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    This is my first webcomic and the art and writing will improve over time as new comics are made. The main comic will update weekly on Mondays and Fridays and there will be shorts on Wednesdays(The shorts will be either short comedies or insight into the characters including some side characters). I place the grade of art somewhere between My Name is Q and Failing Saves.

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    Strip 1: Ye Olde Wizard's Wand
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    Strip 3:Abyssal Woman
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    Strip 4:Wrong type of Party
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    Strip 5:Barsteward!
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    Strip 6:The Barmaid and the Thief.
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    Strip 8:Identity Crisis
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    Strip 9:Isn't the town surprisingly empty?
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    Short 1:Time is of the Essence
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    Short 2:Reconstruction
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    Short 3:Change in Perspective
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    Short 4: Attack of the Gnomes
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    Short 6:Brother from another...comic?
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    Looking forward to any feedback you guys have. By the way, I am aware that there are many OOTS-style webcomics and I'm not just making this because loads of other people are, It's a premise I've been interested in for a while and I have no real artistic ability so the OOTS style is there for convenience, it also has the bonus of being shockingly effective and deceptively complex.
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    Hmm... I'll be watching this. If you ever need pointers on the art, just PM me. Two suggestions, however: One: make the text bigger, it's barely legible. Two: in OotS, the feet usually are on a floor with in going back some more. To see what I mean just check the comic.

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    not bad, looks interesting
    i'll keep an eye on you

    the lettering could be a bit larger but other then that I liked it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oregano View Post
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    I will be watching this. I highly suggest that you make the text slightly bigger.
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    Thanks for the pointers Phase, I noticed that text was small when I posted it, but I'm having trouble seeing the actual comic as I dropped my keyboard and my IE seems to have zoomed in, so it's looks all jaggedy.

    I'll be sure to PM if I have any problems with the art.

    EDIT: I just realised what you meant Phase, I been treating the bottom of the panel as the floor, sadly as I'm drawing them ahead of time, you won't see the change until the fourth strip, but the frist short shall have a floor, even though that sounds daft.

    EDIT2: Made the text bigger and the text in all following comics shall be larger and more readable.
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    Hey, another webcomic! I read way too many of these... Anyways, I had the urge to compliment you on your choice of color scheme, which probably sounds odd. It has a nice taverny feel.

    I will agree with Phase on the ground thing, the people look a bit like they're floating, other than that, nice work.
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    Pretty darn good art, at least compared with some webcomics on the forums. One thing that really needs fixing: the transitions. A couple of the between-panel shots seem a bit wierd. Otherwise, I like it!
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    Looks interesting.

    I shall be reading... hopefully...
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    Thanks guys, what exactly do you mean Beholder1995, do you mean the reaction shot or how the lines of the frame aren't matched up perfectly?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oregano View Post
    Thanks guys, what exactly do you mean Beholder1995, do you mean the reaction shot or how the lines of the frame aren't matched up perfectly?
    Take panels 4 and 5. It just doesn't seem smooth how, in one panel the dude is smiling, and the next his arms are up and he's all . If I were to fix it, I'd put his arms down. I mean, in that situation would the guy really throw his arms up? He probably wouldn't be doing that unless he was running. Just a tip, though. For example, if two people were talking and one mentioned someting shocking to the other, the one who is shocked would just bulge his eyes, like so: While some of the facial expressions/body language seem off, the premises are interesting and I will follow this.
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    Ahh, I see what you mean, that's meant to show just how terrified he is because he knows who the woman is, and it's generally to show extreme shock compared to the mild shock of Casey(Halfling) who's only shocked because of the response of Guv(the Barman). It may be a problem though.

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    I hope this doesn't count as a double post, but I've decided to post tomorrow's strip a day early as I'll be at Alton Towers tomorrow(a theme park for those of you outside the UK) so I probably wouldn't get on my computer till late.

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    Additionally although I only have two comics(three if you include the Cast comic) I'm going to begin making promotional material.
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    If I may ask, what program do you use?
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    I'm currently using Inkscape, your curiousity has made me curious?

    If you know a more appropiate program, I'm open to suggestions.
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    No, Inkscape is what I use. It is awesome.

    I was just wondering so that I could tell you that it would be much better for future issues if you round the ends of the strokes. You can do that, if you dont already know, by double-clicking on 'stroke' and going from there.
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    Hmm, I didn't know that but I noticed when I did speaking mouths(is that correct?) it did go curved at the end and did look better in that case. I might experiment with it and see if I like the look of it. Thanks again.

    EDIT: Like it, using it, expect curved strokes on future comics and seen as though it's an easy edit I might as well change the ones I've already done when I have the time.
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    Here's the first short, a look at Essence's and Guv's background, the shorts are different than the comic in that different people will narrate different shorts.

    Short 1:Time is of the Essence
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    Here's the first promotional material, a banner featuring the Gnomes.

    Click the image for the URL.

    I know most likely no one will do this but feel free to make your own Ye Olde Wizard's Wand banners and promotional material.

