Muvizu’s new improved anti-aliasing

My examples of Muvizu’s new improved anti-aliasing (i.e.: “remove the jaggies and ‘zipper’ effects on edges”). It’s looking good for those who want to create webcomics with Muvizu frame grabs. These were made through simple FastStone Capture screengrabs from a one-second raw-AVI video (output at 1280px by 720px). Click on a picture to see the full-size version…

“It’s just a cartoon…”

Village Voice asks Why don’t comics and cartoons pay?

“If a … nerd from, say, 1961 were suddenly whisked … to the present day, he’d think comics had taken over the world.” … “The total value [ of commercial comics in the USA in 2009 ] came to $428 million” [ so why do… ] Even longtime comics pros with the most impeccable credentials find themselves obliged to do non-comics work”?

Toon hero

Experimenting with using Photoshop to toon/comic a straight iClone render, with default lighting…

Original:

With an extra two passes of Despeckle added in the early stages, and a slight Saturation boost at the end:

Free comicbook fonts

Those intending to make comic books using iClone renders and Comic Life (or Adobe Illustrator, if you fancy wrestling with an unintuitive application that’ll take years to learn), may like to look at the wonderful range of free comicbook fonts over at Blambot. Blambot seems to have blossomed, since I last looked at it. It’s now become a viable free alternative to the expensive Comicraft fonts range.

Also useful for those needing good-looking animation-friendly fonts for a movie’s opening titles (definitely something that iClone movie-makers need to pay more attention to, I’d suggest). Check out Blambot’s “Design Fonts” section.

Oddly, Blambot doesn’t appear to have any speech-balloon fonts? The Comic Life software has its own limited selection. But, for those exporting panelled Comic Life pages to do the bulk of the small lettering in Photoshop, I suggest the free fonts Komika Bubbles (komikabb.ttf) and Talk (talk.ttf). Just paste them into C:\Windows\Fonts