Three Ways To Add Some “Special Features” To Your Webcomic (Plus an exclusive unfinished “Damania Returns” comic!)

2016 Artwork webcomic bonus content article sketch

Although I’ve mentioned before how thinking of your webcomic like a TV show can be a good way to get motivated, I thought that I’d continue this metaphor today by taking a quick look at three of the many ways that you can add DVD-like “special features” to your webcomic.

1) Line art (and “work in progress” art): If you were reading this site yesterday, you probably saw that I posted a gallery of “work in progress” line art scans from one of my recent webcomic mini series. Basically, before I added paint to each webcomic update, I scanned the original line art- allowing me to create this gallery once the mini series was finished.

The other interesting thing about showing off the line art (or any earlier version of your webcomic updates) is that eagle-eyed readers can look for major differences between earlier and later versions of your work.

For example, I often end up digitally editing the dialogue in my comics after I’ve scanned the final artwork – so there are countless small dialogue differences between the “work in progress” line art and the finished comics.

In addition to this, showing off “work in progress” versions of your webcomic updates can be a good way to get aspiring webcomic creators interested in your webcomic for the simple reason that it gives them some clues about your art style and techniques.

2) Show what could have been: One easy way to add some intriguing bonus content to your webcomic is to, quite simply, show off some of your failures – like this “never seen before” failed comic strip that would have originally been part of my recent “Damania Returns” webcomic mini series:

I've made more digital adjustments to the brightness/contrast levels than usual, so that the pencil lines in the third and fourth panels are actually visible

I’ve made more digital adjustments to the brightness/contrast levels than usual, so that the pencil lines in the third and fourth panels are actually visible

Showing off webcomic updates that didn’t work out well, or which were never finished, is a great way to intrigue your audience by giving them tantalising hints about alternative directions that your comic could have gone in.

Likewise, showing off your failures also means that you won’t feel like the time you spent on your failed webcomic updates was totally wasted.

In addition to this, showing off your failures reminds any would-be webcomic makers who are reading your comic that every artist fails from time to time. It also shows your audience that you’re only human and that even people with some experience of making webcomics can still fail every now and then.

3) Character sketches: One way to make some bonus content for your webcomic fairly quickly is to just draw a few quick sketches of your characters.

These don’t have to be as good as the artwork in your usual webcomic updates. But, a few quick sketches of your characters in amusing situations, in alternative outfits etc.. can be a good way to make some bonus content fairly easily.

Although I haven’t really done this that much with my own webcomics, I’ve certainly seen it used in other webcomics – especially as a way to produce quick filler material when the writer and/or artist can’t make a full update.

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Anyway, I hope that this was useful 🙂

The Complete Line Art For “Damania Returns” – Alternate Dialogue, Alternate artwork etc..

2016 Artwork Damania Returns lineart article sketch

Well, now that my “Damania Returns” webcomic mini series has finished, I thought that I’d show you some of the “deleted scenes” from the series.

Since my comics often tend to need a lot of post-production editing for a variety of different reasons, there are some surprising differences between the line art and the finished comics (eg: quite a few small dialogue changes and at least a couple of art changes ). If you want to compare the two things, then the finished comics can be seen here.

Anyway, here’s the line art. Enjoy 🙂

"Damania Returns - American TV Censorship (Lineart)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – American TV Censorship (Lineart)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns - Detective Paradox (Lineart)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Detective Paradox (Lineart)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns - Mythological (Lineart)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Mythological (Lineart)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns - Holiday (Lineart)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Holiday (Lineart)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns - Big Fictional Guns (Lineart)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Big Fictional Guns (Lineart)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns - Old Guitar" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Old Guitar (Lineart)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns -  Treasure (Lineart)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Treasure (Lineart)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns -  Like Magic (Lineart)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Like Magic (Lineart)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns - Hollywood (Lineart)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Hollywood (Lineart)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns - Ruse (Lineart)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Ruse (Lineart)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns - Cool Buildings (Lineart)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Cool Buildings (Lineart)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns - Is Ahead Of It's Time (Lineart)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Is Ahead Of It’s Time (Lineart)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns - Comeback (Lineart)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Comeback (Lineart)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns - Fraud (Lineart)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Fraud (Lineart)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns - Football Gene (Lineart)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Football Gene (Lineart)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns - Secret Society (Lineart)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Secret Society (Lineart)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns - Retro FPS Games (Lineart)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Retro FPS Games (Lineart)” By C. A. Brown

The Complete “Damania Returns” – All 17 Episodes Of The New Webcomic Mini Series By C. A. Brown

2016 The complete Damania Returns

Well, in case you missed any of it, I thought that I’d post all of the webcomic mini series that I’ve been posting here over the past fortnight or so. If you want to see the previous two mini series, then can be found here and here. Narrative comics featuring these characters can also be found here, here and here.

