When I get the buffer rebuilt, we’ll start updating again. This hiatus is not permanent.
Godsend is written by Jesse Bausch, when he’s not changing diapers or lawyering about. He’s also written the fabulous Strange Detective Tales, which you should hunt down, buy, and read. Because it’s fabulous.
Meg Gandy functions as his partner in crime, handling both art and web-work. That means she is totally writing in third person about herself, right now. Her website is over yonder.
She’s also really terrible at summaries, so that will have to come later.
Meg’s Notes on Production:
I draw the comic at 14 x 14 with ordinary mechanical pencils, and ink with a black Pentel color brush (found here). I don’t prefer those to the average brush and ink—I just find them more convenient as there’s no clean up and they travel well. The font used here is called Holier Than Thou.
And Advice for Would-Be Comickers:
On fonts and word balloons:
I opted for a pay font rather than a free font for one big reason: my handwriting sucks. There are a few decent free fonts out there, but I didn’t want to use the same font for every project, or as every other webcomicker out there. And, actually, I would advise all would-be webcomic artists to find or even design a font that compliments the visual style of the art around it. Your pages will look more cohesive. Think also about how you want your word bubbles to look. The balloons on the page should work with the art, not seem separate—which also means, most of the time, that you want to avoid using anything that gives you a perfect oval or circle to fill with text. You don’t draw perfect circles yourself—not without help. And the odds are good that your art is filled with little imperfections in the line quality. That’s not a bad thing, but it is something to keep in mind when addressing the fonts and balloons (and even the site design).
On spending money:
You don’t have to. At least, not a lot of it. if you’re a perfectionist, you may want to, but really, it’s not necessary.
Here is the list of stuff I have bought: brush-pens, paper, mechanical pencils, kneaded eraser, super-long ruler, oversized scanner, fonts, wacom bamboo tablet, open canvas, photoshop, webspace. Several of these, I bought in college because I was required to.
I only bought as much as I did because there either weren’t a lot of alternatives when I bought them or I had no idea the alternatives existed.
Here’s the list of stuff I actually suggest you buy: oversized scanner, wacom bamboo tablet, and some assemblage of art supplies to create whatever the hell it is you want to scan. Art programs and webspace can all be handled online and for free. Of those on the list, i like Gimp the best.
And if you really want to buy fonts, watch out for sales. I get most of mine at Comicraft‘s yearly New Year’s Eve sale.