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#1 | Posted: 5 Sep 2011 04:34


This is my first attempt at a modified comic. Fortunately it's only one page!





#2 | Posted: 5 Sep 2011 09:59

Nice work.

I would have changed the name at least at the start to be more masculine to fit the character perspective, but otherwise,it's nice to see more voluntary and none character death changes.
Jezzi Stewart


#3 | Posted: 5 Sep 2011 11:55

Great first effort!

You could have added to ... "Sandy knew his first date would be one he'd always remember" ... and it wouldn't be "her" last!


#4 | Posted: 6 Sep 2011 02:32 | Edited by: debbie1980

Thanks for the suggestions. I've used both of them.

I'd actually thought about starting with the name Alexander and changing it to Sandy, but I know a few male Sandys so I thought it was probably androgynous enough on it's own. I would imagine Alexander's family and friends were already very used to calling him Sandy. It is always nice to have that extra change though.

Thanks again,


Jezzi Stewart


#5 | Posted: 6 Sep 2011 07:48

I really liked your creativity, writing your text perfectly to fit into the already existing balloons - or at least if you modified them, I couldn't tell. What font did you use?


#6 | Posted: 6 Sep 2011 10:49

Thanks Jezzi,

I use Linux and the Gimp to do my picture editing (because I'm a cheapskate)

The font here is Ki-comic which I quite like, except that the "!" tends to crash into the word before it and the loop on the "G" is squashed.

I really like "Tomson Talks" but it doesn't have a bold version and I like to use bold words to make the text look authentic.

I have also used Comic Sans MS in the past but I think it's a bit ugly.

I did have to expand some of the speech bubbles, and I'm glad you couldn't tell. Another trick I use to make the edits look real is to blur the text slightly after I add it. It takes me ages edit a cover and I have no idea how you manage your prolific output.

Love your work!



#7 | Posted: 6 Sep 2011 12:21 | Edited by: Tristra

I'm not the only Linux geek in these parts.
GIMP is awesome for editing, (It's what I use to make my Avatars) it doesn't get the press that Photoshop does but I have never found anything that Photoshop can do that GIMP can't (Other than have an outrageous price tag)

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#8 | Posted: 7 Sep 2011 08:28 | Edited by: suedenim

Excellent job! I also try to make things look as "seamless" as possible, and I like the "blurring the lettering" trick too. Though I think I forgot to do that on the most recent My Jet Dream Romance story.

With more modern material you can "get away with" a slicker look, but there's a lot of dissonance if you have old crappily-printed comics pages combined with slick modern lettering.

I use Corel's Paint Shop Pro myself. Significantly cheaper than Photoshop, but seems to do everything it does (or at least for our purposes.) Experimented with GIMP a little, but found it a bit too confusing and hard to work with.

But full-page/full-story treatments aren't all that hard to do, and I wish more people would give it a try. Finding the right source material for the kind of story you want to tell can be difficult, but I can help people with that.

#9 | Posted: 7 Sep 2011 21:31

Very good for a first attempt. I'm waiting for the second or third or fourth attempt. I like the one page format and the dialogue you use. Excellent. Keep it up and give me a pleasant surprise soon.
Helen Buckley

#10 | Posted: 13 Mar 2012 14:25

Hi Dedbbie, I have to agree with everything that has been said about this comic, it is very well done, you would never know it wasn't an 'original'.

[quote=suedenim]I use Corel's Paint Shop Pro myself. Significantly cheaper than Photoshop, but seems to do everything it does (or at least for our purposes.)

Hi Sue, I have been using Paint Shop Pro for a long time now and am interested in your opinion. I have been using Version 12 for a while on my photographic work and as you say it does everything Photoshop does except empty your wallet but I use an older version 5 for my Caps work. I find it is simply so user friendly.
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