Ladies and gentlemen, this is a special announcement.
I am debating whether to turn Tiffany & Corey into a daily comic instead of a twice-a-week (semi-weekly) one. Should I pursue this option, it will be Monday through Friday. Sunday strips would be a "maybe" at this point.
Here's the plan. Staring around May, I would do daily updates Monday through Friday from the first of the month until month's end to see how it works out. If this works, I pull in lots of traffic and it's not too much of a strain, I may switch over to the daily update schedule.
Stay tuned. I'll keep you posted on further developments.
Once the cartoon is finished and signed, it's time for the computer!
While I draw traditionally, I will use the computer to process and upload artwork to this webpage. My setup is simple - a laptop with some graphics editing software (in this case, I use Photoshop 6.0) and a scanner.
Using my scanner, I scan the cartoon to my computer; from there, the file goes into my graphics program where I retouch and format the cartoon. The caption also gets added. Two copies are made - a high quality to reprint in a possible book one day and a lower quality image for display online.
By the way, here's the finished cartoon!
I hope you enjoyed this inside look at how Tiffany & Corey gets produced. And now, please go back to viewing the cartoons!
ATTENTION: AS OF 3/3/2019, THIS KICKSTARTER IS CANCELLED DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND MY CONTROL! Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to announce my next Kickstarter. On Saturday, April 13, 2019, I will be launching a crowdfunding drive to fund a 24-page digest size comic (5.5 x 8.5 inches) titled "Tiffany & Corey's Funhouse".
(DISCLAIMER: The above image is a mock-up and will not be the final cover.) Tiffany & Corey's Funhouse will be funded by a combination of self-funding and crowdfunding. The goal for the Kickstarter will be to raise US$400. Of that amount, $200 goes towards the printing of the comic which will have a total print run of 500 copies. $125 will go towards mailing supplies and first class postage to backers. (I did some testing by mailing a copy to myself.) That comes to $325; all remaining funds will cover anything unforeseen as well as paying for processing fees and the 3-5% cut taken by the Kickstarter people. Again, the goal for this Kickstarter is $400. Now let's talk about our rewards. Just as little as US$1 gets your name printed in the comic on the editorial page. A pledge of US$3 will get your name printed in the comic plus a copy of Tiffany & Corey's Funhouse mailed out to you anywhere in the USA. If you reside in Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe or anywhere else in the world, a pledge of US$5 will get your name printed in the comic plus a copy mailed out to you anywhere in the world outside the United States. A special limited tier will be available for retailers (those who own a comic shop, storefront, and so on). A pledge of US$20 will get you 10 copies of the comic mailed to you plus some point-of-sale goodies! This tier will only be limited to backers in the USA. I will have some tiers at the level of US$50 & US$75 where original art will be available too. This will be cross-posted to the Sunnyville blog as well. Mark your calendars! We launch the Tiffany & Corey Kickstarter on Saturday, April 13!
ATTENTION: AS OF 3/3/2019, THIS KICKSTARTER IS CANCELLED DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND MY CONTROL!
Now for a brief interlude, fans. Tiffany & Corey is chiefly done in black & white. In spite of this, I do occasional color work. Since this work is chiefly drawn traditionally, I use traditional media to color cartoons or illustrations.
Markers are my tool of choice to color any work with Tiffany & Corey. I get good quality markers from art supply stores but these brands like Prismacolor, Copic and so on can cost a lot of money. Lucky for me, I look for bargains and shop around where I can.
Picking up from where we left off last time, the Tiffany & Corey cartoon gets inked once the pencils get finished. Using black India ink and a nib pen, either a Hunt 107 nib (narrow lines) or a Speedball 512 (medium lines), I start inking the pencil lines.
I ink the figures first, Tiffany and/or Corey along with the co-stars Alessandra or Corey's cat Pepperoni. Backgrounds and tertiary characters get inked last. In the photo above, I'm using a Hunt 107 nib which gives a thinner line. While the Speedball 512 and Hunt 107 are my workhorses for Tiffany & Corey, I occasionally use other pen nibs like the Speedball A5 and C4 or specialty pens like the Uniball.
