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Manga Friday "Kapow Express" page 1 from

Manga Friday: "Kapow Express"

Chapter 1: "Mei"
page 1

Here is "Kapow Express" *new name for Shanghai Express. I arrange the layout in pieces in stead of the whole Manga page for convenience viewing in the Blog format.
I also schedule to deliver at least ONE Kapow Manga page every Friday! And the rest...are More tutorial.

After I have about 10-20 pages, then I will combine them into a Manga page format and host them at (that's the plan anyway...but we'll see)

Kapow Express, Manga, online, comics, comix, kung fu, anime, panda, monk, action, zombie, china, chinese

Kapow Express, Manga, online, comics, comix, kung fu, anime, panda, monk, action, zombie, china, chinese

Here is page 3 Online Manga, Kapow Express.

Edited new font into the Manga (09/01/08)
Edited page layout (09/04/08)

to be continued...NEXT Friday. :)

Related posted:
-How to draw Manga comics panel Kapow Express
-Manga comics thumbnails page layout process
-Page 1 and 2 panel layouts, the lost project "Shanghai Express"

Drawing Software & Tools I used and recommended:
-Genius MousePen 6x8
-Wacom Intuos3 6X8 Pen Tablet
-Bamboo (Small) Pen Tablet (new from Wacom!)
Economy for everyone.
-Gimp (Free Download)
-Adobe Photoshop CS2 (Professional software)
*You can just use pencil, paper, markers on this one...just practice rendering.

New tutorials:
-How to draw Manga male face
-Manga tutorials draw facial expression mad or angry girl face
-How to draw face of demonic creature Asura
-Gatorfish or Fish-Gator Creature Design drawing.
-How to sketch a Sorcerer Pink

Face Constructed: How to draw faces
Archetypes Design Manga Characters Tutorial Download
Character Design Tutorial Download
Female Figure Fusion Vol.02 Tutorial Download
-Character Design Tutorial: Dark Valkyrie

** If you have any basic questions or specific please looked up Q/A section. Most of the time your questions has already been answered in Q/A.

If you need any help or support you can
-post questions or comment on the post (seems to be the fastest way to get response)


Knuckles930 said… seems to been picked up by a crawler already and is taken. So unless you want to rent it, I would suggest to take an other link, or maybe better make a sub-domain to, something like
Knuckles930 said…
Also a good idea is to not publish the name of a site you want to get until you actually have it. Prevents other from getting it before you and than be willing to rent it for a way higher price...
XIA said…
Thanks Knuckle, good thinking there brother :) I already own "" before I decided the name that changes from Shanghai Express (I think there is a movie with that name).
BTW: How'd you know what I am going to do next? As if you read my mind :)

*You should find any books by Seth Godin (How to make a purple cow, the big dip.) It's a great read!
pokepetter said…
GREAT! I want more :)

He he. That girl's got a cold.

btw, wouldn't it be "Mr chow's noodle house" and not "Mr. Chow noodle house"?
XIA said…
pokepotter>> True, true... I am very good at grammatical mistake. Feel free to correct them when you see one. Thanks!
Knuckles930 said…
he he, Ill see what I can find by Seth Godin. But it's good to hear that you already own the site link.

Well if you need any help with the site, know where to find me.
Chris said…
I hope giving yourself a deadline to meet each week isn't going to eventually become a chore for you rather then fun. Good luck man, looking forward to those zombies!
Mike Rhodes said…
I've been visiting IDG for a while now and really like the tuts and such.

One comment, please visit and download some of the free to use comic lettering fonts there! Anything's better than Comic Sans, for instance the Serif "I" when i is used as a pronoun, otherwise it's just a san serif "I." I know this is just a really minor point, but It's a very important one as the text/font that is used is the "voice" your comic will have.

Do a google on Todd Klien for some really neat lettering for comics.

have a great weekend. Looking forward to next ...

manga friday!!
XIA said…
Chris>> Thanks man! Yeah, that's one aspect I was concern with also. But I will have to find the way to variant it...and make it fun for me, hopefully I will pull it off. At least for the first chapter. :)
But it's a lot more fun and more passion doing my personal stuff I'll tell you that. :)

Mike> Great advice brother! Thanks a lot for all the info. I will download it and re-edit those text.

snow said…
these are amazing. i am always using this site as a reference and am incredibly thankful for it. too bad i cant get my head around a wacom tablet (too uncoordinated with it).

i wish there was an actual REALLY basic photoshop painting tutorial, as i don't know how he is using the eyedropper, different opacities, layers and brushes. =[
Knuckles930 said…
Snow, if you have trouble using the normal wacom settings, you might want to try the mouse setting under "Tablet-screen relation". By default its set to pen, but if you select mouse. You can use it like your used to with a mouse, but than using the pen.

This specially comes in handy with games like Oblivion or Guild Wars.
Which take the rotation point for your camera, the center of your tablet.

