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Forum Staff
2009-02-03, 11:16 PM
Since thread creation in this forum will need moderator clearance, this thread will be for general discussions about the fan comics and the new forum. That way you don't have to start a new thread for such.

If you are thinking of doing a fan comic or want to discuss the fan comic phenomenon as a whole, this is the place to talk about it.

Bayar
2009-02-04, 02:47 AM
Well, after more than one year fan comics flooded Arts & Crafts, we got our very own board to spam fill with wonderful creations of our own :biggrin:

I think that this is a great accomplishment, and would like to thank every webcomic artist that contributed so far, and welcome new artists to the "club" .

Jimor
2009-02-04, 03:44 AM
There's a possible hybrid solution to how to post the comic images so that the 1st page of the thread doesn't bog down with image downloading.

When there's a new strip, post the inline image in that new post only, then go to the opening post and edit in a link to that new post. This way the images are within the structure of the forum, but the images are spread throughout the pages of the thread.

Lyinginbedmon
2009-02-04, 08:09 AM
Since thread creation in this forum will need moderator clearance...

If this is the case, what do we do when the current ABR discussion thread hits 50 pages?

Also, the current ABR comic thread is still in the Arts and Crafts forum, it really needs to be moved here to be nice and cosy with it's brethren :smallsmile:

Forum Staff
2009-02-04, 09:01 AM
If this is the case, what do we do when the current ABR discussion thread hits 50 pages?

Pretty much the same as before: Designate someone to start a new one, but then wait for a moderator to activate it. Since a moderator is needed to lock the old one anyway, they'll know they need to look in the queue for the new thread to be approved.


Also, the current ABR comic thread is still in the Arts and Crafts forum, it really needs to be moved here to be nice and cosy with it's brethren :smallsmile:

Will do.

Haruki-kun
2009-02-04, 09:54 AM
There's a possible hybrid solution to how to post the comic images so that the 1st page of the thread doesn't bog down with image downloading.

When there's a new strip, post the inline image in that new post only, then go to the opening post and edit in a link to that new post. This way the images are within the structure of the forum, but the images are spread throughout the pages of the thread.

I usually just post the newest two or three comics in the first post and throw the older ones into the archive (links).

Dallas-Dakota
2009-02-04, 10:07 AM
There's a possible hybrid solution to how to post the comic images so that the 1st page of the thread doesn't bog down with image downloading.

When there's a new strip, post the inline image in that new post only, then go to the opening post and edit in a link to that new post. This way the images are within the structure of the forum, but the images are spread throughout the pages of the thread.
Y'see.
That would indeed, make it have all the strips in the thread.
But 1 Some strips post comics faster then the rate of page-growing then 1-1, which would imply that they need to wait before they can actually post a comic.
2 It would imply that readers would have to search through the whole thread if they want to (re) read the comic and just not the last update.

BRC
2009-02-04, 10:45 AM
Woah, a Nifty thread...

Read My Comic! And vote on it!

Jimor
2009-02-04, 11:24 AM
Y'see.
That would indeed, make it have all the strips in the thread.
But 1 Some strips post comics faster then the rate of page-growing then 1-1, which would imply that they need to wait before they can actually post a comic.

No. Assuming just 2 reaction posts per comic, you'd have 10 updates per 30-post thread page. Waiting for 10 comic images to load, or even 30 if it's all update posts on that page, is much better than a page with 100+ images.


2 It would imply that readers would have to search through the whole thread if they want to (re) read the comic and just not the last update.

Again no. ALL the links to the individual update posts are still in that first thread post. The comic creator has the option of either using a link that only displays that post, or can link to the post with the surrounding thread intact.

Those who are regular readers only have to use the "last page" link to get to the new stuff and will only have a few images at most to download. If all the images are in that first page, it gets harder and harder to read the longer the comic gets.

Person1123
2009-02-04, 03:28 PM
Meh. I just have the most recent comic and the cast as spoilered images and the rest as links. It's much simpler than most, and still makes it fairly user-friendly.

