Would you recommend changing up to Manga Studio 5 from 4? I use 4 and am pretty happy with it, I've heard conflicting things about upgrading...
Yes. 5 has some significant differences from 4 (being based on a completely different program), and when it was released it was missing some key features from 4, but over time and a few updates, almost all of those have been added back in. 5 is more robust and has far better brush customization. Even if you’ve mastered 4, 5 will take a little getting used to, but I can’t imagine going back now.
Manga Studio. Reg or EX? I've been using Photoshop all my professional life. Would I be better suited with EX?
The EX version does have a few features not included in the regular version (full list found here). For me, the big one is the ability to create Story Files, which is just a way to organize and collect a lot of separate pages (I make a big blank story file with hundreds of pages and use it as a digital sketchbook).
All the drawing tools are present in the standard version. EX is useful if you’re working on multiple-page stories, but even then it’s not necessary (just very helpful).
I was watching some of the older Cracked - After Hours stuff and I noticed your name came up both in credits and as an artist. Did you do that as commission-type deals or were you a paid staffer, or was there some third way I haven't thought of?
It’s just freelance work. I don’t do any of the writing or anything. I just draw what they ask me to draw and then they pay me.
You know that comic when Reginald says he rather not have an opinion, cause that way nobody can disagree with him? That comic made me realize I'm a lot more like Reginald than I'd expected. Are you more like Reginald or Beartato?
I am actually most similar to a tertiary character from the alternate universe Beartato novels, Cool Danthony:
He just transferred here from a different school, but he’s very popular since on his first day he saved the team quarterback, Goku, from bullies. He’s very smart and good at sports and his eyes change color depending on his mood.
(real answer: as much as I’d like to say Beartato, it’s Reginald. We all know it’s Reginald.)
Of course… why would anyone not be allowed to draw dogs on Tuesdays?
I should point out once more that I did not invent Draw a Dog Tuesdays and I don’t really know more about it than anyone else. I just started occasionally drawing dogs on Tuesdays because my friends Brian and K.C. did it and I like them and I like dogs and drawing.
Hey, I literally just registered on tumblr to ask you a question. Will davis ever appear in a comic hanging out/doing stuff/battling beartato and reginald? Props on everything, your sense of humor is amazing!
I don’t have anything planned but I suppose anything is possible. Maybe Davis can co-star in a Beartato comic which is really just a concealed spinoff for his own series, “Hotel Davis,” where Davis runs a hotel and every week he helps a celebrity guest solve a mystery. It will be critically acclaimed and win several awards for a few seasons, then it will settle into mediocrity for a while before eventually becoming just offensively bad. Meanwhile I, having become filthy rich off licensing deals (Davis bike handlebars, Davis-flavored toothpaste, etc.), will manage my money very poorly and end up with nothing but a closed Denny’s restaurant, which I will rename to Davis’s. I’ll invite my friends for a free meal, but all of them will be busy that day. It turns out, however, that they’re not busy; it’s just that hanging out with me makes them sad.
One time I saw you post a picture of a ninja turtle holding a gun. It was basically one of the cutest/best things but now I can't find it and I guess what I'm asking is can you post it again because for some reason at this moment in time that picture is something I absolutely have to see again or else I guess I'll just kind of be a little disappointed and then go to sleep.
Photoshop CS6 or CC users: here’s something I just learned that you may find as helpful as I do. There’s an Adobe Labs program called Configurator that lets you make customized panels for your frequently used tools, menu items, or actions. Why not spend Presidents’ Day optimizing your workflow?