I was just working on the next strip, and I now have a blog for this comic, so I thought it would be a chance to talk about how the comic is made.
The comic is entirely done by hand with no computer manipulation besides scanning and adjusting of levels. Occasionally I’ll fix up a spelling error or something like that by computer, but everything is pretty much analog.
The comic is done on I-C Inc. 4KOMEN manga paper, 135kg weight, A4 size. It comes in packs of 20, 10 of them with the black lines already drawn in and 10 without. I never use the pages without black lines so half of the pages go to waste. It’s great paper, it’s really resistant to the humidity which is very handy in Japan. Each panel is drawn approximately 5 x 7 cm (less than the size of a credit card). I rough in where the characters in blue pencil, then draw in the details in pencil.
A word about the blue pencil: it’s a Stanford col-erase 20044 Blue pencil. I bought a handful of these from an art shop in Toronto in 1999 before I came to Japan, and now all I have left are stubs (the pencil in the photo is the longest I have). I may have to order a box of these online or something, I haven’t found these pencils here at all. The erasers on these fifteen year old pencils are hard as stone. But I love them.
The next post in the series I’ll talk about lettering and inking. It will be entitled “Behind the Curtain 2” or “Where I Make All the Mistakes”.