Trizap
2009-02-12, 01:38 AM
I've got an idea for a comic.

but it isn't based on DnD, in fact the setting itself is very far from DnD.
Its closer to sci-fi than fantasy, it takes place on a parallel-universe Earth, about 51 years into the future, and due to a series of events starting from the Year 2030, humanity sets off a series of cataclysms and wars creating powerful bio-engineered races in the process, most of them turn on them and to this day, are still hostile to humans. Humanities only hope lies in a race of bio-engineered super-soldiers called Lightbringers, the closest of all of these Bio-engineered people to humanity. but this is not my setting, this is the setting of a friend.

for more information, click this link (http://trce.proboards25.com/index.cgi?board=cathisttime)

I can inkscape pretty well, I can come up with a good story and I have a good sense of humor. I just thought I would run my idea by you, people who
are experienced at this, before making it.

the comic itself is about a dysfunctional team of Lightbringers who
keep getting into bad situations.

Bayar
2009-02-13, 07:57 PM
Hey, I was drawing schetches and trying to come up with a proper script for a new webcomic. Just to gauge some interest: would anyone be interested in a more magitech webcomic ?

Tiffanie Lirle
2009-02-13, 08:01 PM
Hey, I was drawing schetches and trying to come up with a proper script for a new webcomic. Just to gauge some interest: would anyone be interested in a more magitech webcomic ?

Depends if you can explain both
A) What's Magitech? Google ain't helpin me here.

and

B) Are you actually gonna stick with this one? You do have sort of a history with webcomics. :smalltongue:

Bayar
2009-02-13, 08:05 PM
1. Magitech: technology that uses magic to run. Like rocket launchers that throw alchemical substances that are composed of a steel tube and a rune of Launch item at the end. Or an hollowed out iron golem used as a mecha. Or wands wielded as guns. that sort of thing.

2. Yes I know :sigh:. That is why i am asking before, and this time, I wont post the thing until I get at least 10 strips done in advance.

Edit: 3: What a coincidence, me too :biggrin:

Assassin89
2009-02-13, 08:16 PM
I might try to create a comic based on my D&D group, but I am not sure when I will get to drawing the images.

The difficulty I would encounter is drawing magmins, warforged, goliaths, and a set of strange armor.

Salty
2009-06-14, 05:05 PM
I'm considering posting an OotS-Style comic that I have been writing here, but could anyone tell me how strict the profanity rules are? Thanks :smallbiggrin:

Green-Shirt Q
2009-06-14, 05:22 PM
I'm considering posting an OotS-Style comic that I have been writing here, but could anyone tell me how strict the profanity rules are? Thanks :smallbiggrin:

Same rules apply to webcomics as they do to regular discussion. If you can't say it in a normal post, you probably can't say it in a comic.

Salty
2009-06-14, 05:41 PM
Same rules apply to webcomics as they do to regular discussion. If you can't say it in a normal post, you probably can't say it in a comic.

Yeah, I remember reading that, I just don't know what exactly wouldn't be allowed in a post, and I don't want to risk getting an infraction trying to figure it out.

Green-Shirt Q
2009-06-14, 05:49 PM
Yeah, I remember reading that, I just don't know what exactly wouldn't be allowed in a post, and I don't want to risk getting an infraction trying to figure it out.

Well, try to use your common sense. I'm sure minor words like crap, bitch, and @ss, while perhaps all not tolerated by the forum swear-proofer, can go under the radar in comics. Just avoid using really big swear words, like the F-word or S-word, and I'm sure you'll be fine.

Mad Mask
2009-06-14, 05:53 PM
If it's used in OotS, it's fine.

At least, that's my opinion. :smallsmile:

Salty
2009-06-14, 05:53 PM
Okay, thanks! :smallsmile:

Babale
2009-06-20, 11:45 AM
Hey.

Not sure if this is where to post it, but I posted a thread for my new comic two days ago, and it still hadn't been uploaded.

Yes, the thread had a strip.

So, what do I do?

Green-Shirt Q
2009-06-20, 11:57 AM
Hey.

Not sure if this is where to post it, but I posted a thread for my new comic two days ago, and it still hadn't been uploaded.

Yes, the thread had a strip.

So, what do I do?

You wait. The mods have to approve it.

It's stupid way of doing things? Perhaps. But you have to wait. It's the way things are.

Squark
2009-07-16, 08:05 PM
Also posted this in the ABR discussion thread, but I'll post it here.


I'm interested in reviving my other old comic, Lizards and Labyrinths, but with someone else doing the art (since mine is kind of bad). Is anyone interested? PM me if so. (I'm thinking of revising the plot and adding characters anyway, so I can use some feedback)

A brief blurb of what the basic theme is going to be: When Editions Collide (dealing with a world stuck in the limbo between 3.5 and 4e) I was thinking of following a couple of parties, just for the record.

