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Help needed for digital comic project
August 27, 2012
5:51 am
gavxside
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I'm looking at digital comics for my uni project. I've made two different versions of a wee short comic, one is in the format of a print to digital adaptation, the other is in a format very much influenced by Balak's work and what Mark is doing over here at thrillbent.

For my assignment I'm needing feedback on the comics so any comments on what aspects work or don't work well would be very much appreciated.

http://www.rapidcomics.com/uni/

September 1, 2012
10:41 am
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Can you clarify a little bit what kind of feedback you are after? Just general impressions about the whole thing, technical feedback on the presentation, whatever comes to mind? Just want to make sure what you hear is useful for you.

Catch me on the Tweeter: @MaxAcree And on the Tumblr And check out the webcomic I started and never finished: Here
September 2, 2012
4:39 pm
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Comments on any of the topics you covered would be ideal!

September 2, 2012
6:43 pm
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So I used the "view online" option for both versions, in Chrome on a desktop browser.

 

  Version A Version B
Presentation Impressions The Digital Version took a very long time to load. Size of the art was nice, navigation was unobtrusive and easy to use The Conversion Version loaded much faster.  Once I figured out how to go fullscreen, I really didn't miss the novelty transitions between panels.  I felt like the story actually made more sense with this presentation.
Comic Impressions I wasn't particularly sure what was going on in the comic overall. The story was sort of being narrated by "The Guy," but then spends a relatively large amount of time watching the girls interact, and then The Guy does some sneaking, and suddenly Thelma and Louise. The linemaking was not especially appealing to me (though the coloring was fine), but I also don't think there's anything wrong with making comics in whatever style you choose. The panel transitions seemed fairly arbitrary in the digital version, and just plain didn't really work in the conversion version. In some places it felt like one of the Ocean's movies, but it seemed more arbitrary in some places than others. Meaning that the transitions didn't always enhance the storytelling (like when the panels appeared out of normal reading order) I actually had a much easier time figuring out the narrative in this version. Could just be that the progressive art additions got away from you in the other versions a little bit. Not all the pages had the same formatting, a few pages didn't have a white bar separating panels. Using the panel-by-panel navigation gave much the same effect as your all-digital reader, but without the confusing panel order. It was a bit annoying that reaching the end of a page kicked you out of the panel by panel view
Overall Digital version seemed like it could have been cooler than the print conversion, but it suffered from some strange choices on panel transition. The print conversion in the end made the most sense to me narratively speaking, and once I discovered the panel-to-panel view, it was pretty much the same experience as the all-digital but with a more intuitive panel flow.

I hope that was helpful

Catch me on the Tweeter: @MaxAcree And on the Tumblr And check out the webcomic I started and never finished: Here
September 3, 2012
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aw thank you Max! That's a massive help! Much appreciated!

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