Wednesday, March 28, 2012

ComiPo and other comic creating software

I tried out the ComiPo trial download. You can find more details about ComiPo at their website.

Test comic

A test comic using the Comipo software. Cool stuff is that you can drag & drop all sorts of special effects and backgrounds. The biggest disappointment OTOH is that it lacks basic text formatting features such as center justification and word wrap. Funny thing is it's easy to see why as Japanese tend to use just a single style of justification and because of that don't use word wrap either so the concepts are foreign to them. Another disappointment is they don't make all the features available such as importing your own pictures which is rather important. I want to see how that works out before I throw down any wad of cash and they pretty much screwed that up.

I've also tried Comic Life and Comic Life 2. Comic Life I was kinda disappointed with because all it does is help with text balloons and panel layouts. CL has no special effects function whatsoever so I'd still be reliant on GIMP for the fancy stuff. CL2 is a mass disappointment because it runs SLOW. I'm surprised I was able to get anything done, it was that bad. The first CL runs circles around CL2.

All that's left for me to try is Comic Creator, a software I found at the local Microcenter. It seems to feature what I'm looking for which is a way to quickly create text balloons and add special effects. We'll see how that works out.

Monday, March 26, 2012



My first Shinki Stew strip in a very long time. It almost didn't come out too because about a day or two after my previous post, my PC went and died on me so I had to rush out to get a new PC. My previous 2 PCs were self-built but I went with a pre-built this time due to wanting to have my PC up and running ASAP.

This particular strip is mainly about Soundwave. All that other mumbo-jumbo is just an excuse to have him use his alt-mode mouth. :D The next series of strips will also deal with the condition of the series and then we'll finally get back to Shinki and friends. :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

2D-Ism is now "officially" 2DToybox

I've come up with the title "2DToybox" a while back but I had kept the name of 2D-ism because I liked that name (don't you?). However, it just doesn't fit the main theme of my blog so I finally got around to changing the blogspot domain name. Another thing is that I've moved some of the blatant mature content posts over to which will be dedicated to the rare ecchi merchandise that I get or watch. If any reader still finds a post in this blog that may need to go to that other blog, please let me know in the comment section below or in the comment section of the offending blog, thanks. Other changes I've made include the fact that I'll be making pretty much all my blog posts here as opposed to before where I've tried to split it between a toy-themed blog and a somewhat personal blog. Ultimately, it didn't make sense to keep it separate as there wasn't enough content plus they eventually wind up crossing over anyways. :P So now everything will be posted here...not that there was much posted on that other blog to begin with... orz

Late February '12 loot
On to other news, the past month has been huge on import purchases. I haven't even started unboxing stuff from my last shipment and I'm already getting a ton of new stuff... orz Anyways contents listed below...

Late February '12 loot
Nendoroid Mio
Nendoroid Homura
Busou Shinki Lirbiete
Busou Shinki Ianeria, Dengeki ver.
Ultra-Act Mirror Knight
Ultra-Act Jan-Bot
BLK Huke artbook w/ BRSB figma
figma Append Miku
figma Homura
figma Index
figma Tsuruya
figma Mirai
BRS curry BRS ver
BRS curry DM ver

BTW, I've tried the BRS curry...and it tastes like crap, LOL. It's really black too, scary... At least the charms are cute.

I've also started work on my long-dead photocomics, yaaaay! \^o^/ Expect a strip in about a week. It's funny because I've been out of work the past year and you'd think I'd get on it then but no, I get on it after I found work. Go figure. :P Anyways, that's all I have to say for now, cheers!

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