Vwulf DeMarcus
2009-08-25, 09:08 AM
According to the Fan Comic Guidelines thread, a comic can't be posted here if it has it's own URL, or something? I plan on making a comic with it hosted on my family's website. Could someone clarify whether I can do that or not?

Rae Artemi
2009-08-25, 04:38 PM
@^:Is it OOTS style? Will you be announcing the updates on your family's website? Will there be a place to view the comic in it's entirety(sp?) on your family's site (you know, with an archive, next and previous buttons, etc.)

Vwulf DeMarcus
2009-08-25, 06:18 PM
@^:Is it OOTS style? Will you be announcing the updates on your family's website? Will there be a place to view the comic in it's entirety(sp?) on your family's site (you know, with an archive, next and previous buttons, etc.)

1. Yes
2. Huh?:smallconfused:
3. Yes

SinisterPenguin
2009-08-25, 06:33 PM
1. Yes
2. Huh?:smallconfused:
3. Yes

If it's OOTS style, then you can make the thread here.

Rae Artemi
2009-08-26, 04:25 PM
If it's OOTS style, then you can make the thread here.

yes, but he cannot post the actual comic here, he can only provide links when it updates.

MeTheGameGuy
2009-12-22, 07:56 PM
Is the OotS art style under copyright? Obviously, the actual characters, scenarios, locations and so on are owned by The Giant. Does the art style fall under the same copyright? Does it have a specific copyright license (like, say, Creative Commons)?

Fay Graydon
2009-12-22, 08:56 PM
Is the OotS art style under copyright? Obviously, the actual characters, scenarios, locations and so on are owned by The Giant. Does the art style fall under the same copyright? Does it have a specific copyright license (like, say, Creative Commons)?

Simple answer: No

Picasso couldn't exactly say that his art style was 100% his own AND then copyright it...
However, if you were to pain one of his pictures or use one of his paintings as part of your own, yes it would be.

So if we were to use Roy, or V in one of our own comics without his permission that would be copyright.
But simply using his style is not.

I hope this has helped :smallsmile:

MeTheGameGuy
2009-12-22, 09:01 PM
I hope this has helped :smallsmile:

Ah, thanks. That makes sense. :smallsmile:

Fay Graydon
2009-12-22, 09:26 PM
Ah, thanks. That makes sense. :smallsmile:

Hehehe... Now there's something that I dont hear often :smallbiggrin:
Glad to be of help.

Darklord Bright
2009-12-22, 09:29 PM
The way I see it, apart from his actual characters, you can't really copyright stick figures.

CrimsonAngel
2009-12-22, 09:30 PM
*generally discusses fan comics.

MeTheGameGuy
2009-12-23, 12:45 AM
The way I see it, apart from his actual characters, you can't really copyright stick figures.

Well, you could copyright the ratio of eye sizes. Or the male (rectangular) and female (sort of bean-shaped) body designs. Or the various kinds of eyebrows. :smalltongue:

Darklord Bright
2009-12-23, 02:35 AM
Well, you could copyright the ratio of eye sizes. Or the male (rectangular) and female (sort of bean-shaped) body designs. Or the various kinds of eyebrows. :smalltongue:

You can't really copyright rectangles and beans. :smalltongue:

MeTheGameGuy
2009-12-23, 02:44 AM
You can't really copyright rectangles and beans. :smalltongue:

You could, uh... copyright the use of rectangles or beans to represent specific shapes? :smallwink:

MethosH
2010-01-10, 07:34 PM
You could, uh... copyright the use of rectangles or beans to represent specific shapes? :smallwink:

Err... I don't think you can. You can copyright a image if it represents a logo or a character. If you could could copyright a certain style I would go out copyrighting every single art style and trademark-troll the artists for money :smallbiggrin:


Anyway.... I came here to talk about something...

I'm thinking of starting a "Comic Lab" thread here. A place to the authors and artists to post experimental comics and discuss comics technics. Should I do it or you guys think it will end up forgoten and unloved?

Maximum Zersk
2010-01-10, 07:40 PM
Err... I don't think you can. You can copyright a image if it represents a logo or a character. If you could could copyright a certain style I would go out copyrighting every single art style and trademark-troll the artists for money :smallbiggrin:


Anyway.... I came here to talk about something...

