Huh is it just me or did you make a font out of your handwriting recently? Was that a time-saving measure? Also, it's beautiful and you should consider selling it on Creative Market or something.
I did! I’ve been finding it hard to keep my hand lettering consistent while drawing Back, so I gave a font another shot (using yourfonts.com; I had tried making one long ago, but my lettering is much better now and the font looks far superior to my old one). And yes, it does save a huge amount of time. I wish I had tried it (again) long ago.
I don’t think I will ever make it public, though. My lettering is something unique to my comics which I’ve spent years developing and I don’t really like the idea of other people using it.
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.