So very excited for smut peddler. Do you have a rough idea of when it will be out? Do you know if it will be available as a downloadable pdf or just as a hard copy?
There’s gonna be a Kickstarter with all of this information soon! I’ll definitely be tweeting and tumbling about it the moment I have more information. Your best bet right now is to follow Spike Trotman on Twitter because she’s heading the whole project and she’ll be the direct source for any information and updates for Smut Peddler’s progress!
Girls in my comics don’t wear earrings or paint their nails… because I don’t do those things. It’s something I realized recently and it’s not a bad thing, but I know some girls DO wear earrings and paint their nails, but I just never take that into consideration because *I* don’t do those things. Like, Claire is totally the type to do both of those things but I always forget. Fixing this now.
oh wow I am super jealous and curious about the new chapter now! Aahgg I really need to get money and subscribe ;m; I bet it's really amazingg
Aahh I’m sorry! I thought about making it a donation incentive but Slipshine pays wwwaayyyy better than I could make off donations, so I figured it’d be a treat for fans of both of my comic series. Slipshine is pretty much the reason I’m able to pursue comics even part-time, so I hope people subscribe!
So how're comics coming along? Not trying to be rude but I was hoping you taking weeks off to work on comics would mean we would, you know, see more comics.
I took time off to finish up my Smut Peddler submission, which is a 12-page story that you wouldn’t have seen because it’s going to be put in a printed anthology that will be for sale this year.
If you were subscribed to Slipshine you’d know I do a 10-15 page update every month, this month being no different. (I’ve updated about 30 pages since this year started).
I am working on Love Me Nice pages when I get the chance, which of course you won’t see because if I post what I’m working on right now, bam! I have no buffer for April
So by the end of this month I will have basically drawn from start-to-finish and/or edited 20-26 comics pages. That’s almost a comic page a day. Sorry if ya gotta take my word on it or buy a book/subscription!
Hi. Just want to say that you're new Titty Time chapter is really good! I really like how you blended the LMN toony look with the style you use for other Slipshine stories and I loved the dialogue and the way the characters acted. It's like a sexy expanded universe!
Thank you! I’m always nervous when doing anything higher than a pg13 sort of rating where Love Me Nice is concerned because I never want people to think that the main story is porn or get sidetracked from the meat of the story, but at the same time I don’t think sex is bad and it’s just a part of Life and I wanna play with it as a theme. So it’s a hard balance that makes me feel crazy, so I’m glad you’re enjoying it!
What would you tell an artist that hasn't been in the saddle for a long while that wants to get back into the swing of things? Somebody that's worried about style, drawing habits and is afraid of failure. How do you think they should approach the situation?
You just gotta do it. No matter how bad you think it is or what problems you think you may have, if you wanna draw you gotta start RIGHT NOW and don’t stop. Stopping will only slow you down, you’ll never overcome your perceived obstacles by staring at them. Be okay with drawing some not-good comic and painting some not-good paintings — accept that it’s gonna happen. Don’t be ashamed because that’s how you learn to draw/paint GOOD, by learning from your own mistakes.
And failure doesn’t mean anything unless you give it meaning. You only fail when you give up and doing so makes you unhappy. If quiting makes you happier, it’s not failure. If persevering in spite of difficulty makes you happy, it’s not failure. But if you want to be an artist and you get scared away by fear and the potential to fail… that’s failure.
It kind of seems like you have a large and eager enough fan base that you might be able to make a living off of comics if you wanted to do that. Is it just that you don't want to?
I badly want to, but there are many factors in my personal life keeping me from focusing on it, for example at the moment being the sole bread-winner in a household of 2 and doing 2-3 jobs at a time. There’s no way to make comics the main focus of my life without killing myself. This may change after this year (edit: Or once I finally get the ball rolling on getting LMN vol 1 out or a slipshine collection), but for now I just can’t handle it.
The artwork you posted for the Smut Peddler looks awesome. When exactly will Smut Peddler come out and how will I be able to purchase it? The link you provided in a previous post doesn't seem to say anything about that...
It is a part of an anthology and there will be a Kickstarter for it. I will provide lots of details when they’re available!
Um…hi random question. Do you do commissions? I’d love to add your art to my collection. If you already answered this can you link where you did (Sorry to bother you if you did it’s just your art impresses the heck out of me)?