I'm thinking of starting a "Comic Lab" thread here. A place to the authors and artists to post experimental comics and discuss comics technics. Should I do it or you guys think it will end up forgoten and unloved?

I'd be willing to help out with the lab.

DoctorIllithid
2010-01-17, 10:59 AM
Heya, can someone tell me how to break apart objects in Inkscape?

icastflare!
2010-02-21, 08:04 PM
about how long does It take for a comic to be approved by the moderators?

Darklord Bright
2010-02-21, 10:04 PM
about how long does It take for a comic to be approved by the moderators?

For me it was somewhere between a couple days and a week.

Teutonic Knight
2010-02-22, 10:03 PM
Do fan comics have to be funny? Or can they just be like normal comics only drawn in OotS-style?

Tiffanie Lirle
2010-02-22, 10:11 PM
Do fan comics have to be funny? Or can they just be like normal comics only drawn in OotS-style?
Funny is optional. If you want to make a comic just telling a story then I'm pretty sure that's fine.

But a little humor once in a while doesn't hurt. :smalltongue:

Teutonic Knight
2010-02-22, 10:39 PM
Funny is optional. If you want to make a comic just telling a story then I'm pretty sure that's fine.

But a little humor once in a while doesn't hurt. :smalltongue:

Of course. Witty dialogue and comical characters are needed, but I just wanted to make sure that they don't have to be like OotS dropping references and disintegrating the 4th wall every few panels.

Darklord Bright
2010-02-22, 10:42 PM
Of course. Witty dialogue and comical characters are needed, but I just wanted to make sure that they don't have to be like OotS dropping references and disintegrating the 4th wall every few panels.

Mine began semi-funny, but if you read on it definitely isn't the point of the comic. It also doesn't break the fourth wall when it makes jokes :smalltongue:

MethosH
2010-09-15, 07:48 PM
DAMN! I'm missing Q's comic reviews! There is so many new comics! I would like to know where to start! :smallfrown:

HalfTangible
2010-09-30, 05:05 PM
DAMN! I'm missing Q's comic reviews! There is so many new comics! I would like to know where to start! :smallfrown:

I like the one in your sig =(

EDIT: The big sig. one that isn't in a spoiler

Darklord Bright
2010-10-20, 04:16 AM
I am very tempted to create some sort of comic guide, talking about things that are overused and giving ideas on how to spice it up a bit. I figure I'd have to make comics for it though, but it could be fun talking about overused and underused things and some tips and such of writing comics... it'd probably descend into ranty territory if I wasn't careful, but it'd be fun just to try and be helpful and talk about genres and suchwhat.

Zexion
2010-10-22, 04:46 PM
I am very tempted to create some sort of comic guide, talking about things that are overused and giving ideas on how to spice it up a bit. I figure I'd have to make comics for it though, but it could be fun talking about overused and underused things and some tips and such of writing comics... it'd probably descend into ranty territory if I wasn't careful, but it'd be fun just to try and be helpful and talk about genres and suchwhat.
That sounds like a good idea. Use tvtropes as a reference. :smallbiggrin:

Darklord Bright
2010-10-22, 06:52 PM
That sounds like a good idea. Use tvtropes as a reference. :smallbiggrin:

I like TvTropes, but my answer to using it as a reference for anything is: No.

BRC
2010-10-22, 07:13 PM
I like TvTropes, but my answer to using it as a reference for anything is: No.

Inspiration maybe, but not as a Reference.
You might want to include select pieces of advice from other fancomicers.

Here's my piece of advice: never assume people will read anything but the actual archives. Character profiles and supplementry writing is a great way to flesh out a story, but it should always be able to stand up on the comics alone.
If people need to read anything but the comics to follow the story, you're doing something wrong.

Bayar
2010-10-24, 09:18 AM
I am very tempted to create some sort of comic guide, talking about things that are overused and giving ideas on how to spice it up a bit. I figure I'd have to make comics for it though, but it could be fun talking about overused and underused things and some tips and such of writing comics... it'd probably descend into ranty territory if I wasn't careful, but it'd be fun just to try and be helpful and talk about genres and suchwhat.