As for the standard tools, the best way to see how they work is just to try them out. F1 for help files might get you further also. Or search for some basic tutorials on the internet.
Chris said…
Hey snow - wacom's take a while to get used to!

If you nose around the site, in the various tutorials and blog entries I think you'll find the answers you need.

But that could take alot of time! Having scanned about for the info since I first started coming here I might be able to help out with a few of those points off the top of my head. Hope I remember them right!

Opacity: When first sketching out it's at about 30%. When using colour it's between 70%-100%.

Colour: when using the colour tab, there's a little drop down menu that you can click on to the right of the box. There are lots of different sliders there that you can choose to work with instead of the default set. It is very useful to use the HSB set when painting in photoshop. (Hue, Saturation, Brightness)

Eye-dropper: When you eventually find the colours/values you want the eye-dropper is used to help pick out those colours again without using the colour tab. Saves alot of time!


There are lots of ways of using layers, especially when combining those layers.

- Normal layers are pretty self-explanatory.
- A multiply layer lets you paint over whatever is underneath without losing the image. This can be extremely helpful when you've created an intricate bit of line work you wish to preserve (the link below shows this in step 2):

- An overlay layer is exactly that; you are overlaying one colour on top of the other i.e. a normal layer is red, you paint over that with a blue and the two colours mix into purple. A multiply layer does not do this; it uses the value (how light or how dark something is) of the colours below only. So I paint that same bit of red - but this time it doesn't turn purple, instead it is another shade of blue, either lighter or darker, depending on the value of the red beneath.

- Screen layer. This one is pretty hard to explain. When using black and white on this layer, pure white seems to paint up as normal. Pure black however is completely transparent. I THINK this is used to help with various lighting effects normally, but it can also be used to help pick out colours. When using a screen layer, try to think of the colour as light rather then a bit of paint.

I should explain that most of the time in these tutorials both overlay and screen are used to pick the colour only - make the layers, paint on them, but when you have found the colour you want remove those layers and use the colour on a normal layer.

Brushes: Try not to get overrun with loads of different brushes. Have a hard-edged brush and a soft-edged brush to use the most. The soft-edge helps with blending or making things seem distant. The hard-edge helps to define a solid object or bring something to the front of a piece. Use a few texture brushes to help give a piece more interesting texture, or to save you some time! (a brush that can be used for painting hair for example). Again in that yellow mecha robot piece you can see the sponge-like brush used for the background.

(I'd like to point out though that there are many ways to approach drawing with traditional media and stuff like photoshop. Use what works for you!)

and again I start out thinking I'll try and be helpful and brief and end up writing a page! I hope this helps you snow, and good luck!
Knuckles930 said…
If there is a need for some info on the use of the basic tools of Photoshop, I might be able to put some info up at the community site.
Chris said…
I think it'd be a cool idea.. trying to keep each point clear and precise... not an easy thing to do!
snow said…
Thanks so much guys I didn't expect such a fantastic response.

Sorry I didn't make much sense with what I said, so take two: I understand what the tools do (not so much the layers till now - thanks Chris), but whenever I watch XIA paint, he's using the eyedropper and different opacities all over the shop, I wish it was just a little more clear. However I am beginning to practice with simple paintings like manga style where few colours are used.

And one last thing, I am pretty bad at memory drawing, is it bad if I always use a reference (I never copy exactly)? I just feel my brain can NEVER imagine a pose, it's like that area of my brain is a big empty void, and whenever I try I can never string it together. We do the odd life drawing at my course (multimedia design) and I am confident with anatomy, just can't get that damn pose in my head!

Thanks for your help guys its much much appreciated I will try your advice.
XIA said…
Wow! guys...Looks like there is a BIG party going on here that I missed?

Snow> Since Chris already explain it and there are some more tutorials you can look on the site also. And Knuckle will do some. So you are good to go. :)

Chris>> Thanks a lot man!!! It's good to have knowledgeable people around here to help others beginner out. I will add that to the basic PS repost edition. I am so greatful. Thanks a lot!

Knuckles>> Thanks to you again brother! Nice tutorial you got also, I will link it to the new post.

Can't wait until the new site is up! Joomla can feed your content in if you guys (Chris & Knuckle) have blog post. Great contribution and big help.
Yeah guys feel free to encourage and inspire each other. This is great!!! The world will be a better place. Man, I am excited!
XIA said…
Also just changes all the fonts in the Manga comics as recommended, slightly different, but much better as a whole. I think...:)
Knuckles930 said…
Well since we are good to go here,
mind as well post some more.

I've put up a demo for the basic use
of the Ps tools. Head over to the
community page and check it out.

I do have to warn you all that
currently its still in beta phase.

As for the Eyedropper tool, I'll
see if I can come up with something.
But the best way to get used with it
is to just try out how it works.
XIA said…
Knuckle> Very good tutorial and very intuitive, I will have to link the post to the main page, I hope you don't mind. You post is coming up in a couple of days.
Peace!!! Thank you so much again!