THANK YOU FRIENDS!!! WE ARE NOW 100% FUNDED! BUT IF YOU WANT YOUR OWN PANEL PAGES, THEN KEEP BACKING US!
Special Note to $20 Backers: In the reward section it states you'll get 16 Panel Pages, and "Epitaph: The Darksiders #1" with a handdrawn cover. You'll actually get 30 Panel Pages and "Epitaph: Abiding Lilith #1" one shot with the hand drawn cover. (See update 17).
Deciding on the paper for Panel Pages. Today I checked in with one of our suppliers, Utrecht, a large chain of art stores, which has a warehouse in Chicago. The big issue has been finding the proper paper for this project.
The issue is pen and ink are both usually being used. Plate was immediately dismissed. Aside from being expensive it's major strength is how it holds ink, but it can smear at times (especially with left handed artist like myself) and pencil work simply doesn't go over as well when the surface is too smooth. regular smooth Bristol is great for soft leads and inking, but is Vellum has tooth, but too much tooth can be a problem for inkers. So we had to find the middle ground.
The question: What's best for pencil and ink? What do the big guys use? The Strathmore vellum. It's the same thing they use for their comic papers and we can get it too. So stay tuned.
Hi, I'm Nathyn Brendan Masters and I am the lead artist and creator at Night Phoenix Press. Sometimes you're drawing a comic book. You finish the page and it looks great! Now you want to scan it to color and letter, but it's too big for the scanner, so you have to scan half, then scan the other half and put it together in Photoshop or some other program.
While I do originate some art digitally, I got the idea for panel pages after drawing several pages for my up coming comics on board and then having to go to Kinkos or a copy shop to have them reduced to fit on my printer/scanner/fax. I thought, "Wouldn't it be nice if they made non-photo blue board in a smaller size?" So I started buying 9 x 12 pads and having them cut.
Then it came to me...
Panel Pages measure 8 x 11.5. Large enough to draw a four to five panel comic and small enough to fit in most average scanners. The non-photo border is printed on bright white vellum Bristol board suitable for pencils and inks.
If you reduce the art down an inch on all sides in Photoshop, to 7 x 10.5 and you've got the perfect size to be uploaded to Ka-Blam, ComiXpress or even Rink Printing for a standard size comic. Just make sure all important art and lettering stay inside the second boarder.
And Panel Pages are perfect for Manga and Digest sized comics! Just reduce the page to your needed size keeping all the important art and lettering inside the inner panel.
And, for you insanely detailed artist, Panel Pages, can also be used as panels...
Make the 7 x 10.5 page in Photoshop. Ink the outer boarder on the art page, turn it vertical or horizontal, draw your art, then reduce the art and place it were you want on the background.
Where Will Your Money Go...?
I want to produce as high of quality paper as possible, but sale them as inexpensively as I can. I would like to sale these in packs of 21 plus two cover sheets (incase you mess up on one) and packs of 50 with 4 cover sheets and so on. But the basic pack, 21/2 sheets I want to sale for under $10.
Your money goes to buying the best paper we can and the printing. We want to do 2 ply smooth bristol board, suited for pen and pencil.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge is shipping. Paper has to be shipped from the wholesaler to the printer, where it will be printed and packaged. So that would be the major issue, bearing any unforeseen circumstances.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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