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So, as of late, I have discovered this website, called Medibang. It's essentially a free drawing program on mobile and computer devices, and its very in depth with unique tools catered to making manga. I have been experimenting with it as of late, drawing on it, and I discovered the Medibang platform for creators.

The medibang platform is a very exciting prospect, and I'm very excited and happy that their company does what it does. Connecting a widespread audience for comics, writing, and illustrations, (between English, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese languages) It's almost like a dream for me. I feel like the opportunity and upkeep that the site gives can open up to much more by working hard and getting involved with this website, to promote across a level that can allow more people to access your work. But translation and the language barrier was the biggest issue to do this independently.

That's what Medibang does. If you are successful and are able to make something interesting enough, you can get your works translated to each of those languages with a partnership. With such a thing, your work has just been opened to a whole new international audience, and that just is so very exciting! Not to mention, the tools that Medibang provides gives more flexibility and are simpler than any other drawing program. It has many different shape rulers, which makes impact effects easy, drawing backgrounds in perspective much less of a hassle , unique brushes for more easier ways to do certain things and effects (symmetry brush, edge brush, speedline brush), materials and textures provided from the get-go, and so on. While it has a few issues with how in depth the tools and options for brushes are, the unique tools and options already provided from the beginning are good enough to use from the start.

Anyways, here are the two drawings I've completed on it so far. I've yet to get used to this program, But I see a lot of potential with this idea and company, and will focus on it immediately. (sorry about that story promise, but I think this substitute will be good)

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As of now, I'm working on a new comic in a one-shot (lead off) format, and will link it here when it is ready. If you want to check out my profile there, here is the link.

If you want to download the program, check it out here.


Thanks for reading!


Roadmap and Goals

I'd like to mark that previous as the start of something new, and the start of something in general. To keep you guys more updated on my life and the site in general, I want to update this blog frequently, enough to hopefully keep people interested and curious about what it to come, and who else what I can put on here?


Now, in terms of context, I love writing and thinking about stories and ideas, and reading and watching things that tell an effective, enjoyable, and fun story. With the format of modern ideas taking more production to produce something amazing to keep up with people's demands and what is popular, not only do things take a lot more work to make, but people are less appreciative of such things. With over-saturation of anything, people can tend to put things off and move on to something else, as they have that option.

What I want to do is to be able to cut down that production while maintaining an effective format to tell and depict stories on the computer, or digital medium, without costing a ton of time. In terms of overall production to release speed, there is a need to keep the audience's interest without isolating too many readers from the medium. The order would go like this:

Novel [ pure text ]

Light Novel [ very few pictures and text ]

Picture Book [ more pictures than text ]

Manga / Comic [ Formatted pictures and dialogue ]

Visual Novel [ Colored stills, voice ]

Filmed take [Live Action - Acting]

Animation [Frame by frame or 3D, voice, Music ]

Movie [ Production, Editing, Composition, Location, Quality, Sound, Music ]

Game [ Programming, dialogue, branches, Writing, art, animation, Music, voice]


From top to bottom, would be the amount of work required to fully tell the story from least to greatest. But what form is the most enjoyable by all people, that requires the least amount of work (proportionally) ?

From what I have asked people, (not many) I have received Manga as the answer to be the epitome of best form to depict a story, that isn't as work intensive as an animation or other things, or as intimidating as a pure text novel. It clearly depicts what I want to show in each scene, so everything I want to tell (or don't want to tell) can be not only visually shown, but followed by the reader at their own pace. However, it still isn't that efficient, as each page on a full blown manga still takes a lot of effort, and requires assistants to keep up constantly even as a full time job. So what I want to achieve is find a format that can house the same feeling of a manga or greater, in a way that uses the format of a web browser. I'm not the first person to try this, but I'll definitely try a whole bunch of different formats and ways that I can blend the story and format together.

Story comes first before everything else, all other elements are just supporting roles in crafting the execution and presentation.

