Originally, my idea for my final project was to create an animation. Although, after witnessing a fellow student struggles, I feel, the time I have combined with my experience in animating is not enough to produce a final product I would be satisfied with. Thankfully, with the help of a friend, I came up with an idea which combines, both, my love for web design and animation. I decided to make a interactive web comic. The good thing about a interactive web comic is that the project doesn’t rely solely on ones skill of animating, unlike my original idea.
So, what is an interactive web comic? Well, it is exactly what is says, a comic or graphic novel, which can be found online, and it’s interactive or animated. They are mostly laid out just like any ordinary comic, where each scene is divided by it’s own individual page or box, and uses text/thought bubbles to express what the character is saying/thinking. Here are a few examples to show what I mean, each one is different in their own way.
- Nawlz – I love this Web Comic because it is very unique and takes the whole “web comic” thing to the next level. This is an example I would love to model mine after, although, it will require a lot of graphic design and I feel I am not up to that level, yet. If I choose to do something like this, I would find someone I could collaborate with; who could help me with that.
- Zark – Something like this example would be the easiest for me to complete. The characters might give me a little trouble, but I believe I would be able to get them done. Also, instead of animations, for the panels with movement I could create GIF’s, which might be a better option.
- Dracula Comic – Although I am not that familiar with flash, it is an option I am considering. Plus, I love the concept of this web comic. The ability for the user to interact, clicking on items and using them with others, is something I want to implement in my web comic as well.
- Soul-Reaper – Not necessarily an interactive web comic, but something like this I might consider. Again, for the moving images, I could create GIF’s which might make it easier on me. One thing I find cool about this web comic is the movement of certain images when scrolling. This is something I might consider including in mine as well. The downside to something like this is the extensive graphic design needed.
So, let’s get to the specifics. For my final project, I am planning on creating a one issue comic, something equivalent to an actual comic book in length. I have been considering doing multiple issues or even a full volume. But, for what I am planning, I feel the work would be adequate to that of a final project. I would really like the final product to look something similar to the Nawlz example I posted earlier. I’m sure you can see why I feel one issue is enough.
So, what will I need to get this project completed? Well, I’m sure the first thing is obvious, a website. Since I’m basically building one from scratch, I’m gonna need two things a domain and a hosting site. Fortunately, I have my own personal website, www.daljitsingh.net, which is hosted by Bluehost. What I am planning on doing is creating a sub-domain. The URL, for now, will be something like, www.webcomic.daljitsingh.net. I have yet to come up with a name, for the site, which I’ve settled with; ‘webcomic’ will do for now.
The next thing I will need to complete this project is, of course, the programs required to make the animations. Such programs include Flash, After Effects, and Photoshop. I must admit, I am fairly new when it comes to animating and the programs used. But this Fall semester, I am taking CT 345 and FA 384, hopefully I will learn enough so that I don’t have any problems in the animating process. Like I said earlier, if all else fails, I will simply create GIF’s; I shouldn’t have no problem when it comes to making these.
As for the animations themselves, I will most likely be using stills or they will be drawn. I am not the best when it comes to drawing, so I am considering having an outside source help me. I will either find a friend or hire an artist, who’s art style I prefer. If the individual requires pay, then I will doing so out of my own pocket. As an alternative, I can always attempt to draw the images myself. Although, I feel I will not be satisfied with the way they come out.
Now, let’s talk about who is the target audience. Of course, one of the main groups I am trying to attract are those who are fans of comics/manga’s/graphic novels. I have a large number of friends who find joy in reading such things, and I know for a fact that the, comic fan, community is a large one. But, that is not to say that I am only trying to reach out to those individuals alone. Interactive web-comics are a great form of entertainment for those trying to kill time; it is sort of like being apart of the story and people enjoy this.
Currently, I am debating on whether I should make the comic kid friendly; that is no explicit language and things alike. For now, I am not too sure, I will come to that conclusion when going through the final comic script creation.
Speaking of comic script, why don’t I get into the actual plot of the comic itself. When it comes to comics, I must say, I am a huge Batman fan and, with that being said, I wanted to create a comic which incorporates him in some way. The basic plot of the comic follows a private investigator, during one of his investigations in Gotham City. Along his investigation he encounters many shady individuals and of course Batman. I think it is an interesting concept because, since there are many action packed moments, it would be great to make those animated or interactive in some way. Here is the comic_script which tells in detail what will be in the comic.
Final Project 14 Week SCHEDULE
9/2 – Throughout the week I will work on the final story and plot of the comic; this will be on a comic script.
9/9 – Once the comic script has been approved, I will begin sketching rough drafts of each panel.
9/16 – Once the rough drafts have been looked over, I will begin recreating them with Photoshop.
9/23 – Continued Photoshop work.
9/30 – Once all the pieces are created in Photoshop, I will select certain ones which will be animated and begin animating in After Effects.
10/7 – Continued After Effects work.
10/21 – Begin working on site web frames and layout, final URL name will be decide.
10/28 – Finish up with site layout. I will begin importing the animations onto the site.
11/4 – Continued work.
11/11- Continued work.
11/18 – Site testing for errors, whether in coding or format.
11/25 – Presentation of site for critique. Continued work.
12/2 – Make changes recommended and final touch-ups.
12/9 – FINAL PROJECT PRESENTATION – with reviewers present