Comic 076 - Mother's Final Wish

5th Jul 2013, 12:00 AM in Chapter One
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076 - Mother's Final Wish
Average Rating: 5 (6 votes)

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rufiangel 5th Jul 2013, 12:00 AM edit delete
rufiangel
And finally I am able to reveal one of the driving plot threads throughout the next few chapters. A brother to find! :D

A question for the readers: would you guys mind if the strip went black and white? What are your thoughts on it?

Comments:

FuzzyZergling 5th Jul 2013, 3:24 AM edit delete reply
FuzzyZergling
Personally, I think changing the art to black and white would hurt my ability to enjoy the comic.

Not enough to make me stop reading, but it would be a blow to my fanthusiasm.
YamiSelina 5th Jul 2013, 3:54 AM edit delete reply
YamiSelina
I agree.

Personally I'd prefer the coloured even if that might take longer.
Headgamer 5th Jul 2013, 4:37 AM edit delete reply
Headgamer
I prefer color. However, I'm sure I'll get use to it being B&W and will keep reading regardless.

I say if your intent on doing it then give it a try for 5-10 comics and ask me later. It might be that it doesn't mater, or it might really degrade the comic. It's kind of hard to tell and would depend on how well you can do B&Ws.
ranger_brianna_new 5th Jul 2013, 5:13 AM edit delete reply
ranger_brianna_new
Honestly, everything on your site seems geared for color--the very site layout, for instance, is very color-oriented. If you switched to b&w or even grayscale, the entire site layout would suddenly stick out like a sore thumb and likely need a rework to accommodate the new look of the comic.

Then there's the fact that everything looks so vibrant and full of life in the comic. It feels real, it feels like it's actually happening, despite it being a fantasy setting, and switching to b&w risks losing that.

Another huge aspect is magical effects--colors really, REALLY bring them out and make 'em look gorgeous. Think about the colors you had for the duration of the fight, and how you have been representing magic so far. Now try redrawing/re-imagining them as black and white. Do they look as good to you? If not, then that's another thing you'll lose with the switch.

But largely, this is about your choice. You can do whatever you feel is best for telling the story, as it's your story to tell. I would recommend you test it out, though--see what works and what doesn't.

One exercise I mentioned was for you to try and remake some of your favorite pages in black-and-white. If you can make THOSE look as good as the color versions, then you've got a green light for continuing in black-and-white.

And another trick is to try and for a while have both. (It'll obviously be more work, but worth it.) Let us see what a new page would look like in black and white, and compare to the color version. If the B&W version captures the essence of the color version, you'll be fine, in my opinion.

But again, it's your choice ultimately, so your decision. I'm not sure if you saw it, but we have a thread on colors on ComicFury; browsing through here might be a good idea to help you form your opinion.

In summary: Some stories work without colors, and some require them. I have faith in your talent as an artist to switch to B&W and have it be just as good as with color, but it's not going to be something simple to pull off.
JustNoPoint 9th Jul 2013, 10:46 AM edit delete reply
JustNoPoint
Holy crap! Feedback master!

Um... I agree with Ranger :P
rufiangel 9th Jul 2013, 12:26 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
Just wanted to say an extra thank you for the super detailed reply! :) I checked out the link and it was really informative!
Crestlinger 1st Nov 2014, 9:51 PM edit delete reply
Easy quest if he's right There.
Fafhred 1st Jul 2015, 5:15 AM edit delete reply
That would be my bet as well.