April 15, 2010
Page 47 Book 4: Howling History
[Insert cliche party-bang joke here]
On a rather more critical note, experimented with a new frame method while I was making this comic. Normally, the pages are a selection of similar or identically-sized rectangles neatly packed together. The black borders around each section are the frames. Quite on a whim I made a new layer and called it “experimental” and came up with this alternative view. It involved putting a big page-sized rectangle over everything and then selectively cutting new shapes out of it to reveal the action underneath, while the dialogue bubbles stayed above the experimental layer (Because I put it below the Dialogue layer, naturally), similar to how I made the frames in page 45.
Still not quite like reading a professional graphic novel but looks quite good in my opinion, though I’d like your (the reader’s) input before I go ahead with it more regularly.
It took next to no time for me to do, so let me know if you prefer this new frame style over the existing one.