Webcomics to read! (Every synopsis is taken directly from the webcomic site or from tvtropes.com)
Ava’s Demon- Science fiction and fantasy, multimedia webcomic about a girl named Ava and the demon haunting her. The demon happens to be the ghost of an alien queen, Wrathia, seeking revenge on the one that destroyed her empire, a god-like figure named Titan. The story follows Ava as she makes her way across the universe, teaming up with the demon haunting her on a quest for revenge, while fighting her own inner demons along the way.
Blindsprings- An all ages comic, featuring magic, secret societies and hidden gateways to fantastic places. The comic should appeal to anyone who loves Ghibli or Disney animated movies!
Lackadaisy- Set in the year of 1920 in Prohibition-era St. Louis, the comic follows the antics and adventures of a group of anthropomorphic cats as well as a notorious underground speakeasy set up by a character by the name of Atlas May in order to sell alchoholic beverages to people in secret.
Monster Pop!- Acomic about two best friends and the slice of life adventures they share! Monster Pop! is set in an alternate Earth where monsters coexist with humans; sometimes they integrate well, sometimes they clash. This comic is heavily influenced by shoujo manga. Monster Pop! includes musical and interactive elements: Every now and then there will be a page with animation and/or music and most of the main characters have their own blogs.
Nimona- Lord Ballister Blackheart has a point to make, and his point is that the good guys aren’t as good as they seem. He makes a comfortable living as a supervillain, but never really seems to accomplish much - until he takes on a new sidekick, Nimona, a shapeshifter with her own ideas of how things should be done. Unfortunately, most of those ideas involve blowing things up. Now Ballister must teach his young protégé some restraint and try to keep her from destroying everything, while simultaneously attempting to expose the dark dealings of those who claim to be the protectors of the kingdom - including his former best friend turned nemesis, Ambrosius Goldenloin.
Saint for Rent- Saint runs an inn for Time Travelers, which leaves him little time to write his trashy romance novels. Always a pit stop in the crisscrossing lives of his out-of-date friends and family, Saint wonders where his place is in a world that’s quickly passing him by. Unfortunately, he also attracts the more… supernatural “guests,” too.
Sonnet- An ongoing comic project, introducing a collection of fairytales and short stories told through poetry and illustration.
The Property of Hate- A young girl is suddenly awoken by a strange man who refers to himself simply as RGB. He is formal in speech and odd in the head, or in the television set where his head should be. He asks her if she would like to become a hero, and though she answers with gusto, she doesn’t have any knowledge of what will be expected of her as she leaves her home for a world in the skies.
nobody’s ever really happy to find out they’ve stayed up too late.
it used to be a cool achievement but now it’s like
"fuck. god damn it. not again. shit."
This is actually a very good question, and I wanted to wait until I was at a computer to be able to answer it properly!
So, first time buying a commission tips! It can be a little nerve-wracking the first time, because it can often be new and alien to a lot of folks. The good news is most commission artists that have experience will be very helpful in laying out exactly what they require in order to create a commission for you!
However, it doesn’t hurt to know the basics first!
First tip: Prepare your references!
Most artists I know have not yet perfected the art of mind-reading, and so in order to work the magic of taking your mind-creation character and transferring them to a visual medium, we need some references! “But wait!” you say, “I don’t have art of my character yet - That’s why I’m getting a commission! How can I show them what they look like?” That’s what the internet is for! Now, if you’re playing a game like Wildstar, you have the benefit of being able to take screenshots of your in-game character to provide references for outfits and general details, but character creators in games are only able to achieve so much detail. The face may not be quite the right shape, or eyes may be a particular shade. This is where searching on google for images can help out. Find pictures of people with similar faces to your character - celebrities are a great starting place to look - and browse hairstyles, clothing, etc. Does your character have a particular body build? A necklace? Find a picture that looks like the item! In this case, it’s better to have too much than too little.
As an example, in my reference folder for Gaius, I have screenshots of his in-game face and outfit, along with photos of various men with hairstyle similar to what I imagine his hair to look like, and I reference Chris Evans as Captain America to be the general inspiration for his body build.
You’ll also want to put together a brief written description. List details of their appearance, but don’t feel the need to go over-board, just brief lines like “long, wavy blonde hair” and “dark blue eyes” are good, the image references you gathered should help give a clearer idea than writing can.
In addition to that, I highly recommend writing a brief description of the character’s personality. Part of the charm of commissions is expressing not only the character’s general appearance, but the special charm your character has. For myself as an artist, it helps to know what sort of disposition your character has. Happy? Grouchy? Thoughtful? Jut give a quick little 2-3 sentence blurb about them as an introduction to the character!
DO: Provide several image references for your character!
DON’T: Write a whole-page description of their appearance!
Second Tip: Do your research!
Now you want to find the artist for your commission. This can be tricky, because you want to find someone who 1. Accepts Commissions and 2. Has open slots. A lot of artists are pretty busy folks and don’t always have time for commissions. Most folks will list on their web page/tumblr whether they accept commissions and what the status of their commissions is. Otherwise, if you can’t find that information, it’s okay to send them a polite message asking if they do accept commissions and, if they do, if they have a page with information on their prices.
