Final Web Comic: Bobby Brown

When it came time to both create and present my web comic in a digital space, I felt most inspired by the work of Eroyn Franklin’s work with web comics. The way she uses color against her backgrounds make her panels pop off the page, and I like the overall simplicity of everything. Since I’m able to control the amount of content seen on the page at a time, I took that to my advantage and put the majority of the action in the middle of the comic, which forces the reader to scroll. I guide the reader through my comic in a relatively traditional way, left to right, and down the page. I don’t expect the reader to do much more than a scrolling motion, but I’m hoping the contrasting colors from dark to bright will help catch their attention. One reason I specifically chose to go with Wix, is because of how simple it is to adjust your website to be viewed properly on mobile devices. I was able to adjust and test my website on my laptop, phone and iPad, and they all displayed it the way I intended it to be viewed.

An excerpt from my web comic “The Note’s Saving Grace,” created in Adobe Illustrator.

I was originally on the fence when I was trying to choose between Photoshop and Illustrator for my web comic project, but I chose to go with Illustrator simply because I didn’t want to deal with resolution based graphics. Even though I feel I have much more experience in Photoshop which would’ve made assembling everything easier, the constant resizing of assets would have become extremely frustrating over time. I felt somewhat nervous to attempt to build a website from scratch, so I chose to use a template based website on Wix. While this gave me a large amount of freedom when it came to the overall layout of my website and colors, I originally wanted my comic to scroll horizontally rather than vertically, but Wix does not allow for horizontal scrolling anymore. While this slightly changed the way I wanted my comic to be viewed, I’m still happy with what I was able to do. Bringing my comic from Illustrator into Wix was originally somewhat frustrating as well, because my individual panels were not staying where I wanted them to on the page, especially when viewed on a mobile device. I ended up bringing these panels back into Illustrator and laying them all out on a 11×17 canvas, then uploading that image to my website. Since my websites background matches the white background on my Illustrator canvas, it makes it feel like my comic panels are floating on the page. While I didn’t necessarily learn any new tools in Illustrator this time around, I did spend more time creating custom shapes using the Pathfinder tool. I also realized just how time consuming the creation of a website can take, even if you’re using a software based creation tool to do it.

My comic online: https://bobsteriffic.wixsite.com/thenotesadventures/comics/manage-your-blog-from-your-live-site

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