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The FaLLEN Ch. 1 books look great!! This might be the nicest print job I've had for any of my books, especially for my comics. Some of the pages turned out lighter than what's on the site, but that was my fault-- I went in to do clean-up on the pages that needed it and the pages, for some reason, turned out lighter when I switched them to BMP (does anyone know why you can't darken an image with brightness/contrast after you've converted it to bmp, even if you convert it back??) Part of the reason Ch. 2 hasn't got anything up yet is because I've been trying to figure out a better method of scanning my work. But even then, they still look good, some of the lighter tone (like lipstick and such) don't show up. Unfortunate, but the pages still look good.

Oh, there is one thing... but this might not make a difference to you guys. I was so caught up in formatting and everything else that I somehow missed a major typo in the Japanese title for "Bring Me To Life". I must have been tired and blurry eyed when I typed it and I just never noticed it, and I'm actually kind of humiliated here... I just can't believe I made this mistake. I was so proud of the print job and then my eyes found the typo ON THE COVER and my stomach churned so much I thought I would puke.

Normally I wait until events are over to offer my books to overseas readers, but... I want to get rid of these! So if you were thinking about getting a copy, the book is about the size of a magazine (B5 size) and the cover and back cover (with a bonus cutesy illustration I won't be posting in my gallery) look fantastic. If you don't read Japanese, you won't even notice this typo. The book looks and feels great except that I punched in the wrong kanji on the cover, and I don't want my Japanese readers to see that because they will assume the inside is jumbled as well.

If you buy a book, I will throw in two free postcards of your choice (that way I won't have to adjust shipping). I would REALLY appreciate it.

The book if 40 pages of the Japanese version plus a thank you section and full-color front and back art. The paper is great! I'm definitely going to keep using this print company.

The book is $6 + $3 shipping and handling for anywhere in the world. You'll also get two free postcards! Plus, anyone who buys copies of the individual chapters in Japanese will get free swag if they order the first English volume as a thank you for your support. Any support would be great, since I don't get paid to post pages of FaLLEN online (starving artist, woo!).

If you would like a copy, send me a note and I'll send you my paypal address, or you can leave a comment and I will note you.

I'd really appreciate all the support I can get! I'm pretty proud of these books, and even with the typo they still look great.

The website delays have also been partially because of the printing and me uploading some new stuff to the site. Hopefully I'll get that all going tonight!



Event: Comitia 102
Date: February 3rd, 2013
Time: 11 am - 4 pm
Where: Tokyo Big Sight

Space No.: G28a

👈 This will be on sale this weekend at 500 yen a pop. I'm really really nervous because I sent it off to a printer I've never used and I won't see the final product until this weekend at the event. I went through and cleaned up the pages and realized when I changed them to bitmap some of the tone came out quite a bit lighter than I was expecting. If the printer is really top-notch I think it'll be okay, but my pages look a bit lighter than I'm used to seeing them. If the prints are pretty good I'll offer them for sale on here, too. I made fifty copies, so they better look good... eek.

I hope you all have been enjoying FaLLEN! I'm enjoying drawing it, and I'm really looking forward to the next few chapters where I'll get to have a little more fun with characters interacting. No monsters until 4, though :(

Updated my commission status below. Changed the layout since I haven't updated all those extra links in a while...


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Commissions Status (Updates: 1/23/2013)

1. :icondarynluna: working on lines
2. :iconyurizemira: sketched
2. :iconnyanko87: not started


I'll be featured on the new comic site COMIC SHA-KEEN! for anyone interested.

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MsMissy87 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
alright ready to buy a book :)
OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Noted you!
MsMissy87 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
paid and awaiting :) i know it takes a while though :)
OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Actually it should only take 2-3 weeks now. I'm using a different service... still takes a while but not NEARLY as long as it did before! I'll be sending your book out today, btw :D
MsMissy87 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
ahhh awesome!!!!!!!!! stoked!! looking forward to it :)
mechacharibdys Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Production designer/print tech here!

When you convert an image to bmp, it strips out all greyscale information, leaving pure black and pure white only, so the brightness/contrast can't be adjusted because there is nothing to adjust. What probably happened is that in the conversion the lighter greys became white and the information was lost. I try not to do any conversion on final files, and you may have to rescan.
OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ah! I LOVE YOU! That's what I thought was happening, so for the new page I posted I I didn't convert to BMP, I just adjusted the threshold and used unsharp mask. That got rid of the blue lines from my paper okay, and it didn't change the image too much from the original scan.

I hope you don't mind me asking some questions about this...

I used to scan at 1200 dpi, grayscale, and then do adjustments and convert to bmp after I adjusted the values. But I noticed the blue lines were still sometimes present, so I switched to just converting to bmp and then back to grayscale as the printers requested. That left many of my pages somewhat whitewashed looking compared to before.

Since the printer's templates for printing were 600 dpi, I decided to scan my newest page at 600 dpi and work that way. My question is, is that going to look okay printed out? Should I scan at 1200 dpi and then reduce it, or just scan at 600 dpi and continue to just adjust threshold and such? My main problems are making sure the blue guidelines on the paper don't show up in the finished image AND keeping most of my screen tone's values.

I've found a ton of scanning/printing guides online for regular black and white comics, but not for b/w comics that also use screen tone. Any suggestions from a pro would be a BIG help, especially since I just started working on material for the second book.
mechacharibdys Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
600 dpi will be fine! That is print standard for quality black and white. Lower than 600 tends not to print as sharply, but 600 is great. To be entirely honest, black and white CAN be printed at 300, but it tends to look a little grainer. Most printers are looking at ~600 dpi for the capacity on their equipment, anyway. While 1200 is in theory crisper, you're not going to notice the difference without a loupe.

What I like to do is scan in full color at 600-- which, granted, makes for hefty raw files to start with-, drop out everything to the yellow channel to capture just the blacks, and THEN adjust levels and convert to 600 dpi b/w. Just thresholding it (like you described) should work fine; there are many ways to achieve the same results. I have only worked with digital tones (both in production and my own art) but given that yours is the physical art (which is way cool) I would try to avoid changing resolutions too much in order to avoid potential moire.

If you have any questions, I know a few people who did b/w comics back in the 80s, and I know at least one of them has been scanning and prepping hand-toned pages for reprint!
JadineR Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Sorry to butt in, but how do you exactly drop everything out to the yellow channel? I barely deal with channels, so sorry for the stupid question ^^;
mechacharibdys Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
No problem at all! Here's a short forum post I found about it (I find it helps to have a visual, for myself):

[link] (this one covers a different method, which is scanning inks in bitmap)

There's a lot of different ways to do it and none of them are "right" necessarily. I hope this helped!
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