The Art of Ryan Francis

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My Time at Comic Con Revolution Chicago 2019

I had a decent time at Comic Con Revolution Chicago 2019! This convention was a smaller convention than I thought it would be but it was alright.

I shared a table with ScottyArtz and it was okay. We mostly just riffed on cool art, video games, and he explained hardcore Super Smash Bros. play to me.

I sold books like Incident at the Game Store and Shirley’s Day, butI sold very little art or comic books in general to overcome the costs to buying the table space and travel expenses be made.

I also managed to knock out a commission for Mochireru.

I saw some decent cosplays of characters I actually like. I’m not big into cosplay stuff, but usually I take a picture if the character peaks my intrest.

I got a cool new haul, courtesy by Brian Babendererde, EB Mead, and Andrew Taam.

Ryan's Recomended Fonts


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Ryan’s Recommended Fonts

I find a majority of my fonts from Blambot, Comicraft, and Da Font. I also use resources like Font Meme and Art of the Title and various comic covers to look up fonts from existing logos and advertisements. For examples of how I use it, check out my article on lettering Incident at the Game Store!

This is a tiny list of fonts that I like and recommend making their first comics with.

Back Issues BB – It’s another nice starter font for dialogue in comics that I’ve used in my comics.

Damn Noisy Kids BB – This is a good starter sound effect font with big letters. I used this in Incident at the Game Store and Shirley’s Day.

Torn Asunder BB – This another good starter sound effect font with no serifs it looks like a good “organic” sounds.

Mumble Grumble – This is a font I never knew I would need until I found it! This is great for putting unreadable text or dialogue to fill out a drawing of a book page in comic or unintelligible speaking.

Pottymouth BB – This font is good for those cartoony cursing images. It’s nice for a quick censorship in case you get reprimanded in the editing process for the bad language.

Pixelated – If you need to write something in pixels this is a font that I like.

WhoopAss BB – This is slowly starting to be my big default design font for all of my promotional stuff. It’s super thick and legible and it’s decent looking.

This is but a small list of fonts you can use to letter your comics, but if you want more of a handmade feel, you can learn lettering and calligraphy for yourself, or use Calligraphr or Font Lab to create your own fonts! If you have anymore places to download or make fonts and lettering, drop a comment and share with everyone!


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Incident at the Game Store Releases Today!

After waiting with bated breath, my comic prints have finally arrived and I can officially announce that Incident At The Game Store is now for sale on my Etsy store for $3.00 and a digital version for $1.00!

As with buying a physical copy of Shirley’s Day, you can get it personally signed and sketched by me!

If you want to support me as an artist but don’t want a printed comic, you have the option of tipping me on my new Ko-Fi page!

All of my comics were printed by Ka-Blam Digital Printing. They take a while to get done but they’re still a decent way to get started printing your own self-published comics and I’ll still recommend them.

If you want to check out my process if making this comic exist, look through my archives of articles on making Incident at the Game Store.

Please look forward to my next project soon!


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Let’s Make A Comic Story: Index

In case you’ve missed my posts for my development process for making Incident at the Game Store, here’s an index of links to all the parts in the process. I hope that any aspiring comic makers will look through my articles to learn how to make comics themselves. Good luck and keep drawing!

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Let’s Make A Comic Story Part 9: Final Finishing and Publishing

The inking is done, the lettering is done, everything is nearly done! Now it’s time to put it together for printing and showing off!!

At this point I can go two ways: I can set up the for printing physical copies or I can set it up for sharing and downloading online, phones, or tablets. For the moment though, this is how I set it up for full resolution 300 dpi printing and general purpose use.

So when setting up for printing, I use Ka-Blam for printing my comics. I make sure to adjust and build my all of my comic pages to their specifications. They’re even nice enough to provide a template they use for printing and cutting.

Arrange your art to this template and shift and scale the edges of your panes; to the edge of the live and margin area. Keep all of your pages in that same document so you can use the Multiply Blending Option or Lowering Opacity to keep the panels and art uniform in proportions between pages.

I have all of my pages gathered from the start to export. First, I begin in Manga Studio by Exporting a Single Layer as a PNG file.

Make sure you make a New Folder somewhere you can find it and name it something consistent and memorable so others can find it and access it for printing out.

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Let’s Make a Comic Part 8: Cover

So it turns out I need to draw a cover of my comic book to print it out and sell it to people. Imagine that.

I’ll be going through the entire process of making the cover for Incident at the Game Store. This much more compressed and I did a majority of my coloring work on my Art Stream.

I entirely used a Size 1 Winsor & Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable brush to ink this with Carbon Black Liquitex Acrylic ink. Since it’s a cover and the printer I use, Ka-Blam Printing, allows color covers with black and white interiors, I’ll actually be coloring this in Manga Studio!

I will begin, like anything else, by making small thumbnail sketch to figure out the composition. As I do this, I’m trying to remember the point of this comic story, which is a simple funny potentially true story that veers into fiction for humor. Not much character development, no deep themes, just a straightforward joke(that I blew months of time on…)

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Let’s Make A Comic Story Part 7: Lettering

Lettering is definitely a discipline that I’ve never been taught when I was in college. But, after hunting for a variety of articles and getting some tips the few pro letterers I encounter in my life, I’ve managed to teach myself how to letter with some amount of competence. I’m lettering this as I prep my ink stuff as I don’t plan to color the comic at the moment.

The first step is to save my cropped unedited artwork as high res PNGs. Since, I’m making them with print in mind, I need the images in as high of a resolution as possible so it won’t get hurt too much when I reduce the final comic down to print or web.

I usually do my lettering in Adobe Illustrator as it gives me more options to mess with my text than just Photoshop or Manga Studio. I make a new file with six art boards to the pixel size of the pages I plan to import.

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