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fbeme
06-29-2014, 04:58 PM
I already have a thread for my current series "Shepherd" that is being serialized 2 pages per week, but since I am coming up on the 1 year anniversary of the release of the second series I developed, "Order & Chaos," I felt like doing something more.

"Order & Chaos" is a 3 issue limited series that was released through comiXology Submit last year. O&C is a modern day action comedy that takes place in a country under civil war. Here is the story synopsis:

A mercenary is hired by the rebel leader of a foreign nation to help start an all-out rebellion, while elsewhere a spy attempts to infiltrate and steal secret files from the nation's presidential palace. As the rebel forces are used as fodder for the amusement of the American mercenary, just enough chaos is created for the spy to barely escape from the wrath of the government forces. With the dictator's forces still in hot pursuit, the spy focuses all his energy on getting out of the country alive, even as the nation's capital continues to fall around him.



Since the amount of promotional offerings is rather weak through comiXology, I thought I would try something a little different. I have released the entire first issue of O&C online at my deviantART page:

http://fbeme.deviantart.com/gallery/50110223/Order-and-Chaos-Issue-1

Some sample pages follow, but please drop by if you have a second. It's 30 pages of story for free, so no cost to you outside of your time.

http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l597/Inanimate_Comic/Cover1.jpg

http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l597/Inanimate_Comic/Is1_pg3.jpg

http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l597/Inanimate_Comic/Is1_pg10.jpg

fbeme
07-03-2014, 09:40 AM
For those who would rather have the complete issue in pdf format, I have made a copy available for direct download:

https://www.hightail.com/download/ZUcxOU1XSyt6NE51a3NUQw

Charles
07-03-2014, 11:51 AM
I am glad that you posted the complete issue in PDF format. I prefer to read comic books in PDF format.

You might want to revisit the decision to use black narrative boxes with red lettering. That combination was a terrible decision. If I make the comic in the Fit Page mode, most of the narrative immediately becomes illegible to me.

The while dialogue/speech bubbles, I can read in that same mode, although making them a little bigger would have made the reading experience in that mode more pleasing.

fbeme
07-03-2014, 12:38 PM
Thanks for the feedback Charles.

The red text on black I considered before, but it seemed to work OK for most. The different color dialogue is directly part of the narrative; it continues with Issue 2 when we are introduced to "Order" (although it uses a different color that is very clear), and then brought together in the final issue when Order and Chaos "meet." The colors were chosen for the personality types, but yeah I thought about that before: it was a judgement call and I liked what my letterer did so stuck with it. There are actually 3 different types of text/color used and it relates to how the characters are interacting with the reader.

The other thing was the image quality for the PDF is lower than the comiXology and deviantArt versions: the pdf is about 15% of the comiXology version. I needed to make the pdf a reasonable size for easy download (not sure anyone would download the better version - it is over 100 MB for 32 pages). On the higher definition version, the text is very clear.

You can compare a page in the pdf to the image on deviantART to see if there is a difference, but I know what you mean

fbeme
07-05-2014, 10:09 AM
Another option for viewing

http://issuu.com/fbeme/docs/orderandchaos_issue1