    All the comics are updated and rounded as well.
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    Just read the 2nd comic. Pretty good, but it seemed to jump a lot. When that woman walked in, everyone immediately jumped to the one-liners and attack stances. She didn't even do anything, short of scaring the Inn owner. (I'm really bad with names, darnit!) She probably should've blasted something before everyone got mad. Still, it's interesting, and the characters are quite intriguing.

    EDIT::: Also, love the shorts! Keep it up!
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    Damn, good point Beholder1995, she was meant to zap someone or be threatening before hand but I must have left it out darnit it, might make it a bonus short or something. That was a big oversight.

    the innkeepers fine, technically he doesn't have a name, Guv, if anything but he's just the Narrator so it's not that important.

    Also, Valda(the orc) just wanted her to leave, mainly because of the commotion here dramatic entrance caused and the fact that Guv obviously didn't want her to be there, Frostburn(guy in the armour), on the other hand is over-violent and a bit unstable. That better explains it I hope.
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    Here's the bonus short, retconning the events of Strip 2 and overall making it more logical and realistic.

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    Hope you like it, too bad I have to make all these double posts; there mustn't be many fans of my work, or this webcomic.
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    This is good, but you need to work on the facial expressions. The lines in the eyes are a little too thick. Also, the transitions are a little sudden.

    You mentioned above that you had guv's arms up to show strong surprise and fear. I think the way to do it is to have the regular surprise eyes with a small little curved line on the outside of each large curved line. (Hinjo has it right before Miko kills Shojo).

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    Oo thanks Firestar27, was that the only time that double lines were used because I don't recall seeing it.

    The transitions have already been pointed it, that's more of a problem with pacing, I'm trying to fit certain events into one strip each which is proving problematic, so I may just loosen that restriction and maybe do some double page strips.

    Expect the thrid strip later today, I've got to go to school and do my science exam in about twenty minutes so I haven't got time to sort it out.

    EDIT: Here's the Third Comic, still no floor in the main strip but in the next strip there will be luckily(kind of the downside to making a buffer).
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    Hmm it seems to be rushed, I'll try and slow down the pace for future strips. I know it's a lot to ask but if you notice any typos or spelling errors will you point them out? I sometimes miss them(I noticed a lot in strip 2).

    Guv's head doesn't seem to have scaled well either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oregano View Post
    Oo thanks Firestar27, was that the only time that double lines were used because I don't recall seeing it.

    The transitions have already been pointed it, that's more of a problem with pacing, I'm trying to fit certain events into one strip each which is proving problematic, so I may just loosen that restriction and maybe do some double page strips.

    Expect the thrid strip later today, I've got to go to school and do my science exam in about twenty minutes so I haven't got time to sort it out.

    EDIT: Here's the Third Comic, still no floor in the main strip but in the next strip there will be luckily(kind of the downside to making a buffer).
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    Hmm it seems to be rushed, I'll try and slow down the pace for future strips. I know it's a lot to ask but if you notice any typos or spelling errors will you point them out? I sometimes miss them(I noticed a lot in strip 2).

    Guv's head doesn't seem to have scaled well either.

    No, it happened a few other times as well. Like when Elan first thought (if he actually thinks ) about the fact that Haley was trapped in Azure City with Belkar. Roy had it in the beginning around the Bardic Nudity arc, but it wasn't as required for the situation. There were a few other times. But it is rare. It is for extreme emotion.
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    Special treat, a bonus short today to go with the main strip(which now has a floor). Hope you enjoy it.

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    Strip 4: Wrong type of Party
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    They're getting much better. I laughed at the end of Strip 4.
    Does he have arms? And I've got your strip in my signature.

    I didn't quite get the short, though.
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    The short is a bit hard to get, it's basically a handwave/lampshading over the fact that there's a floor now sayign that the gnome tripped over the camera's wire and now it's tilted down a bit.

    You'll have to keep reading to find out whether Bran has arms or not. There's some incentive.

    Thanks for the compliment and support, I've got the Two Brothers in my sig by the way.
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    Here's short four, apologies for the lack of humour, I'm not in a very comedic mood and I thought I'd concentrate on improving my art with this short than the humour.

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    I place the grade of art somewhere between My Name is Q and Failing Saves.
    Wow... Pretty large gap you got there, eh? It's like, anywhere from 1.5-9.5 on a scale of 1-10.

    I think the art looks great, and I'd give it an 8 of 10, and I think you're getting somewhere quickly. I think you've got the talent. My first suggestion involves he speech bubbles. You might wanna "Merge" the arrows/connecting lines to the speech bubbles themselves, to eliminate the overlap. That's my ony suggestion so far. Great job! I'll tune in regularly.
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    Thanks for the advice and support. Wooo 8/10, does that count as a good review.

    I also echo your statement that it's hard to tell what people think if they don't post.*hint hint*.
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    Great short. The Gnomes, punchline or not, are lovable anyway. Hi-Yer!
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