Would you mind if I occasionally post some of my own pointers and rants in your thread ? The fact is I wanted to do this for a while now...but got lazy :biggrin:

Darklord Bright
2010-10-24, 04:20 PM
Would you mind if I occasionally post some of my own pointers and rants in your thread ? The fact is I wanted to do this for a while now...but got lazy :biggrin:

I am, at the moment, trying to figure out if it goes in Fan Comics or Arts and Crafts, due to not actually containing any comics.

Ninjaman
2011-01-21, 04:51 PM
Hey guys i was thinking of making a sci-fy roleplay comic, where i would have a couple of members each controling a character, and then make a comic to represent it oncein a while. What do you think oof that idea?

ImmortalLiam
2011-02-07, 12:59 AM
So, I have two friends. One is an art major, and has been having a comic drawing craze as of late. The other is a computer major, but he has a vow of silence type deal (its kinda complicated) so he cant get on a forum and ask this himself, thus they designated me. First, my art friend wants to make a website to showcase his comics. He intends to start doing them on a regular basis, then adding them online. Not like a story, but more like VG cats or penny arcade. The whole random adventure of the week. They will be based on our everyday life, and the craziness that happens. Now, we have our computer friend to help us get it going, but I will be the voice of the site we make (his vow prevents him from typing as well). So, he wants to copy right his work, and we need a good free site, at least to get started on it. If it gets popular, or we get a loyal fan base, we will pay for a better site. So, any suggestions about this plan of ours? Sorry the post was so long :smalleek:

Oppolo
2011-08-27, 02:43 PM
So, I have two friends. One is an art major, and has been having a comic drawing craze as of late. The other is a computer major, but he has a vow of silence type deal (its kinda complicated) so he cant get on a forum and ask this himself, thus they designated me. First, my art friend wants to make a website to showcase his comics. He intends to start doing them on a regular basis, then adding them online. Not like a story, but more like VG cats or penny arcade. The whole random adventure of the week. They will be based on our everyday life, and the craziness that happens. Now, we have our computer friend to help us get it going, but I will be the voice of the site we make (his vow prevents him from typing as well). So, he wants to copy right his work, and we need a good free site, at least to get started on it. If it gets popular, or we get a loyal fan base, we will pay for a better site. So, any suggestions about this plan of ours? Sorry the post was so long :smalleek:

This was asked a long time ago, so I'm sure you've found your answer. But if not, I'd advise starting up a website. It doesn't take much money to register a domain name, only like $15 a year, and you wouldn't need much bandwidth unless you got popular.
Tell your tech-savvy friend to google wordpress (a blog template for your website), and then comicpress (which edits the wordpress template to make it a webcomic website).

If you'd like to get some practice in before you make your website (to make sure you can stick to an update schedule before you commit), just use deviantart, tumblr or a free online blog service. I wouldn't advise using an online webcomic hosting service, as some have sticky agreement terms that mean they can sell your art in return for hosting you. Google online hosting sites for testimonials before you use them.


edit: Also, tell your artist friend to be very careful if he's including himself and his friends in the comic. Often these comics become clichť (friends and their talking cat sitting on a couch playing computer games, with one female character who's snarky and cool!), or become full of in-jokes that aren't funny to anybody but the author and his friends.
It might be a good idea to brainstorm some original characters, and an original setting. What haven't you seen done before? Maybe your characters are firemen/women sat around the break room, waiting for the siren to ring and having a laugh in the meantime? You can then incorporate real-life experiences into your new characters.

Lord Raziere
2011-10-11, 09:00 PM
I have a new idea for a comic...

Bio-Exalted
What if Bioware made an Exalted videogame? What if they had all the money in the world and all the best technology to go with it to simulate Exalted's awesome? It would probably turn out something like this:
Age of Sorrows:
Return of the Solars
You are a Solar Exalted. You are the reincarnation of one of the former god-kings of Creation, and you have returned to retake your rightful place from its usurpers- but you must gather followers, for what is a king without his subjects?
featuring companions such as:
A Dragon-Blooded who is bad at working in a team
A Lunar who hates shapeshifting
An Abyssal who believes he is irredeemable
A Yozi-loyalist, anti-reclamation Infernal
Another Solar, who doubts he can do anything to change the world
another Lunar, who is completely obsessed with her Solar mate- you.
A sociopathic but hilarious Alchemical
a coldly logical Fair Folk.
Weirdest. Sidereal. Ronin. Ever.

