I have new fanart kindly done for me by my friends to help me in the webcomic war. Okay, it wasn’t spontaneous, I bugged them a bit. It’s great nonetheless.
It’s prompted me to try and get the Fan Art Gallery sorted out. It isn’t quite to my liking yet, but you can see some of the fanart I have done for other webcomics and I will be adding more.
Concerning the interview I talked about in my previous post it was scrapped due to poor sound quality, but we’ll be trying again as soon as we’ve worked out what the issue was.
I’m either popular or an incredible net whore… I wonder if you can work out which?
Tonight I am going to be on the Webcomic Reviews and Interviews Podcast, broadcasting at 6pm EST or 11pm GMT. If you make it you can listen in live, join the chat and have the opportunity to ask me questions. If you miss it it will be available for download afterwards.
My next big news if that Martin has a cameo in Between Places, a lovely webcomic with truely beautiful artwork. The story is complicated, and a little confusing at the beginning, but as it develops it all starts to come together and is a very engaging read which I thoughroughly recommend. It seems likely that Martin will cameo in future pages if that’s any incentive.
I also received a new piece of fan art. This was done by Steve who runs the game this comic is based on. He also wrote a review to try and help me in Frumph’s webcomic WAR! Thanks Steve!
Finally I have decided to have so cameos in my comic. There is a crowd scene coming up which currently looks pretty pathetic (see below). I think cameos would brighten it up nicely. Due to the setting I am requesting humans or close-to-human characters. However I am also planning to make a larger wallpaper of this scene, which could have extra characters in it including aliens, furrys or whatever. So if you want your characters to appear in Epic Fail get in touch, otherwise I might not include them.
Some people have asked me how I make my webcomic. So when I did the Valentines Day bonus page I used a free screen capturing programme called CamStudio to make a video so I could show you. It wasn’t a 1oo% sucess, so unfortunately you cannot see the whole process from beginning to end. It should give you a pretty good idea however.
What you see is me scanning in the hand-drawn page of the comic into photoshop. It’s not perfect so I make the lines sharper by increasing the brightness and contrast by 30, then I clean up any mistakes or fuzzy edges. Once that’s done I select the black lines and use them to create two new layers, one called ‘linework’ the other ‘colorfill.’ Then I bucketfill the colorfill layer, saving various selections as I go to make things easier when I get to the shading. Once this is completed I reload the selections one at a time and add shading using various brushes and the dodge and burn tools. That’s pretty much how I make Epic fail!
Anyway, I hope you find the video useful/interesting. Hopefully I will have better luck next time I make one.
I have joined Frumphs WAR! which is a promotional competition between webcomics. I joined it late, so I’m very behind. This is an appeal to you to help me to win it!
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Copy this and paste it somewhere:
HELP Epic Fail, a comedic fantasy webcomic, to win Frumph’s WAR! Go to http://epicfail.xepher.net – please copy this message and pass it on 🙂
You can also:
• Tell your friends about this great webcomic you found called Epic Fail at http://epicfail.xepher.net Pop it into twitter or messenger!
• Link to http://epicfail.xepher.net from your website, blog or anywhere on the internet. Even add it to your forum signatures.
• Add http://epicfail.xepher.net to your social bookmarks. There are handy buttons below every post on the website to make it quick and easy.
• Write something about the Epic Fail webcomic. It can be anything, but reviews or interviews are good.
It helps if you tell me what you have done. If you have other methods I have not listed to help promote my webcomic please get in touch and let me know what it is.
I found Children of the Tiger a while ago. There are some stylistic similarities between our comics, so if you like mine you may well like hers. It’s one of my regular comics to read and I’m really enjoying it.