Welcome to Issue 6, Occulturation! As you can see, with Manga Studio, the line work got a lot less uniform, and a lot thicker. Honestly, I love it a lot. The art just looks so much cleaner and more crisp.

I’ve been saying to people that, with Photoshop and Illustrator, I could do what I wanted to do among a thousand things, but the program wasn’t built for it specifically. Manga Studio, however, was built just for making comics, and boy, does it show.

Not only this, but I’ve clocked a page at only taking 3 hours from scan to completion, which is about 5 hours faster than my old methods. The fact that I only need one program is just the cherry on top of the sundae.

Anyway, I mentioned last week that I was seeing Against Me! at Webster Hall last Friday (the eagle-eyed of you can find me in the crowd at the 52 second mark), and man, was the show good. I’m so glad I decided to go, and even more so that I decided to get Janie in on going. The band has been a bit staple of our friendship as of the past year, so I couldn’t think of a better person to share the show with.

Honestly, I was unaware that there even was going to be an opening band, but the band July Talk blindsided me with a really good set. I’d never heard of them before then, but they had an amazing stage presence, and the singers had great chemistry. I put a few pictures of from the set on my instagram. During their last song, the female vocalist jumped in the crowd, and was literally rubbing shoulders with me by the end of it (seen in the instagram picture). Fun times.

Finally, I’ve been working on my Nerf project, and I’m almost done. I’ve finished wiring the core blaster, and I just started fitting in the batteries. Right now, I just need to integrate the Swarmfire, but that shouldn’t take too much time at all. I’ll post the final product next week during the update.

I’ll see you guys next Tuesday!