Either way, this is the mindset I have with my new work.




Step by step, Moving Forward

Ahh.. Hello everyone, and I apologize for not having kept up with OH MAN or anything of the like, on this site.

Now, lets talk. A few things with my life are a bit busy, classes are even busier this semester, and I really feel the need to be doing more things, and become more active in general. However, with this wave of business, those types of things are harder to keep up with. Things I started, projects, comics, drawings, animations... I have a terrible tendency of starting these things and not seeing them through for a few reasons, which is the drop off in interest. Not to mention, the inability to keep that interest invested in the thing I have started on. I have fallen into that period of relaxing that is so hard to climb out of, filled with distractions, and obstacles that I don't really want to face. Either way, that would be the primary reason for me not reviving the comic. OH MAN has become a block that prevents me from creating new things while requiring me to fix up loose ends.


OH MAN was created completely on a whim, where the first chapter was created, and everything followed after. A project based on 3 things:

1. A test to keep up a daily comic, improve my work ethic 

2. To improve my ability with digital drawing

3. To see how many people would be interested in my works

Of these three things, I'd like to say that I had satisfied all of them, until a certain point. I had kept up OH MAN consistently for an entire year, releasing roughly 54-55 comics over that span. As you can see, I had also improved in drawings leaps and bounds,

from this:


to this:


So with this gain and control, I felt like OH MAN was lacking, and my interests in the story had veered off to other things. this is where I started updating less and less, until it practically just stopped. However, I wanted to revive it, because I felt bad for leaving people behind, and leaving the story where it is. But I also lacked the desire to continue writing and pursuing the story. I had planned it all out, put so much effort and detail into refining the story and mechanics, but now this battle action type story has gotten to a point where I don't want to really pursue it anymore.


This then comes to point 3, which is to see how people would react to my creation. I had low hopes, as my artistic ability was quite lacking back then, but I was confident in writing a story that was interesting. But now that I look back on it, its moderately interesting and has its few unique points, but overall kind of disappointing to look back on to what I can do now. If I really wanted to restart it, I would want to recreate it from scratch ( which is why I redrew the first chapter). But I know now that many people have read my works, though I'm not exactly sure how many at this point in time, which makes me hesitant to either put a end to it, or revive it knowing that the goal of completion is far away and letting people down again with breaks. With the abilities and interests I have now, I have more confidence in a new work than to continue something from a long time ago. I also think that if I do revive it, the story won't be handled in the same way as I intended, which was full of optimism and ideas all to promote it's growth, versus now, an uninterested way to move it along. I'd definitely still try and make it as interesting as possible, but it wouldn't turn out the way that I had wanted it to become.


Anyways, this boils down to a few things. I do not want to continue OH MAN any more, but I do feel bad for not continuing it and not managing it anymore. I would rather have a better scope of a project, and work on that and present it to you guys, rather than try and entertain you guys with the legacy of my past creation(as cheesy and arrogant as that sounds). I have the plans for OH MAN still in my head, which would probably span over 200 chapters more from where it currently is, for me to be satisfied with it's completion but it is far too big of a scope for me to handle.


Either way, I'd like to hear your guys's thoughts on the matter. I'd like to either leave my plans for the comic somewhere somehow, if you guys really want to know where I wanted to go with it... or stop it completely and move on to another project that will be better and greater than OH MAN ever was... maybe... hopefully...



Here's a preview of what I want to make, and it will be a different format than a comic.



New Website!

Other than this just being a test post, this marks the beginning of a new era. At least for me. Anyways, having more access to all sorts of things will allow me to access and create things much easier, on top of making everything a little bit more automated. With the power of php, I'll be able to work much faster around the site and ensure that everything works a little neater, and a little better. Anyways, the site will have all sorts of my creative projects and the part dedicated to OH MAN, while this blog section shall be more dedicated to my personal life, upcoming news and projects coming to this site. While it's still under construction, many more things will come to life on this website due to my increased ease of access, so watch out for that!


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