There will always be people who argue on one side or the other over whether it is better to go traditional or digital when you’re making comics. I would say that argument misses the point. The reality of the matter is you can choose either approach when you make your comics. If you have the right fundamental skills and knowledge in place, you can make it in comics. If you’re still working on the skills, don’t worry. I’m gonna tell you what you can work on and how to refine your skills later in the book.
As it stands now, it doesn’t matter whether you create your comics by hand or with a computer. It’s the process afterwards that makes publishing any type of book in the modern market impossible without computer equipment.
Computers and mobile devices are necessary for things like formatting files, creating manuscripts, turning those manuscripts into a finished professional layout for print or converting them into digital book formats. It just can’t be done without them, so instead of arguing about whether computers are ruining the art of comics or comics in general, let’s talk about the necessities of them and where we need them, regardless of how we feel about digital art creation.
Another age-old grudge that’s likely to never be resolved. Let me fill you in on my background. When I was a young man breaking into comics neither I nor my family could’ve afforded a Mac system. Thankfully we had access to the software I needed and budget for a Windows system. Through time and effort I learned how to do anything you could want to do on a Mac on a PC. If you can do something on a Mac, you can do it on a Windows system. It might be a slightly different approach, with some different commands, but what’s more important is the software you are using to make your work, as opposed to the actual operating system.
For years I was a Windows guy. I would explain to people that “I can create anything on my Windows PC that they can on a Mac,” and that has always been true. The difference between the two really comes down to quality and ease-of-use. I was a solid proponent for the Windows and PC format for at least two decades. Today, I am a Mac advocate. What caused this change?
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