Print Versus Digital Comic: Joseph Alonso


I created this comic during the first week of DTC in August 2019.

When I was drawing the comics, the hardest thing to do was to come up with a story for the comic. The first comic, which was hand-drawn, is a take on how anxiety can feel to some people. You could be starting to feel happy, but then anxiety comes out of nowhere with something to ruin that. Drawing by hand can give you a better feel for what you are drawing, as my sister has said to me a few times in the past. You also have more freedom to draw what you want, with the only limitation being what materials you have on hand. However, if the comic were to be colored, I would have to fill in the shapes by hand, and I have gotten hand cramps before when drawing in this method.  Coloring in the shapes with colored pencils can also wear through them rather fast, as personal experience has told me.  My sister has definitely complained to me about going through them so fast when I color with them.


I created this comic during the second week of DTC August 2019.

My second comic, which was done in Microsoft Paint, was done without any full idea of what I would draw, so I drew the first thing that popped into my head when looking at the blank panels. After drawing it out and coloring it in, I noticed a common theme amongst the panels. They could all be interpreted as ways that different creatures have adventures. Such as the human dangling precariously from a ledge, or the goat climbing a mountain, or the dolphin jumping out of the water, and the monkey hanging from a tree.  MS Paint can make things simpler for using simple geometry in your comic, and the paint bucket tool makes coloring in the shapes a cinch. However, I was using my mouse, which led to less than straight lines and zero semblance of accuracy when trying to make curves. The color pallet is also limited despite the ability to create custom colors.

Reading comics is a pastime that many people enjoy. But when it comes to which kind people read, between paper and digital, the experience is both vastly different and largely the same. They are both comics, so the methods of reading them are the same. Paper comics are fun to read because there is something about being able to turn the pages that I can’t really put into words. Digital comics are more easily distributed through the internet, and more “with the times” as some might say due to more people having access to the internet.

Drawing a comic by hand or with a program on a computer are just different methods of creating the same medium. It doesn’t really matter which method you use as long as you are comfortable using it. After all, a comic is just another way to tell a story.

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