The Art of Ryan Francis

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11/04/2019 Comic Working.

One more reminder that I’ll be at the Hammond Public Library FanFest this Saturday, November 9th!

I’ve gotten to work on a new cover for the colored Incident at the Game Store, starting it during my livestream last weekend.

I managed to arrange my pages and create a temporary cover to order a print proof from Ka-Blam Digital Printing. I likely won’t have the colored edition up for sale until next year, so It’ll probably debut at my next convention.

I’ll be super busy with my day job so my art activity might be slower anywhere you follow me so updates might be more sporadic.

I’ll probably see you next year if there isn’t much news to say.


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10/28/2019 Nearly Complete!

GREAT NEWS EVERYBODY! I’ve completed coloring Incident at the Game Store! I’ll be spending time arranging pages to make a print proof from Ka-Blam Printing, then arranging my images to make a new tutorial article and a tutorial and process video on Youtube.

In anticipation for me completing the coloring Incident at the Game Store, I’m liquidating the black and white comics and selling them for $1 on my Etsy Store! It’s a great way to support me and my projects and have a physical copy of my comic, signed and sketched by me!


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Stickers and Statuses

I ordered a small sample of stickers from Sticker Mule. They’re pretty nice and I want to order a larger pack from them again.

My coloring stuff has slowed down due to commissions and things that I need to do at hand. It’s still in the back burner and I’m gotten too far into it to stop it, but I need to make priorities.

Other good news, is that I was interviewed by the Lockport Legend when I was at Comicopolis two weeks ago! They might be going out of style but it’s still cool to be published in a newspaper!

I think I might get back to my coloring stuff soon but I’ll let you know later!


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Printed Sketchbook News

I got done with my cover for my upcoming print sketchbook. It’ll be a 5 inch by 7 inch 12 page black and white collection of sketches from late 2018 and early 2019.

The interior pages will be black and white with colored covers printed by Ka-Blam Digital Printing.

All the rest of the stuff is arranged, I just need to scrape up the cash for printing and selling at conventions and my Etsy store. Stay tuned for future news from Twitter or Instagram.


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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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