The entire thing would be an affectionate parody of bioware's games. except since its Exalted, it would also be awesome.

CountD
2012-10-19, 01:13 PM
So I attempted to post a fan comic a week ago, but no moderator ever passed it through. Does it usually take this long, or was my comic rejected?

Darklord Bright
2012-10-19, 09:37 PM
I think my various comics have all taken about a week and a bit to go through. Usually I use that time to make more comics to fill the buffer, so I have stuff to post over the weeks after it goes up

Emperor Ing
2012-10-19, 10:01 PM
It's been a LOOOONG time since I had to make a thread, but IIRC it took 2 days for WTwU thread 2 to go up. Of course that was a while ago.

Yeah, make moar comics to give potential readers material to follow.

Tiffanie Lirle
2012-10-20, 02:52 AM
Having just started Ooze a couple months ago, I can confirm that the waiting time for confirmation has gotten a bit longer than what it used to be.

*shrugs*

CountD
2012-10-20, 04:25 PM
That's cool. I just want to make sure that it's going up eventually.

And I have been making more comics. I've been posting them on another website community I'm a part of as a sort of "hay guys check out this thing I'm doing" thing. I've finished up the five issue prologue and am now working on chapter one. I hope you guys enjoy it whenever it gets put up here.

LTDave
2012-10-25, 12:58 AM
I have a similar issue - posted a comic about a week ago now - nothing happened.

Not complaining - just not refraining.

Darklord Bright
2012-10-25, 08:22 PM
If you're particularly worried about it, pass a PM to one of the subsection mods, maybe. I'm not sure, I always just waited a week or two and then it was there.

king_clumsy
2012-12-31, 07:47 AM
I've had an idea thats been going around my head for quite some time. I've tried to write a dark comedy as well as a serious mystery set in this universe. both failed.

I'd love to write a more casual comic to counter writing The Hereafter (see my sig) which has an ongoing plot and updates a page a week.

The idea I had was a either a modern fantasy world with offices and politicians and whatnot or at least a look nto the lives of the NPCs that keep the world running for adventuers. A cross between the two could be good (not unlike the OotS world) with a schizo tech/somethingPunk feel to it.

My current idea is showing people holding down boring NPC jobs in this world. Namely a halfling starting work at a big financial corporation thats run by a Lich (who's undead to avoid paying tax and to avoid giving his company up)

I dont know where it'd go from here. Nor do I know how I'd do the art, anyone interested?

Zmeoaice
2013-04-02, 10:58 PM
Could we create a comic taking place in the OOtSverse in different style than stickdolls and have it be hosted on another site? I get that one wouldn't want free advertisements for non related strips, but the comics that are about OOtS should be able to be hosted on their own site since using a forum board to host comics is a pain, and I don't see why style has to be the key when just saying it takes place in OOtSVerse is enough.


The idea I had was a either a modern fantasy world with offices and politicians and whatnot or at least a look nto the lives of the NPCs that keep the world running for adventuers. A cross between the two could be good (not unlike the OotS world) with a schizo tech/somethingPunk feel to it.

My current idea is showing people holding down boring NPC jobs in this world. Namely a halfling starting work at a big financial corporation thats run by a Lich (who's undead to avoid paying tax and to avoid giving his company up)

I dont know where it'd go from here. Nor do I know how I'd do the art, anyone interested?

Perhaps a coal mine? And I might find the time to do the art, it seems simple enough. Although I'm just getting the hang of vector graphics.

Teutonic Knight
2013-04-02, 11:21 PM
I don't think you can make any kind of fan project with specifically OotS related content. Here is the official post that says you can't:


Use of The Order of the Stick Characters, Places, and Other Trademarks
Generally speaking, you are not permitted to make fan comics that tell the stories of any of the characters of The Order of the Stick or feature any of the places that exist in the comic, such as Azure City. These names and likenesses are trademarked by Giant in the Playground and cannot be used without specific permission. There are a few situations where it may be deemed acceptable:

A cameo appearance, defined now as an appearance that is confined to a single strip of the comic series, done for humor or contrast. Essentially, this constitutes a parody of sorts, and as such is considered Fair Use. Note that the character should not have any meaningful influence on the plot, and the event should not be referenced repeatedly in future comics. For example, itís OK for your characters to stop and ask Durkon for directions to the nearest tavern in one panel and then never mention it again. It is not OK for Durkon to give them their sacred quest to fulfill Thorís prophecy--which will comprise several dozen strips of story--even if Durkonís entire appearance is limited to one strip.
Similarly, place names can be mentioned briefly, in passing, but your characters may not go there and spend 100 strips exploring the surroundings. They can say that the dungeon is 15 miles north of Cliffport in one panel, but they cannot go on a 10-strip shopping spree in the city first.