All in all, this comic mini series was a lot of fun to make – although I wasn’t always quite as inspired as I’d hoped, so the quality varies slightly between comic strips. Still, there are some good ones in here.

If the comics are too small to read here, you can click on each comic update to see a larger version of it. All of these fifteen seventeen comic updates are also released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

"Damania Returns - American TV Censorship" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – American TV Censorship” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns - Detective Paradox" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Detective Paradox” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns - Mythological" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Mythological” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns - Holiday" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Holiday” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns - Big Fictional Guns" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Big Fictional Guns” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns - Old Guitar" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Old Guitar” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns - Treasure" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Treasure” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns - Like Magic" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Like Magic” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns - Hollywood" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Hollywood” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns - Ruse" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Ruse” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns - Cool Buildings" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Cool Buildings” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns - Is Ahead Of It's Time" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Is Ahead Of It’s Time” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns - Comeback" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Comeback” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns - Fraud" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Fraud” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns - Football Gene" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Football Gene” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns - Secret Society" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Secret Society” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Returns - Retro FPS Games" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Retro FPS Games” By C. A. Brown

Today’s Art (10th June 2016)

Well, this is the final episode of “Damania Returns” – I’ll probably return to making “ordinary” paintings for a while. This series was fun to make and, although the quality of these comics wasn’t always quite as good as I hoped, I kind of wanted to quit when I was ahead.

But, saying that, I have got an interesting idea for another B&W narrative “Damania” comic (like this one, but starring Derek and Rox instead of Harvey). I don’t know if it’ll eventually turn into anything though.

I’ll also post a retrospective of the whole series later tonight but, in the meantime, you can catch up on the previous two mini series here and here.

But, yeah, although old FPS games are apparently easier to mod, I’m terrible at FPS game modding (I think I messed around with Duke 3D’s “Build” when I was a kid but, when I tried to use a “Doom” editor in either 2014 or 2015, I just couldn’t make sense of it). Still, at least lots of other people know how to make mods for classic FPS games.

This comic also featured a last-minute dialogue change too. Originally, Rox would have mentioned that people are still playing “Doom” (the one from 1993) in the second panel. When I originally made this comic late last year, relatively little was known about the fourth “Doom” game. But, although it probably won’t run on my computer, I do know that it’s called “Doom” and it’s one of the few modding-friendly modern FPS games around. So, I changed the dialogue to avoid confusion.

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

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] "Damania Returns - Retro FPS Games" By C. A. Brown

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Damania Returns – Retro FPS Games” By C. A. Brown

Today’s Art ( 9th June 2016)

Woo hoo! My old “Damania” webcomic returns with all new episodes for yet another mini series. You can catch up on the previous two mini series here and here.

Originally, this was going to be more of a H.P.Lovecraft parody comic, but this resulted in the last panel being kind of cluttered. So, in the end, I digitally removed all of the Lovecraft references.

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

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] "Damania Returns - Secret Society" By C. A. Brown

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Damania Returns – Secret Society” By C. A. Brown

Today’s Art (8th June 2016)

Woo hoo! My old “Damania” webcomic returns with all new episodes for yet another mini series. You can catch up on the previous two mini series here and here.

Ok, this comic was kind of random. I don’t know, this is what happens when you make comics when you’re slightly tired I guess LOL!

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

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] "Damania Returns - Football Gene" By C. A. Brown

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Damania Returns – Football Gene” By C. A. Brown

Today’s Art (7th June 2016)

Woo hoo! My old “Damania” webcomic returns with all new episodes for yet another mini series. You can catch up on the previous two mini series here and here.

Wow! I think that this is the first time that I’ve appeared in a “Damania” comic. If you’re new to this blog, the second panel of this comic is also reference to this April Fool’s Day picture I made eariler this year.

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

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] "Damania Returns - Fraud" By C. A. Brown

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Damania Returns – Fraud” By C. A. Brown