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gummahfan
08-05-2014, 10:57 PM
Hello Everyone!

If you've been seeing me float around the Creator's Corner, it is because I have been trying to navigate my way through the comic creating world. I have been getting a lot of great information, all of which culminated into my new comic release.

My indie comic book is called "Son of God", and it is written by myself to compliment the amazing work of my artist C.H. Kim. The comic is a 23-page self contained story that will be released on August 9th. Here is a quick run-down of what you can expect:

The story follows the character Armand who sees the darker side of his city that people ignore every day. He sets out on a mission to cleanse the world of these sins but his past catches up to him and realities bleed together. Will Armand succeed in his mission? or will he let his inner demons get the better of him?

The digital version will be available on August 9th at my website here (http://www.cedricklui.com/son-of-god). The comic is set at a reasonably low price, but for the first week I'll put it on sale to help get the comic into more hands. I should also note that my website was done by Squarespace which uses Stripe for the checkouts. Stripe is used on trusted websites such as Shopify.com so everything is on the up and up.

This is a passion project for C.H. Kim and myself and we appreciate any support you can give, even if it's just tweeting about it. Please visit www.cedricklui.com (http://www.cedricklui.com) for more information. Also, I get self validation based off of twitter followers, so if you could feed my ego and follow @cedricklui I promise I won't spam your feed with a ton of retweets. And of course, here are some previews!

https://static.squarespace.com/static/5395fce9e4b0c55cf7981b92/539f68ade4b08fa460f2c9d1/53a79084e4b074c78634d324/1405801505436/CoverPreview.jpg?format=750w

https://static.squarespace.com/static/5395fce9e4b0c55cf7981b92/539f68ade4b08fa460f2c9d1/53e19208e4b0d63b5fca26c2/1407292211807/Preview_1.jpg?format=750w

https://static.squarespace.com/static/5395fce9e4b0c55cf7981b92/539f68ade4b08fa460f2c9d1/53e1920ae4b0cee5b6b0d962/1407292218494/Preview_2.jpg?format=750w

https://static.squarespace.com/static/5395fce9e4b0c55cf7981b92/539f68ade4b08fa460f2c9d1/53e1921de4b0d63b5fca26d6/1407292226370/Preview_3.jpg?format=750w

https://static.squarespace.com/static/5395fce9e4b0c55cf7981b92/539f68ade4b08fa460f2c9d1/53e1921fe4b0cee5b6b0d97e/1407292234034/Preview_4.jpg?format=750w

Steven Forbes
08-06-2014, 12:28 AM
Nice preview, Cedrick!

I like the imagery, but I think you need to rework the text, as well as hire an editor. You have missing punctuation in there, and some of it is a bit tiresome to read. You also have a mixture of terms that needs to be explained.

You should also hire a letterer. The drop shadows are a bit distracting, and then they are going two different ways.

This could be interesting.

gummahfan
08-06-2014, 08:37 PM
Thanks for the input Steven,

It's my first crack at bat and I'm realizing more and more the value of an editor. I think I have a lot to learn but having this project under my belt is very motivating. Overall, I'm very happy with the project, and I think it does what I aimed for it to do. The themes and feel of the comic is where I wanted it to be. That being said, I'm sure my next comic will get more peer/editor review.

crognus
08-08-2014, 10:14 AM
Everything Steven said.

Also, you need to keep in mind comics tend to be read left to right. Due to that, in the first panel, I initially saw a stream of water shooting into the sky instead of a streak of a guy falling into an alleyway. You need to keep in mind how eye movement will affect the art.

crognus
08-08-2014, 10:24 AM
Scott McCloud has some good tips regarding panel flow in his book Making Comics that you may want to check out.

gummahfan
08-08-2014, 09:55 PM
Hey everyone! Just a quick update. Son of God is officially announced!

This has been a much more arduous labour of love than I expected. I've had a lot of ups and downs working on getting this out at the same time as becoming a new father. I had a fire lit under my ass to write this book when my wife told me she was pregnant, and I've had a hell of a time promoting it after he was born.

I want to just say, thank you to everyone on the DW board for helping me and answering all of my newbie questions. It's been an invaluable resource and I'll take your support with me to my next comic project.

The book is being released digitally and I have put it on sale for the release week. You can find the book at my website here (http://www.cedricklui.com/son-of-god)and purchase it on my website here (http://www.cedricklui.com/store/).

Thanks everyone!

http://static.squarespace.com/static/5395fce9e4b0c55cf7981b92/t/53bdf771e4b0c29b7e2a44da/1404958589635/TentanoseLogo.jpg?format=1000w

crognus
08-09-2014, 02:08 AM
Hey Cedrick,

I like your website layout. What are you using to manage your store?

gummahfan
08-09-2014, 09:06 AM
It's squarespace. Well, at least my site is. If you've ever heard a podcast, chances are you've heard their ad. They have a discount code that gives you 10% off the first year.

They are connected with Stripe, which is the same transaction handler as shopify. It's all legit and really easy to use.

The pros is that squarespace really is easy to use and looks really nice.

The cons is that you can't really export your site, and you're kind of stuck with squarespace because their sites layouts are proprietary.