Do understand, prices vary between artists. Respect an artist’s pricing as they’ve set what is acceptable to them for time-investment versus income. We artists do like being able to afford food and clothing too!
Another thing to consider is the artist’s style. We all draw differently, and some folks may be better at drawing women versus men, or animals versus people, etc. If someone wanted a sweet picture of their character with a highly intricate motorcycle, I would not recommend commissioning me, because I’m not very good at drawing vehicles. So consider how you want your character to look and check the artist’s gallery, see if they’ve done any other art that looks similar to what you’d like.
DO: Research various artists, figure out their prices, and determine what you can afford.
DON’T: Complain about them being closed at the moment, complain about their pricing.
Third Step: Finishing your preparation!
Wait a minute! Before you can actually commission the artist, you need to make sure you have the money to pay for the work! So, do you know how much the commission you want will cost? Good. Next step will be to set up a Paypal account so that you can pay for the artwork.
You can find that page right here! https://www.paypal.com/
I’m not going to go into the fine details as other places explain that better. A few key things to know though is you’ll want to hook your bank account up to the paypal account in order to transfer money between them, and this can take several days to both verify the hook-up, and then several more days after that to transfer the money. Normally, I set aside a chunk of funds and just leave it sitting in paypal. That way I can access it easily if I need to pay for something, or transfer it back to my bank if I need it for other bills.
I would recommend looking up some simple tutorials on how to transfer money and how to pay through paypal. I’ve seen artists use two methods - either they’ll send you an invoice that you can pay through, or they’ll give you their paypal email to send the money to. If they use the later method, I recommend using the “Send money to friends or family” option rather than “Pay for Goods and Services.”
DO: Set up a paypal account and put money in it.
DON’T: Wait until after getting the commission reserved to go through the money transfer hoops.
Fourth Tip: Getting the commission!
Now you’ve prepared everything, so time to contact that artist who has slots open! Reach out to them via whatever method they list as preferring - email, tumblr message, etc, and say that you’re wanting a commission! They’ll normally respond with a confirmation and further instructions of what they need - image references, details, what sort of image you might have in mind, as well as payment instructions. Folks ask for payment in different ways, some take it up front, some will do half-and-half, half up front, half at end. It varies from artist to artist.
Once the references have been sent and the payment settled, it’s time to settle in and, big key here, BE PATIENT. Art takes time - a lot of time, often! And if this artist is working on a lot of commissions, there may be a line. It won’t help to message/email them every day asking for updates on the progress - that will only annoy them. However, artists will often offer to show Works in Progress so that you can confirm that the commission is turning out the way you want throughout the stages - making sure the features are correct in the sketch, that the colors are correct in the flats, that kind of thing.
Have some patience and when the artist is done, you will have a beautiful, specially-made portrait of your character! Congratulations!
Now, this is definitely not an end-all guide to commissioning art. Other artists and experienced commissioners may have additional advice, and folks are welcome to chip in with their own help! This is purely from my own experience and understanding.
This is by far the easiest one I’ve ever seen.
I caved in…
*cackles* Oh Shade… It’s adorable, really. XD He does seem like the type to enjoy a good hoverboard. ;D
tHIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE WHEN A MAGICAL GIRL TRANSFORMS FROM THE VILLAINS POINT OF VIEW AND I AM SHITTING MYSEL F
no wonder they never do anything to stop them transforming. They probably just stand there like:
Yet another example as to why Ellen is my role model.
In 1997, Ellen came out as gay on her sitcom, Ellen. She was met with a horrendous amount of backlash from society and the media. She was the butt of every joke on late night TV. She was dubbed “Ellen DeGenerate.” She even received death threats.
Ellen went from the most popular sitcom actress to the most hated. Desperate, she turned to the gay community for support. However, Chastity Bono, a fellow lesbian and a representative for GLAAD at the time, betrayed Ellen, telling Variety Magazine, “[‘Ellen’] is so gay it’s excluding a large part of our society … we have to be realistic. This is network primetime.”
Ellen trusted Chastity to help as she was also gay, and would understand what Ellen was going through. Instead, Chastity publicly denounced Ellen, leaving Ellen alone to defend herself. Ellen’s show was subsequently cancelled.
Flash forward to 2011. Chastity Bono is now Chaz Bono, a transgender male. He is going to be a contestant of Dancing with the Stars, much to the displeasure of the public. He receives backlash, similar to the kind Ellen endured in 1997. In response, Ellen defends Chaz in her monologue (seen here), and invites Chaz on her show to give his perspective.
Ellen chose to help Chaz, who was being persecuted by the media, even though he had hurt Ellen severely in the past. Ellen definitely did not have to have Chaz on her show, but she did to be kind. Ellen not only forgave Chaz, but gave him the support that he failed to give her earlier.
Be kind to one another. It’s not just something Ellen says after every show; it’s what she lives by. And we should all try to live by it too.
"I don’t understand algebra, but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong."
This woman needs to be president.