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message 1: by Kelly (new)

Kelly (xitomatl) Does anybody in this group create their own comics? Web, book, whatever... doesn't matter. I'd like to read it if anybody here is a creator!


Anna  (Bananas!) | 758 comments I want to be...I don't feel comfortable enough with the medium yet. My man and I have a running idea that's very much in the outline stage.

I read a great series of articles on litreactor.com about how to create a comic step by step. Trying to put that to use.


message 3: by Barbara (last edited Nov 03, 2012 03:11AM) (new)

Barbara G. Tarn (BarbaraGTarn) | 75 comments Yep, me!!! :D Thanks for asking!
It's a graphic novel for adults (for nudity, mostly, LOL) set in my fantasy world of Silvery Earth. You can find it at DriveThruComics - the print version is brand new, I haven't even announced it on my blog yet. I had a print version done with Lulu, but I prefer this one - it's more comic-book-like! ;)
Here are some links:
the Facebook album https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...
(single issues are PDF only and I put the links there)
the DeviantART album http://barb65.deviantart.com/gallery/...
S.K.Y.B.A.N.D. (omnibus 1) by Barbara G.Tarn the Omnibus 1 buy link http://comics.drivethrustuff.com/prod...
S.K.Y.B.A.N.D. (Omnibus 2) by Barbara G.Tarn the Omnibus 2 buy link http://comics.drivethrustuff.com/prod...
p.s. now I feel very much like Donkey "Me! Me! Pick me!" - She-geek indeed... and I'm almost 50, LOL!


message 4: by Michelle (new)

Michelle (michellepotter) Anna, I'll have to look that up! My boys want to make their own comics.


message 5: by Barbara (new)

Barbara G. Tarn (BarbaraGTarn) | 75 comments Michelle wrote: "Anna, I'll have to look that up! My boys want to make their own comics."

I did my photocopied zine back in the 1990s, it's a brand new world also for comics, LOL! If they want a guide to format comics for e-readers, there's an excellent one on DriveThru (and no, I didn't write it, LOL): http://comics.drivethrustuff.com/prod...

happy creations!


message 6: by Anna (Bananas!) (last edited Nov 03, 2012 03:12PM) (new)

Anna  (Bananas!) | 758 comments That's awesome, Barbara. Did you do the art as well as the writing?
If I ever get my comic written I'm going to trick my brother into doing the art for me. I can barely draw a stick figure.

Michelle, here's the link to the first article by Kelly Thompson. The title alone is amusing. I really enjoyed all her articles on comics actually.

http://litreactor.com/columns/dont-wr...


This book has been helpful for me also:

http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Illustr...


message 7: by Barbara (last edited Nov 04, 2012 01:21AM) (new)

Barbara G. Tarn (BarbaraGTarn) | 75 comments Anna (Bananas!) wrote: "That's awesome, Barbara. Did you do the art as well as the writing?
If I ever get my comic written I'm going to trick my brother into doing the art for me. I can barely draw a stick figure.


I went to illustration school back in the 1980s... didn't pass the second year (brushes - watercolor, oil, acrylics - hate them!). But I enjoyed drawing, so I kept doing it. I read mostly French BDs back then, so I had to learn to put less frames on the page, LOL! Eventually I improved...

Here's a blog post about my evolution as a drawer:
http://creativebarbwire.wordpress.com...

And some kind of preview with latest muse(s):
http://creativebarbwire.wordpress.com...

In the 1990s I tried to work with artists who were better than me (mostly because BDs are usually collaborations between a writer and an artist - I wish I could have found an artist to work with). Have some done by a Japanese artist
http://www.lulu.com/shop/barbara-gtar...
I had an teen Indonesian girl, and a couple of my Italian friends... until in 2004 I met a great artist, we were supposed to do projects together, but there was one misunderstanding after another and I gave up drawing altogether for 4 years! :(

Then luckily I slowly went back to it... with this comic:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...
(actually, this one, but here you have the B&W version and it's for adults only, so click at your own risk, LOL)
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...


message 8: by Anna (Bananas!) (last edited Nov 04, 2012 04:46PM) (new)

Anna  (Bananas!) | 758 comments Bravo on pursuing what you love!

I'm getting back to writing myself. Started when I was in 3rd grade and kind of gave it up after college. Then I got more serious about it in the last year. I finished a couple short stories and am working on a book.


message 9: by Barbara (new)

Barbara G. Tarn (BarbaraGTarn) | 75 comments Anna (Bananas!) wrote: "Bravo on pursuing what you love!

I'm getting back to writing myself. Started when I was in 3rd grade and kind of gave it up after college. Then I got more serious about it in the last year. I fin..."


Yay! It's a good time to be a writer! :D


message 10: by Michelle (new)

Michelle (michellepotter) Thanks for the suggestions! :)


message 11: by Kelly (new)

Kelly (xitomatl) This is a great thread, I've loved reading everybody's responses! Barbara, I'll be looking up your comic for sure. I was also a zinester in the 1990's - they're certainly not as big as they once were (so it seems) but I absolutely adored them. It's how a lot of comics got their start.

Who else here creates there one comic? I can't believe Barbara is the only one!


message 12: by Barbara (new)

Barbara G. Tarn (BarbaraGTarn) | 75 comments Hi, reviving this thread to announce I've published my first she-geek comic, "15 years of creative barbwire". This is basically me and my crazy thoughts (imagining to be with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio first, Keanu Reeves and Hrithik Roshan lately) in the past 15 years...
I won't give buy links, but if anyone is interested, please let me know. Mods, if this post is improper, please let me know and I'll remove it. Thank you! :)


message 13: by Brian (new)

Brian Hawkins (blhawkins1109) | 2 comments Wow... This is a very interesting and informative thread and well, I happen to be a creator (writer). I write a new serial mystery comic book called I Am Michael Watcher. Here's a brief idea what it's about:

Luqas Cohen wakes up with two weeks of his life missing and with no recollection of what happened or where he's been. In addition to the missing time, he discovers that he now has a grisly tattoo on his abdomen that reads, "I Am Michael Watcher." What Luqas does not know, but will soon come to find out, is that the tattoo is the calling card of a killer that has killed three students that attend the same academy that he attends and during the same time he went missing. The mystery begins to stop the killer and find out WHO IS MICHAEL WATCHER?

The first two issues are free on gumroad.com. Here's are the links: www.gum.co/iamwthecomic and www.gum.co/IAMW2 Just type in iamw1 and iamw2 for the codes to get them for free. We also have a Kickstarter page with some pretty cool rewards: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...

Honestley, I would love any and all feedback so please let me know what you think.

Indebted,

Brian Hawkins


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