The difference between my experience of making a comic by hand versus using a digital tool was major. Not only did I find the digital comic more difficult, I had absolutely no knowledge of how to do it and could not find a way to match the comic’s quality to my handwritten one. I did manage to get it onto the hard drive however, so that’s a positive. The benefits with a hand drawn comic is that there is a bit more possibility with it. I was able to simply erase what I disliked and redraw it. I was also able to organize the frames more loosely, instead of being right next to each other. Finally, it was not difficult to draw what I wanted, choosing the words I wanted to use as well. A drawback with the handwritten method is that I could only draw and color to the best of my ability. This caused me to limit my picture choice a bit, as well the story. The lines are not straight either compared to the tools the digital method has. The digital method provided more variety in tools, allowing me to make straight lines and have the conversation font look clean. However, a drawback is that it was frustrating because I had little knowledge as to how to do it. This caused me to limit my story choice much more than the handwritten one. I also had to restrict my linguistic choices and image choice due to wanting it to fit in the word bubble. As well, I ended up using the same image three times due to me not wanting to draw more with my finger and phone. A block also appeared behind one of the images which I was unsure how to remove, so I left it.
The difference between reading a digital comic versus one on paper is not too different. If the digital comic is produced well, its manageable to read, even on a screen. However, there is something pleasant about having a comic in my hands because then I can look closer at each panel or image. Although, reading on screen creates this ability to read comic’s layout in a more variety of ways rather than just left to right as having it in hand would do.
Reading Scott McCloud’s, “Understanding Comics,” did not necessarily give me ideas when I was creating my digital comic, but it did give me some reassurance. His definition of a comic was more lenient than mine. I also did not feel so inclined to provide a beginning, middle and end when reading, so I decided to start in the middle of a conversation.