Cartoony Monster Movie Posters

Cartoony Monster Movie Posters

I have recently been working on a new series of illustrations to add to the Monster Gallery. I’ve been enjoying putting my cartoony take on classic monsters, but I wanted to show more than just the characters striking a pose. I came up with this idea to design cartoon parodies of the classic films these monsters were featured in. I’ve done a few of them so far and uploaded them to the Monster Gallery and they’ll be added to the store if anyone is interested in getting prints or shirts because I think this series is turning out great.

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Added to the Monster Gallery - Thanos, the Mad Titan

Added to the Monster Gallery - Thanos, the Mad Titan

I recently added a new monster to the Monster Gallery, Thanos, the Mad Titan. He’s been the main villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for quite some time. In Avengers: Infinity War his true evil comes to the forefront. I enjoyed putting a cartoony spin on this big purple baddy. Prints are also now available in the online store!

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The many ways to read a comic strip

The many ways to read a comic strip

Orders of the new Doctor Necromantic Comic Magazine have been very encouraging. I want to thank everyone who has ordered a copy. I am very proud with how it came out, with the newsprint pages and larger magazine format, I think it's awesome! When I started the strip I was very careful to come up with a design that could be enjoyed online as well as in print, but I can't help but feel a particular affinity towards seeing the finished comics in ink on paper. Even though I work digitally, it doesn’t feel "finished" until it's down on paper. I offer a wide variety of ways people consume the strip and my favorite by far is to read the strips back to back in a comic book.

Of course, most people are going experience the strip on the internet. I draw and design DN in the format of a traditional comic "strip", that is a series of panels laid out horizontally, and that is how I present it here on the DN site. However, I know that most people are consuming online content through their phone. So, I also took special care to make sure the strip would end up readable on people's handheld devices.

Each panel in the strip is square and after I finish each one I cut the image into a series of panels for posting online. This allows me to arrange the strip into a 2x2 format, making the whole strip a square for easier reading on smaller devices. I can also then post them as a series of panels to sites that support it, like Instagram and Webtoons.

Setting all this up ahead of time with templates and pre-set formats helps to streamline the process of publishing online. There are 7 different social media accounts I post the strip to, each with its own positive and negative aspects and audiences. That may be excessive and if I see an account isn't catching on I can eventually drop it.

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The First Six Months

The First Six Months

I recently started selling the first issue of the Doctor Necromantic Comic Magazine here on my site. The comic collects the first six months of strips into a larger than normal, magazine sized format on aged newsprint and inside a glossy cover. I'm very happy with how it turned out and glad to see orders going out the door to readers.

The release of the comic book marks a halfway point of my first year in publishing the strip online. In the time I've been writing and drawing the strip I've learned a lot about how webcomics work these days. Creating and uploading the comic is very different from when I was creating my previous comic back in 2007. Today social media plays a much larger role in gathering a readership and the digital tools I use to produce the strip have improved by quite a large margin.

So far I've been able to keep up with the publishing schedule I've set out for myself. Assuming I can keep the machine humming along I'll be set to publish a second issue by the end of the year and then continue with a bi-annual publishing schedule from then on.

I'm enjoying getting to know these characters. It's interesting how the more I write and drawn them the easier it becomes to know what they'll do in the situations I imagine. It's almost like they start telling me what they would say or how they would react. They're taking up residence in my head. The more they start steering the ship the easier it'll be to write for them. I wonder what they'll do next? 

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Maintaining my buffer

Maintaining my buffer

In terms of my comics a "buffer" refers to all the comic strips I've completed that have yet to be published online. It's all the comic strips I have sitting on my hard drive waiting to see the light of day.

When I first launched Doctor Necromantic I knew I wanted to maintain a buffer of strips just in case. In case of what? Well, whatever might come up. There are plenty of webcomic creators who are posting their strips as they get created. The problem with that is anything that might happen in one's life could easily disrupt the publishing schedule. I figure that if I want to maintain a schedule of updates I need a little wiggle room. Getting sick or injured, unplanned visitors, trips, just not feeling creative the day I sit down to work can all lead to delays in a strip getting finished.

Before I uploaded even the first strip I created about 5 weeks worth of comics. So far, I've been able to maintain that buffer, give or take, since launching in January. I currently have 6 weeks and a day in the buffer. Mentally it helps keep me on track and on schedule to chase that buffer more than the publishing schedule I've set out for myself, uploading a new strip 3 times a week. 

On top of the buffer of completed comic strips I maintain another buffer of scripts for the comic. My process includes sitting down to write out scripts for the comic ahead of time and I often will give myself what I call a "writing day" during which I will just write out as many scripts for comics as I can. This helps me course out the direction for the comic and also gives me a little distance between the initial idea and drawing it out. That "second look" at the script, when I look at it to draw it out, gives me a chance to edit the dialogue, to try and tighten it up, make it clearer or funnier if I can. 

Just having this creative process in place is helping me to keep on track with the buffer and, so far, the actual comic update schedule.

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