Making a Webcomic - Part 3 / by J. Logan Carey

Welcome back to my little series on creating a webcomic. For this next installment I'd like to announce that page 1 of Gemini is done! I feel accomplished. Check it out...

Here's the video of the process in Procreate from the import of the pencils photo all the way to completion:

I decided to do the complete page one with multiple panels as one Procreate illustration. Will this is definitely more satisfying for seeing the full page come together, I'm not sure if I should continue using this method, or go panel by panel. I suppose when it comes to a webcomic, it doesn't really matter. My thought for Zodiac is that when it is completely finished to put it together as one complete work and upload it to one of the online comic book storefronts. So I'm not sure if that needs to be in a page with multiple panel format or panel by panel. What do you guys think?

Now that I finished the artwork for page 1 of Gemini, how the heck can I add lettering? For other sections I may hire an actual professional letterer to add their magic, but for at least this one story, I wanted to try my hand at doing the entire process on my iPad Pro. Unfortunately, lettering is not exactly something built-in to Procreate.

Now, there are some other apps where the full comic-making process including lettering can be done. MediBang Paint is probably the best one I've seen out there. It's about the closest thing you can get to Clip Studio Paint/Manga Studio for the iPad. But to be honest, I haven't played with it much because the art tools in Procreate are just so damned impressive. So I need to find another option. 

There are probably a handful of apps that could achieve this, but the one I decided to go with was Pixelmator. I've long been a fan of the desktop version of Pixelmator. It's was pretty much the reason I switched from a PC to a Mac. It's kind of a simplified version of Photoshop, yet still very robust in its capabilities and all that for $30! It's almost criminally underpriced and certainly underutilized by those in creative fields. I highly recommend checking it out if you haven't already.

The real question is, can it be used to add lettering to comics on the iPad Pro? Answer: yeah...pretty much.

I was able to create curved-edged objects with borders that could serve as text bubbles. There are also simple comic dialogue bubbles that you can add as well. Gemini, however is all narration though, so no dialogue to worry about just yet. How were the final results? Check it out...

What do you guys think? All in all, I'm pretty damn happy with the outcome. I'm just starting out, but I can see a lot of promise and potential in using my iPad Pro as my main comic creation tool. I'll be adding the pages as I finishi