I’ve posted here over the past month. As usual, I’ll also include a couple of honourable mentions too.

Surprisingly, due to all of the book reviews I posted here this month (it seems to be becoming a regular feature), there weren’t as many “ordinary” articles as I’d expected. Even so, some of them turned out reasonably well and I also ended up writing more writing-based articles than usual too 🙂

Anyway, here are the lists 🙂 Enjoy 🙂

Top Ten Articles – December 2018:

– “What Can Novel Cover Art Teach Us About Making Art?
– “Don’t Show Your Audience Everything – A Ramble
– “Three Tips For Basing Lots Of Stories Around A Single Theme
– “What Books Can Do That Other Entertainment Mediums Can’t – A Ramble
– “One Quick Tip For Writing Ultra-Gripping Action Scenes In Thriller Stories
– “Three Shocking Tips For Writing 1980s-Style Splatterpunk Horror Fiction
– “Three Tips For Making Webcomics When You’ve Got Less Time
– “Three Differences Between Thriller Fiction And Horror Fiction
– “How Straightforward Should Your Narration Be?
– “Two Basic Tips For Using Digital Lighting Effects In “GIMP” (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

Honourable Mentions:

– “Three Silly Tips For Writing ‘Creature Feature’ Horror Stories
– “Three Tips For Writing 1990s-Style Cyberpunk Fiction

Top Ten Articles – November 2018

Well, it’s the end of the month and this means that it’s time for me to compile my usual list of links to my ten favourite articles about making art, making comics, writing fiction etc… that I’ve posted here over the past month. As usual, I’ll include a couple of honourable mentions too.

All in all, this was a bit of a variable month in terms of articles. Not only were there more reviews than I had expected, but I had both highly-inspired days and uninspired days when writing the non-review articles. So, the quality of this month’s articles varied quite a bit. Hopefully, next month’s articles will be better 🙂

Anyway, here are the lists. Enjoy 🙂

Top Ten Articles – November 2018:

– “Want More Originality? Try Some Emotional Variation – A Ramble
– “What Can Games Teach Writers About Challenging Their Audience? – A Ramble
– “What An Old Novel Taught Me About Writing Thrilling Dialogue
– “What Tribute Bands Can Teach Us About Fan Art- A Ramble
– “Is There An Artistic Equivalent Of A “Live Version” Of A Song? – A Ramble
– “Three Tips For Remaking Your Old Webcomic Updates
– “Three Tips For Bringing Old Genres Up To Date
– “Three Random Tips For Modern 1970s-Style Storytelling
– “Four Tips For Getting Back Into Reading Regularly
– “The Library Of The Imagination – A Ramble

Honourable Mentions:

– “Why You Should Create Your Own Fictional Universe When Making Comics – A Ramble
– “How Subtle Should Dark Comedy Be? – A Ramble

The Complete “Nocturnal” – All 11 Pages Of The New Halloween Comic By C. A. Brown

Well, in case you missed any of it, here are all eleven pages (including the cover) of my new Halloween comic in one easy-to-read post 🙂 You can also find loads of other comics featuring these characters here too.

This comic went surprisingly well and was a lot of fun to make 🙂 The initial inspiration for it was a phase I went through where I re-played “Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines” almost obssessively. I then realised that whilst I’d made a haunted house comic in 2015, a zombie comic in 2016 and an “evil alternate dimension” comic in 2017, I hadn’t made a vampire comic yet.

Unlike last year’s comic, I initially decided to return to black and white artwork (mostly for time and/or sanity reasons, given the length of the comic). But, this soon mostly turned into limited colour greyscale after I realised that I could use red ink for blood effects. And, well, you can’t have a vampire comic without blood in it…

Anyway, here’s the comic 🙂 I hope you have as much fun reading it as I had making it 🙂

As usual, all pages of this comic are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence. Likewise, you can click on each page to see a much larger version of it.

“Nocturnal – Cover” By C. A. Brown

“Nocturnal – Page 1” By C. A. Brown

“Nocturnal – Page 2” By C. A. Brown

“Nocturnal – Page 3” By C. A. Brown

“Nocturnal – Page 4” By C. A. Brown

“Nocturnal – Page 5” By C. A. Brown

“Nocturnal – Page 6” By C. A. Brown

“Nocturnal – Page 7” By C. A. Brown

“Nocturnal – Page 8” By C. A. Brown

“Nocturnal – Page 9” By C. A. Brown

“Nocturnal – Page 10” By C. A. Brown

Today’s Art (31st October 2018)

Happy Halloween everyone 🙂 Here’s the final page of “Nocturnal” 🙂 But, don’t worry if you missesd any of it – I’ll be posting a full retrospective here later tonight. In the meantime, you can find lots of other comics featuring these characters here.

Wow! Although the ending ended up being a little bit compressed and contrived (eg: I didn’t have space to include an explanation that the main characters survived because they were only recently turned into vampires), making this page was a surprisingly eerie experience.

Basically, my drawing pen ran out before the last two panels. So, I was forced to switch to one with a finer nib when drawing these panels. Then, when I was editing the page on my computer, I suddenly had vivid flashbacks to my early experiments with comics (using a finer pen than I normally do) during 2010. It literally felt like no time whatsoever had passed since then. It’s a difficult experience to put into words, but it really caught me by surprise.

Anyway, I’m rambling. So, here’s the comic page. Enjoy 🙂

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

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Nocturnal – Page 10” By C. A. Brown

Top Ten Articles – October 2018

First of all, Happy Halloween everyone 🙂 Anyway, since it’s the end of the month, it’s time for my usual list of links to what I consider to be the ten best articles about making art, making webcomics, writing fiction etc… that I’ve posted here over the past month. As usual, I’ll also include a few honourable mentions too.

All in all, this month probably wasn’t the best one in terms of articles. Partly, this was due to being busy with a couple of other projects at the time of preparing this month’s articles in addition to problems caused by tiredness and/or writer’s block. Still, there were some good articles posted here this month.

So, without any further ado, here are the lists. Enjoy 🙂

Top Ten Articles – October 2018

– “Three Stress- Reduction Tips For Making Comics And/Or Webcomics”
– “Why “Less Is More” Applies To Blood In Horror Comics – A Ramble
– “Time Travel And Art Mediums- A Ramble
– “Are Games Art? – A Ramble
– “The Joy Of … The ‘Hedonism’ Genre
– “Three Things An Old Computer Game Can Teach Us About How To Add Some Heavy Metal To The Fantasy Genre
– “Three Unusual Things To Do If You Write Yourself Into A Corner
– “Single-Location Comedy – A Ramble
– “Three Ways To Deal With Comparing Your Own Creative Works To ‘Great Works’
– “Making Art – Do The ‘Graphics’ Matter? – A Ramble

Honourable mentions:

– “Using Fake Anachronisms In Historical Art And Fiction – A Ramble
– “Creativity, Subcultures And Fandoms – A Ramble
– “Four Reasons Why Creating Stuff With Older And/Or Low-Tech Tools Is Awesome

Today’s Art (30th October 2018)

Woo hoo! I am very proud to present the ninth (and penultimate) page of “Nocturnal” – this year’s Halloween comic. You can check out previous Halloween comics here: 2015, 2016, 2017.

If you’ve missed any of this comic, you can catch up here: Cover, Page One, Page Two, Page Three, Page Four, Page Five, Page Six, Page Seven, Page Eight,

You can also find lots of other comics featuring these characters here too. Stay tuned for the final page of this comic tomorrow 🙂

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

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Nocturnal – Page 9” By C. A. Brown