I won't keep the paper upright either. I may turn it around sideways or upside down during the inking process.
Once the cartoon is finished, I'll just let it sit and dry for anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. What comes after that? Alas, that will have to wait for next time.
So how does a Tiffany & Corey cartoon get produced? First, I go to my notebook looking for ideas.
I scour through the notebook for something that can be drawn. Once an idea gets selected, I start work. The caption for the cartoon (if any) is scrawled on the back of the cardstock paper in 2H pencil.
Welcome back, Tiffany & Corey fans, for another round of the inside view of how Tiffany & Corey get drawn! I am old-school in drawing Tiffany & Corey. I use pen and paper.
This is where the magic happens - I draw at this desk loaded up with pens, pencils, inks and other inspirational items.
I draw with black India ink. I make sure it's the waterproof variety as anything else like water-based, water-soluble and non-waterproof will smear when erased, even after drying.
I use a round watercolor brush to mask in areas of black in the cartoons. But the brush is not my main tool. Tiffany & Corey cartoons get drawn with a nib pen.
I use a metal nib held inside a plastic holder. I will usually use a Speedball 512 (show in the photo above) or a crow quill nib if a thinner line is required. As for my paper, I use a white cardstock paper of 8.5 x 11 inches of around 100lb. weight so the paper doesn't buckle. I usually buy these in bulk for cheap at craft stores like Michael's or Hobby Lobby. Next week: an actual cartoon gets drawn!
Welcome back, Tiffany & Corey fans! In today's behind-the-scenes look at how this gag webcomic is made, I'll share how ideas for Tiffany & Corey get generated.
First, I make sure I'm sufficiently stimulated. By that, I drink coffee or ingest some other caffeine to energize my mind. Then I go looking for ideas.
Yes, I said that I "look" for ideas. I go through joke books looking for material; I like to search used bookstores, secondhand shops and yard sales to get more joke books as the jokes inside can be turned into good gags for Tiffany and Corey to do in their cartoons.
In addition to joke books, I search through books, magazines and websites for older gag cartoons from 1946 to 1999, searching more ideas. Some of those punchlines can be converted into material that Tiffany and Corey can do.
Magazines are another big source of jokes. I scour through all kinds of magazine archives for jokes I can use. Some titles I look through are Highlights for Children, Boys Life, Playboy (!) and Reader's Digest.
So what do I do with all these jokes and ideas I find?
I write them down in a notebook!
I have recorded years worth of jokes to use for Tiffany & Corey. Already, a second notebook is sitting by, ready to have even more jokes recorded inside.
Welcome back, everyone! It's a BRAND NEW YEAR! I aim to make this year a good one and I have something special in store for you Tiffany & Corey readers. I will be sharing my creative process of how Tiffany & Corey gets made! I will be sharing a post each Saturday throughout January and February, showing a behind-the-scenes look at how the cartoons get made. So how will we kick off this behind-the-scenes look? How about with the origin of Tiffany & Corey? Tiffany & Corey came about from a dream I had years ago. As a little boy, I had a dream sometime around kindergarten or first grade (I can't remember when exactly). Everywhere I went - in my home, to school, out to the park, out shopping, etc. - I was accompanied by a beautiful woman in a white dress and high heels. I didn't forget this strange dream I had and thought about it as the years went by. After my move to North Dakota in 2014, I toyed with the idea of doing a webcomic and struggled with an idea. I wanted to do something simple like gag cartoons I used to see in newspapers and magazines. The idea was on and off for awhile. While I wanted to do a webcomic, I didn't have characters to use. Then I remembered that strange dream one day and started to think about that pairing - a beautiful woman and a little boy as the protagonists in a comic or webcomic? That's original and I hadn't seen anything like that elsewhere. I developed the ideas more, doing sketches and choosing the names of 1980s pop idol Tiffany along with actors Corey Haim and Corey Feldman. That's how this series came into being. Next week: I share how I generate ideas! Stay tuned!