Monday Links and News – 08.18.2014

Like the villains of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, changes on this site are, afoot. Changes as in the appearance/layout kind, not the David Bowie kind (sadly).

My first plan is to draw, yes draw, a new header image. If I am marketing myself as a cartoonist, the more examples of said cartooning on this website, the better, right?

I also plan to make a better portfolio of my cartooning too. How I will do such a thing, I have yet to decide upon. It will happen though. Besides, it has been a few months, so I’m overdue for a website redesign. Right? Heh.

One change already checked off the list, and on clattertron.com, is I turned off comments. Not that I was getting a lot of jerks or anything. I decided I wanted one less thing to worry about when it came to running my websites. Well, I was getting a lot more spam comments sneaking through, which also pushed me in this direction.

Yes, I know there’s the cry of what about building community on your websites?! Tough. There’s more interaction with my readers on Twitter, Google+, and Facebook these days.

The best reason however is: I just don’t care about comments.

Con, Ahoy. Fan Art, Farewell.

As I said in yesterday’s newsletter, my (potentially) last convention of 2014 is next month: GrandCon. This means I need to crank out some more sketch cards and prints. Like I also said in yesterday’s newsletter, I’m going to focus on avoiding fan art as much as possible. I want to focus on creating my stuff, and not rely on the crutch of drawing other people’s characters (too much).

The hazy legality of selling fan art is enough for me to avoid it, but I also worry about falling into the rut of only creating fan art (“Hey, it sells–so why not?”).

The fan art I have produced is more parody in nature, so it is different than say, me, drawing and selling something like a fancy Spider-Man rendering. Slightly different, but not very.

ANYWAY

My best argument for not going the fan art route myself is: how would I feel if I saw someone selling No Filter Fox stuff (or any of my other characters)? Well, I would be pretty upset, because I don’t make that much selling it on my own.

Clattertron Updates

pedants comic

Nobody cares.

No Filter Fox has his own way of dealing with pedants. Bless his heart.

Blog Post: Hand-Lettering Comics in Manga Studio 5

I figured out a way to combine the benefits of digital lettering in Manga Studio with my preference for hand-lettering. The tl;dr version: I trace the text I make with the Text tool.

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Daniel J. Hogan’s other blog clattertron.com. The blog on danieljhogan.com is for weekly links, news, general updates, and other rambling
. You can follow Daniel on Twitter, @danieljhogan. Follow Clattertron on Facebook.

Monday Links and News – 08.11.2014

It is always nice when all the time I spend tweaking my websites and SEO pays off. I landed a freelance writing job recently because my client searched for ‘freelance writer editor lansing.’

The job ended up being a fun one too. I revised and edited scripts for short educational videos about science topics. I know some writers can’t stand editing, but I don’t mind it so much (especially if there is a paying gig involved). It is an added bonus when a client encourages me to add jokes and be wacky if I can.

Another freelance job came my way last week too, but for cartooning. I ultimately, and unfortunately, had to pass on the project, but contact from a potential client is always great. Here’s hoping more come my way.

Clattertron Updates

hot meals comic

He likes it HOT.

No Filter Fox doesn’t like getting cold food in restaurants.

I did not have any blog posts this week, mainly because the freelance writing kept me busy, and I decided to focus on this week’s comic after I finished.

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Daniel J. Hogan’s other blog clattertron.com. The blog on danieljhogan.com is for weekly links, news, general updates, and other rambling
. You can follow Daniel on Twitter, @danieljhogan. Follow Clattertron on Facebook.

Monday Links and News – 08.04.2014

July sure didn’t feel like it lasted 31 days. Oh well, I guess. At least Real Winter is a few months off.

I’m still adjusting to making comics on my Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Each new comic is another lesson. I pretty much had to re-learn how to make comics. Actually, I’m still getting used to the Surface Pro 3′s (overpriced) Type Cover. The keyboard is OK, but not great. It works, sure, but I find it very frustrating. Still, it beats typing on the screen.

Don’t get me started on the touchpad though. Ugh.

Clattertron Updates

clattertron comic

Look out.

Blog Post: Microsoft Surface Pro 3: Two Weeks Later

What I think of my Microsoft Surface Pro 3 after using it for a couple of weeks. Handy bullet point lists of what I like and don’t like.

Blog Post: Cartoon Commission: How to Wash Your Hands

The bathroom sign Dad commissioned me to draw. Made entirely on my Surface Pro 3.

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Daniel J. Hogan’s other blog clattertron.com. The blog on danieljhogan.com is for weekly links, news, general updates, and other rambling
. You can follow Daniel on Twitter, @danieljhogan. Follow Clattertron on Facebook.

Monday Links and News – 07.28.2014

I’m really enjoying working digitally on comics.  I’ve only made a couple in Manga Studio on my new Microsoft Surface Pro 3, but I’m getting better with each comic.

It is all about figuring out which brushes and settings to use. Lots of trial and error, but fun times regardless.

Clattertron Updates

double standards comic

Bear.

I drew a commission for Dad last week, a ‘how to wash your hands’ sign for his Man Cave bathroom. Here’s one of the panels. I drew it all in Manga Studio 5.

hand wash commission

Color?!

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Daniel J. Hogan’s other blog clattertron.com. The blog on danieljhogan.com is for weekly links, news, general updates, and other rambling
. You can follow Daniel on Twitter, @danieljhogan. Follow Clattertron on Facebook.

Monday Links and News – 07.21.2014

A big change happened last week

No, I didn’t finally spend my First Communion money. Although, I did make a big purchase. I bought a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet. I purchased said tablet to use for drawing comics (and other fun projects), and it works great. The Surface Pro 3 saves me a lot of work when it comes to creating comics. Working digitally, however, will take some adjustment.

Clattertron Updates

guilt trip ghost soccer comics

Play ball! Wait.

Guilt Trip Ghost visits the World Cup. Sure.

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Daniel J. Hogan’s other blog clattertron.com. The blog on danieljhogan.com is for weekly links, news, general updates, and other rambling
. You can follow Daniel on Twitter, @danieljhogan. Follow Clattertron on Facebook.