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Thu, Jul. 8th, 2010, 07:00 am
Dojinshi Meets Man Gaga!

It seems to me as if so many cartoonists are adopting the manga style into their own comics nowadays that it's impossible to tell them apart anymore. But I am an absolute beginner at best and by no means an expert on the subject. "Abandon the Old in Tokyo," a book of short stories by Yoshihiro Tastsumi, along with "Ode to Kirihito" and "MW" by Osamu Tezuka are the only manga in my entire comic collection. However, I was so inspired by Cayetano Garza Jr.'s "Year Of The Rat" and what he was doing with "Manga Studio" (see for yourself by clicking the link below) that I bought the software myself. I also bought a small Wacom Bamboo tablet and the book "Manga Studios For Dummies."

Once, I move and finally get my art studio set up again I plan to try to teach myself how to use all this new technology and to that end have already drawn a new manga story entitled "Jonin." I drew these twenty one pages the old fashioned way with a blue pencil but whether or not I ink, tone, or merely letter it digitally remains to be seen. Unfortunately, after a brief and cursory glance at the text of "Manga Studios For Dummies" I fear that it is either to dense or I am. So, I may wind up inking the story the old fashioned way as well.

I am eager to learn "Manga Studios" and will more than likely post "Jonin" first online even though I drew the "Midnight Agents" first. But if learning these basic computer skills becomes too much for me I may go back to the drawing board and start inking the "Midnight Agents" strip with a crow quill. If I post it first you'll know that "Manga Studios" has gotten the best of me at least for the time being.


Thu, Jul. 8th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)

well, do what you will. It is always fun to experiment with different styles, I guess. I liked manga when I was 5 and had a crush on that one fighter pilot guy from Starship or whatever it was called-it was '78-I can't remember the name of the cartoon. I find it funny and a bit odd that a bunch of manga artist seem to have interest in my stuff. To me it just got to be too popular or it's saturating everything or something and I'm like 'ho-hum another manga artist'. You're own style is quite unique if you ask me, but I aint no expert. I'll be curious to see what yer doin I suppose.

Thu, Jul. 8th, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)

Well, don't expect me to start drawing characters with big eyes and pointy chins. I haven't gone "Sailor Moon" on you. I'm more interested in using "Manga Studio" like you might use photoshop. I am mainly interested in trying to letter and tone digitally. I've always been totally "old school" and have never used photoshop or any computer enhancement . I'm just testing the new technology to see if I can utilize it in creating my own comics. I plan on doing a lot of experimenting in the coming months with a lot of different techniques and am sure that some will work where as others may suck royally. I hope you'll bear with me.

Fri, Jul. 9th, 2010 06:05 am (UTC)

O cool-ya! I'm kinda the same thing here.
Ya know what's funny tho. The last time I bought me some pens I got me the Faber Castell "Manga Set". It's just a bunch shades of grey and mostly brush pens. Works alright, I suppose-I need some that last me longer-O like let's say some photoshop brushes LOL!
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Fri, Jul. 9th, 2010 09:57 am (UTC)

Thanks, for the advice and/or warning. I'm just dipping my toe in and testing the waters at this point, so to speak. Everyone, uses photoshop so I may have to give it a try eventually. I still feel like a caveman piloting a rocket ship just trying to post art online. So, "Manga Studio" is a major leap for me albeit a baby step too most. It will be lightyears before I can even dream of doing stuff like you're doing lately.

Oh, in case you missed it I gave you a "Shout Out" (as the kids say) in my previous post.

Tue, Aug. 3rd, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)

SHIT! I forgot your birthday last Sunday. I have been busy, but no excuses. I hope you had a great day!

Tue, Aug. 3rd, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)

That's okay, man! For my birthday I ate blue corn fry bread instead of birthday cake and opened moving boxes in lieu of actual presents. The move to The Hopi Reservation is now complete but I'm afraid I'll be unpacking until October. I hope that I can get my Studio set up and start drawing again soon.