For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.

So this is the first comic I have done fully with Manga Studio. It is taking getting some used to but overall I really like it. Byron over at 1977 the Comic turned me onto its awesomeness. He also provides some pretty helpful articles over at the Webcomic Alliance. If you are considering a comic drawing program then you should consider this one.

That being said I still think the interface on Sketchbook Pro is far superior, unfortunately the Manga Studio wins out in that it is designed specifically to create comics. Once you setup a template file you are pretty much good to go.

Here’s a list of what I think rocks in Manga Studio:

  1. It helps you create word balloons! No more screwing around in Photoshop trying to do them. Just type your text and the it can create a word balloon around it.
  2. Panels! It is pretty darn simple to create panels, once you get the basics down that is. It also creates different folders for each layer making it much easier to keep track of what’s going on in those panels.
  3. Storylines! The whole idea that you can have all your pages right there “bound” into on convenient package is pretty awesome, it makes plotting a multi-page story much easier.
  4. The Brushes! Damn… there isn’t much else to say about them really. Maybe, Hot Damn.

Here’s where I think Manga Studio does not rock:

  1. Typography, the whole process of adding text is clunky and somewhat counter-intuitive in my opinion. It is not a smooth process by any stretch of the imagination.
  2. The export feature is weird… I am not sure how to describe other than weird.


So there you have it my thoughts on Manga Studio.



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