Thursday, April 22, 2010

Comic Preview

Here is a preview of one of my pages of my Comic Book I've been busy working on. I am now 25% finished. Which means 24 pages. There will be 100 pages for book 1. The series will consist of 3 volumes total and one origin story on one of the characters. It will be free online as a web comic. However the origin story will cost a little since I have to figure out a way to make a little bit of money off this. I will print it out on books that will be sold online and at conventions when I finally launch (hopefully next year).

I took it to get scanned and it turned out looking horrible. I'm going to have to find a way around this since my scanner isn't big enough. Anyone have any suggestions with scanner options?

I can't give anything away about the characters or the plot till it gets copyrighted. Sorry guys. Its worth the wait though I promise.

Artwork ©Jessa Sininger


  1. How big is the art? how big is your scanner? if it's not a huge difference, you could scan it in tiles and put it together in photoshop. If that seems like too much trouble, you could photograph it.

    Set it up so the art and the film back of the camera are parallel (as close as you can) light it so it's evenly lit, with the source around 45° to the art, this will reduce glare.

    How is this going to be printed when it goes to print? Actual offset lithography or something more along the lines of a desktop printer? If it's offset, you'll want to make sure you have enough resolution 300pixels per inch at the final print size is the generally accepted number.

    If you're going to a desktop printer or something similar, you can usually safely get away with 150ppi, but I tell people to test it to make sure (too high and you can choke the printer)

    Too low and everything comes out looking pixelated and nasty.

    Can't wait to see it!!

  2. Greg-
    Hi Greg. The artwork is 14"x17". My scanner is the traditional size of a little bigger than an 8.5x11. The problem with my scanner is the lid doesn't come off so it constricts being able to scan it in chunks without cutting the paper up which is not what I want to do. I'll give the camera photography a shot. I've done it before with artwork but I do worry about getting it straight on and not an angle. As for printing I've been researching exactly what I want to do. It will be professionally printed that's for sure. I had thought there might be a place that specializes in scanning big pieces (Course Staples was a no go-turned out looking like crap). Thanks for the suggestions I will give them a shot.

    Thanks so much!

  3. I used to work in pre-press so I know more about printing than is probably healthy. I assume when you say professionally printed, you're talking offset lithography (90% of everything that's printed in quantity is done using this method) Though, I suppose you could go the route of a print on demand (like the photo books you can order now)

    Either way, a pre-press house will probably have a drum scanner, though these days, possibly not so much as most photography is done digitally....but at the very least, they'll know someone who does. A flat bed scanner that is large enough to accommodate what you have, probably exists, but I don't know how you'd go about finding one.

    When I was doing things, drum scanning was a pretty expensive proposition though. so I still think that the photography method would be best. Given the size of your art, I would suggest laying it flat on the floor, and then setting up the camera on tripod and using a bubble level to ensure that the camera is parallel to the ground (I assume you're using a DSLR?)

    good luck! and let me know if you have more questions =)