A lot can be said about a comic by the demographic the comic is created on. A printed comic, compared to a digital one, allows for a different spectrum of benefits and drawbacks. Textures, tools available, and spectrum of space all come together in creating the desired comic wanted by the creator.
My printed comic, My Amazing Life, was the first-hand drawn comic I have ever created. When crafting this comic on paper I felt as though I was doodling and the gestural mode’s I was able to create turned out better than in my digital comic. I found it to be easy to add texture, smaller details, and creative text bubbles that conveyed the message I was trying to get across in each box. Although, I found that the resources I had available to me were limited. I had a mechanical pencil and six broken colored pencils I had found lying around the house (I am a broke college student). When creating my digital comic, The Kannberg Family,I found this to be the least of my problems.
The digital comic I created had a completely different feel when compared to my printed comic. I was introduced to endless possibilities of digital tools and space needed to tell my story. The only problem is, I am not as informed on how to use these tools and space, so the creation of this comic was three times as slow compared to my hand-printed comic. In return though, my digital comic’s visual mode looking a lot more professional than my hand-drawn comic.
During this experience I found it to be a lot easier to work with Print over Digital, I could add a lot of smaller details and texters to my drawings that I couldn’t (or I just didn’t know how to) with the digital comic. In practicality though, a digital comic offers more possibilities with the almost unlimited tools available through the digital platform.
When reading a printed-out comic, compared to a digital comic, the difference between the two seems to be in how I retain the information. I retain information more when reading something in print form and find it hard to track material on a digital platform. Wither this is because of my dyslexia or not, I just find that there is something concrete about print. This is why I find comic theorist Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics easy to follow and apply.
Before working on my digital comic, I read the first chapter from his book. This gave me a better understanding of what a comic is and how to use space in sequential art to show that time is passed. I applied this to The Kannberg Family by telling more of a story in comparted to my hand-drawn comic. This was done by using sequential art that showed time passing by a car moving and then arriving at a school.