We ask that in any strip where an existing OOTS character appears, you include the following notice in the image file (usually along the bottom):
Quote:
<Character name>ô created by Rich Burlew, used under OOTS Fan Comic Guidelines.

It doesn't say specifically about content hosted off-site but I still wouldn't. You could instead do a thinly-veiled parody of the OotSverse? As for stick format, you do not have to stick to stick format when drawing OotS-related stuff. That's just our choice to pay homage to the Giant. And because we can't draw in any other way.

Darklord Bright
2013-07-25, 07:08 PM
So... this thread doesn't get used a whole lot, does it? I can see old posts from three years ago if I just go back a page, there.

Anyhow, that's not the point of this post. I just had a general question for this subsection, and there isn't really anywhere else more appropriate to do it than our official discussion thread.

The Question: When it comes to fancomics, if we ignore art-style considerations for a moment, is there anything people don't see often here that they wish they did? Things they think they see too much of?

You know, like genre and plot and things like that.

Just figured this thread is here, and we may as well use it for some good ol' discussions. :smalltongue:

Teutonic Knight
2013-07-31, 04:27 AM
Were you talking about fancomics on this particular forum or elsewhere on the Internet? Cause I personally have not seen many fancomics in their original form, most have evolved into fully-fledged webcomics of their own.

Anyway, simply put I would just like to see more fancomics here on the forum. Never mind if they are "typical Dnd stories", as long as you realize that and keep them fresh with interesting characters, or a non-generic setting or plot point, then I would like to read that. Especially if played seriously and not trying to make a joke every comic. Otherwise if you can come up with an even seemingly original concept, do it. Withing reason, of course.

Personally, I would like to see more original fantasy settings. The further away from classic Dnd would be nice, since there's already so much of that here, and it would help your comic stand out.

Actually doesn't this discussion turn into a "what story elements do you like?" kind of discussion? Discuss. :smalltongue:

Darklord Bright
2013-07-31, 06:06 AM
Actually doesn't this discussion turn into a "what story elements do you like?" kind of discussion? Discuss. :smalltongue:

Well, I sort of figured that there were probably things people liked that they didn't see a lot here, even if they did get their fill of other things they like.

And I'd tend to agree with you, myself. While RPG comics are par for the course in a community of what is mostly RPG fans, I'd certainly like to see more things that didn't really deal with D&D mechanics and the like. The Giant's own comic does that very well, and that's some pretty stiff competition. :smalltongue:

My biggest problem with my last comic project, Of Books and Barbarians, was sort of related to this. I'd penned myself in with a generic fantasy setting, and I just couldn't get into writing a setting like that.

For me, backdrop is very important to my enjoyment of a story. Background details shouldn't obscure the characters or the plot, but they're part of what changes a story from bland to a little more flavourful and interesting. They're the hooks used to catch the fish and pull them into your great big plot-boat. Or something. I'm bad with metaphors.

I'm no good at Sci-Fi, but it'd be nice to see more of that, too.

Emperor Ing
2013-08-02, 11:12 PM
I've been doing these comics for four years and I still have no idea what i'm doing :smalltongue:

Teutonic Knight
2013-11-30, 12:31 AM
Anybody know why the list of threads is slowly getting smaller? And where do the ones that have fallen too low on the list gone? Are they gone forever?

Emperor Ing
2013-11-30, 01:37 AM
If you remember their names you could search for the threads on google, I imagine they're archived.

But basically, there are comics that don't get updated so there's no reason for them to eat forum bandwidth.

Darklord Bright
2013-12-01, 04:36 PM
By default, the forum has recently started showing only threads from the last 45 days. If you change that back, you'll see them again.

The reason for this is that 45 days is the necro cut-off date now, I think? Something like that.

Fay Graydon
2014-04-02, 04:33 AM
I'm no good at Sci-Fi, but it'd be nice to see more of that, too.

I think I got that covered if my new thread ever gets posted :smallbiggrin: