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Creator Showcase: Final Smash Comics

Discussion in 'News' started by TheRealHeroOfWinds, May 1, 2017.

TheRealHeroOfWinds, May 1, 2017 at 7:22 PM
  1. TheRealHeroOfWinds

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    Final Smash Comics is a project run by a user of the name Yayster. She releases comics throughout each month about the characters within the Super Smash Bros. franchise.

    We sat down with Yayster recently to hear how she came about with her comic, and how it's grown as she makes more and more.


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    Hero:
    What were some of your inspirations for making comics?


    I'm sure some people would expect me to say Brawl in the Family, but I'm sad to say I didn't come across that comic until relatively recently! My main source of inspiration is Katie Tiedrich's excellent strip Awkward Zombie. I'm certain many of you are familiar with Katie's work; not only has she been running her comic since 2006, but it still maintains the same laugh-out-loud standard today. I'm a big fan!

    Another big source of inspiration was the web series Strip Search, created by long-running web comic Penny Arcade. I really recommend it if you're at all interested in creating your own comic, as it is both enormous fun to watch and teaches you a huge amount about the fundamentals.

    Other comics I enjoy are Poorly Drawn Lines, Webcomic Name, and for a bit of darker humor, Perry Bible Fellowship. And I have to give a shout out to Omega Mode, a fellow Smash Bros. comic which ended recently, but which I highly recommend you take a look through!

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    Hero:
    Is there a reason you decided to do make comics over making other media?


    That's a good question, as originally it wasn't going to be a comic at all! My initial idea was to work on some short animations starring the cast of Smash Bros, as I was playing a lot at the time. However, I soon realized how time-consuming that would be (ask anybody who has tried animation and they will tell you how long and painstaking a process it is) so I decided to try to tell the same jokes in a comic strip format. My day job means my time is rather limited, so this lets me put out more content on a quicker schedule, and drawing regularly and to a deadline is also fantastic for practice, if a little grueling!

    I may decide to translate a couple of comics into animated form at some point, but that would be a longer-term project.
    Hero:
    What brought you to your current artstyle?


    I've always been drawn toward clean lines (no pun intended), so my comic has always had that sort of aesthetic. I have made some changes along the way, though; I try to vary my line width a little, I started using colored line art, and I'm trying more and more to make use of depth, dynamic poses, and more exaggerated facial expressions.

    I really enjoy trying out other artstyles, too. In my most recent strip I got to try out Fire Emblem, Wind Waker, Animal Crossing and Pokémon styles. It was so much fun to try and recreate them!

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    Hero:
    Do you ever run into trouble coming up with ideas for comics?

    Yes! All the time. The important thing to remember about scheduled humor is that it will always be hit and miss. Some weeks you just won't be able to come up with a good punchline. It may be that work has been exhausting, or simply that you are running on empty that week, and it can be frustrating. Sometimes a joke just doesn't work, too! I came up with a comic recently which worked when read in my native English accent, but didn't translate when spoken in an American accent, which is one of the strangest reasons I've ever had to drop a comic!

    To help with this, I keep a document full of one-line ideas and add to it any time something comes to mind; it's useful to be able to look back on this if I'm struggling. And make sure to bounce ideas off some trusted friends if you can. It's amazing what can come from it!

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    Hero:
    Have you ever thought of reaching into other franchises besides Nintendo for comics, and if so what?
    To be honest, not really! I have a lot of fond memories of playing the Amiga and then the PC with my dad, and my first console was the N64. I've been a Nintendo and PC gamer pretty much my whole life, but I find Nintendo characters much more fun to work with when it comes to comics. If I were to consider a couple of side strips relating to other franchises, games I would lean toward would be The Witcher, the older Assassin's Creed games, classic Tomb Raider, MMOs (WoW and Guild Wars in particular) and the old point-and-click adventures such as Monkey Island and Day of the Tentacle. Oh dear... am I showing my age?

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    Hero:
    Is there a certain franchise you look forward to drawing?

    I think anyone who reads my comics will be able to notice a bias toward a few franchises in particular, especially Pokémon and Fire Emblem. Pokémon is an absolute gold mine for comic ideas due to its quirky and strange world, and Fire Emblem has so many memorable and interesting characters that I just love to draw (although it's often the most time-consuming!) Some of my other favourites are Zelda and Animal Crossing, and to a lesser extent the Mario series.

    I'm trying to expand my video game knowledge a little more; I recently picked up Kid Icarus: Uprising, and I'd like to explore Earthbound and the Kirby series in more detail.

    Hero:
    Say comics weren’t your main standpoint, what would you see yourself doing?

    For the most part, I'd see myself working on improving my digital painting. I've been doing a bit of portraiture recently, and it's been great fun! With the comic and my job, I can find it very hard to find time for these extra pieces. I definitely think that's something I'd like to develop in future. I see so many inspiring artists every day online who make me strive to improve.

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    Hero:
    For people looking into making comics, what is some advice you could give?
    There are so many things I wish I had known before I started! I can certainly give some pointers.

    - Have a clear focus and goal for your comic. Which characters will you use? What sort of humor are you aiming for, and who is your audience? Are there any other comics out there doing the same thing, and if so, what makes yours different?

    - You need to be able to deal with stress and deadlines if you want to keep your comic on a schedule. Web comics are notorious for ending after only a short run, and it's often due to the sheer amount of organization involved. Plan your schedule ahead of starting, and make sure it's something you can stick to.

    - You'll need to have a thick skin when posting your work on the internet. It's inevitable that you will receive some negative feedback - after all, humor is incredibly subjective - so be prepared to take this on board, even if it's written in a less-than-constructive way, and turn it into something positive.

    - Make sure you have a buffer of comics prior to starting, to reduce any immediate stress. If possible, create four or five comics before you post a single one publicly, even if you are tempted! This will help you get a handle on your style, and will also help you to gauge whether there is mileage in your idea.

    - Create social media accounts to accompany your comic; most definitely on Twitter and Facebook. A huge part of running Final Smash! for me is interacting with my followers on Twitter, which I absolutely love. If you don't want to spend money on a domain name, sites like Tumblr are good free alternatives to host a comic archive, and offer free web comic themes you can use to get started.

    - Set up Google Analytics where your comic is hosted. It’s invaluable to see where people are coming from, as this can help determine when you should post to achieve maximum exposure.

    - And finally, never give up! I still have a long way to go and a lot to learn. It's taught me a lot about myself as a person, and I hope that if you decide to go on your own journey, that you find it as fulfilling as I have.


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    Even though Final Smash Comics hasn't been out for too long, it's definitely taking the Smash community by storm! If you'd like to keep up with the comics you can follow the Twitter, or even check the tumblr page to check out the comics themselves!
     
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Comments

Discussion in 'News' started by TheRealHeroOfWinds, May 1, 2017.

    1. Z25
      Z25
      Nice interview! These comics are always great to read, definitely bring a lot of laughs!
    2. Opossum
      Opossum
      This was a nice surprise! I'm a big fan of the comic, personally. The humor's top notch.
    3. Rebellious Treecko
      Rebellious Treecko
      Heeeey, Forest Grovyle. (I doubt anyone will get what I'm talking about, but eh)
      Last edited: May 12, 2017
    4. YoshiGator
      YoshiGator
      Loved the samples given, then binge read through the other comics and I'm not dissapointed there's some clever and funny stuff in these comics.
      Last edited: May 13, 2017
    5. CardiganBoy
      CardiganBoy
      The Captain Falcon and Prof. Layton one always get me, pretty good work on these comics!
    6. Arakisan
      Arakisan
      I'm kinda surprised they didn't take inspiration from BitF...
    7. Alexis357
      Alexis357
      One of my favorite comic ! Thanks for the interview ! ^^
    8. Final Smash Gamer
      Final Smash Gamer
      The worthy heir to Brawl in the Family to me.
    9. Silvia
      Silvia
      These comics are amazing, I love reading them.
    10. Fuzzy Pickles!
      Fuzzy Pickles!
      I'm glad to see that Final Smash Comics is getting notice. It is my favorite Smash fan comic and I do like to read it on occasions. I hope that Yayster continues for a long time.

      The art is fantastic by the way, an example of how full-colored Smash comics should be done.
    11. XDaDePsak
      XDaDePsak
      Someone explain the Greninja one
    12. Ohsm
      Ohsm
      Love this comics! Had a good laugh. Does anyone else have flashbacks of the old Brawl in the family comic strips?
      Last edited: May 13, 2017
    13. YoshiGator
      YoshiGator
      Its just a 1/3 of the comic being shown, you can find the full comic if you go to the tumblr page.
      XDaDePsak likes this.
    14. Rapidkirby3k
      Rapidkirby3k
      Already I love these comics!
      Last edited: May 13, 2017
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    15. Wintermelon43
      Wintermelon43
      But where's the link to their comics?
    16. TheRealHeroOfWinds
      TheRealHeroOfWinds
      There's a link at the bottom of the article, and if you click each comic strip, you get sent to the full comic!
    17. link2702
      link2702
      I know I'm going to get hate for this comment but.... well first let me start with the good..

      The humor is there, I read a few that did really make me laugh out loud.
      The artwork itself is "good", by which I mean all the characters are proportioned correctly, nothing looks sloppy or "off" about the characters...

      But... they all look too "safe" or "generic" , like, what I mean is they seem to lack any "style" or "personality" that says "THIS is a comic by yayster. THIS DISTINCT style is hers."

      Like, when you see comics from Katie on awkward zombie, you ALWAYS know it's her comic, you ALWAYS can spot her style, same with Scott from F@nboy$, or penny arcade's comics, or VG cats. In all of them you can instantly recognize their distinct art style.

      But yayster? I'm sry but they all look like near identical to the source material.

      I know I'm going to catch huge hell for this comment, but really, I just think she needs to experiment more with the design of the characters, exaggerate some features and things to make them stand out more so folks can just instantly recognize even a small thumbnail and say "THAT is from yayster of Final smash".
    18. Yayster
      Yayster
      Hi! I'm really glad you like the humour, that to me is the hardest thing to get right so that means a lot :)

      Regarding style, I set off wanting it to look official. That's just my preference, and it's totally cool if it's not for you! Sometimes I do take liberties (I tend to draw Fox a bit differently for example) but it's just how I draw. I've never been good at stylised art that's not derived from an existing style, but recently I've been experimenting a bit with my own style on some of my non-comic work. Who knows, maybe it will find its way into the comics someday?

      But the world would be a boring place if we were all the same, wouldn't it?! So I appreciate hearing your opinion.

      Thanks for your feedback, and for wording it in the way you did. :)
      Last edited: May 15, 2017
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    19. Bent 00
      Bent 00
      Unique art styles like Katie T.'s are great, but your attention to detail and faithful representation of Nintendo's original character designs are actually two of my favorite things about Final Smash comics. Your work may not be very visually distinct in style yet, but I think it is definitely memorable because of its sheer quality. Your artwork is seriously some of the best I've seen in webcomics. I'm a big fan of clean line work too. IIRC, I read that you draw with a mouse, instead of a pen input...? If that's true, it's even more amazing. Speaking of which, I was surprised no one asked about how you make Final Smash comics. For example, what tools, software, etc. do you use?

      Please keep up the great work, @Yayster. It's always a pleasure to read Final Smash.

      As an aside...
      I hope to see Captain Falcon and Ganondorf (my Smash mains) more in your comics!
      That one comic about 'Dorf being a fan of Captain Falcon and F-Zero
      is one of my favorites. It explains why 'Dorf's moveset is still like Falcon's.
      If 'Dorf ever gets to guest star in Mario Kart along with Link, I bet he'll drive the Blue Falcon kart, ha.

      One more thing: If you're a fan of Smash mods... Have you ever heard of Brawl Minus?
      It's a lot of fun. I only mention it here because of how much I've enjoyed it. It's the longest-running Brawl mod.
      Last edited: May 16, 2017
    20. E.Lopez
      E.Lopez
      Thanks for sharing this! I had no idea this comic existed.
    21. Yayster
      Yayster
      Thank you so much! Those comments really mean a lot to me and really made me smile :)

      I do draw with a mouse (trying to wean myself off it, haha) just because it's what I grew up using. I didn't really get any fancy tools until quite a bit later! I use Photoshop Elements 11 (i.e. the cheap version) to draw the comics, but to be honest it has most of the features of the full version anyway.

      I have heard of Brawl Minus but I have not really explored the mod scene!
      Bent 00 likes this.

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