I keep hoping to open commissions soon, but I still don’t see an opening yet that isn’t freetime that I need for downtime, haha. I’m really hoping I can soon though because I need to save up some money in the near future.
A while back, I asked for creators who identified as LGBTQ to announce themselves and promote their work in a massive thread right here on Tumblr. It got hundreds of responses and tons of links to some incredibly wonderful work, most of which has not yet received the exposure it deserves, quite a…
I am Amanda Ann Lafrenais. My for-the-love-of-comics pet project is Love Me Nice, an on-going webcomic I’ve worked on for the last 2 1/2 years about the lives of cartoon actors (in a similar vein to Roger Rabbit, but with a very different focus and tone), which I update when I can.
I also work for Slipshine, an online collection of pornographic comics (free preview of my work here: http://orgymania.net/tittytime/), and in that vein I am contributing to Spike Trotman’s upcoming Smut Peddler, an anthology of comics with an emphasis on women creators.
I am 24 now, and though I’ve always had an investment in comics, I’ve only been making comics for the last 3 years. Considering I have had no formal training beyond a few community college classes, I am constantly in awe of how well my work has been received so far. While I’m still working as a bartender and waitress at a local seafood restaurant, I am incredibly happy with where my comics have gotten me in such a very short period of time and the interest other people have invested in them. I am excited about the opportunities in front of me.
I don’t think I’ll ever be able to make comics a “career,” but as long as I can afford to keep making them, I’m happy.
OKAY, so I’ve been off work for well over 2 weeks now, and I can happily say: I’m about caught up. I still have stuff to work on, but it is a very manageable workload, and once my next Slipshine update is uploaded, I’ll finally be in the clear to delegate some time to Love Me Nice pages.
I’m going back to work next week, and my tentative goal is to start updating Love Me Nice again.
HOWEVER, I had a question. Since Love Me Nice is a slow-moving comic by default, I’ve been considering following other models and instead of posting 1 page a week, posting 3-4 page updates every few weeks. I’m curious how people would feel about that.
Either way, by the time April starts, Love Me Nice will be updating regularly again, one way or another.
Hi! I just want to say I really really really love your art! I was able to buy some of your minicomics at MoCCA two years ago or so and gosh, they came out real great! I have a question, I'm not sure if you've answered this before (sorry if you have) but how do you do your screentones? They're really awesome!
I’ll do a tutorial/guide eventually, but basically my tones are always unique and generated on the spot. Basically, making sure I’m working in Grayscale (or the next few steps will go wonky) in photoshop I tone/shade with flat grays on multiple layers and then add textures where I see fit, and then on each layer(or selected area, depending) I apply the Color Halftone filter, alternating between the angles of the “default” setting, or setting all angles to 45 degrees — these are my go-to angles and any others tend to throw things off. I just play around and change “size” and angle depending on preferences, and sometimes I’ll repeatedly “undo” a halftone filter because it didn’t look right, and keep trying different settings over and over until the tones look how I wanted them to. I’ve sometimes made textures by applying a grain or texture to flat grays, then going into brightness and contrast and upping contrast all the way up, and then tweaking brightness until I see just the right mix/concentration of dots/texture. This results in there being no obvious grays in my textures/tones.
Is Claire a toon? There was one quote in particular that her grandmother said that has been making me wonder about her not being as elastic as other toons or something. Also, she looks different from all the other humans. >_>
I saw a documentary today that made me remember that you like monkies. Have you seen the Hunan Snub Nosed Monkeys? BBC had a Wild China program and they seem really remote.
Snub-nosed monkeys are great, yeah. They’re the kind of monkey that can look adorable one moment, scary as hell the next. I’ve nicknamed them Skull-face monkeys because of their noses and black eyes. There’s at least one species that has spastic sneezing fits when it rains because of their nose being so stubby.
So, hypothetical question: Say a toon and a human, like Claire and Mac Jr., have a child. What are the factors taken in (toon law, genetics, whatever) that decides what the child is/looks like. On the same note, is it possible for a toon and a human to procreate together successfully?
It’s a genetic grab-bag, really. And yes, they can. I used to have rules, but I discarded them a long time ago.
I can't remember whether you'd addressed this, but how would you describe Kelly's band's music? Not the quality of their performance per se, but like what kind of genre or bands are they trying to play?
That’s kind of a problem with their band — they have a constantly shifting identity and they don’t have a “sound” yet.