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Manga Online Friday Page 3 "Kapow Express" comix

Manga Online Friday Page 3 "Kapow Express" comix

Chapter 1: "Mei"
page 3

Here comes page number 3 of "Kapow Express." Now I decided to arrange the layout in the whole traditional Manga page for viewing in the Blog format. I just download Comic Template for wordpress...and it's not going to host here. But on the new site version 2.0 along with the new site format...with its own section and its own domain.
You can take a look at the new Online Manga site at (there is nothing there yet, but you can get yourself familiar with the site.) :)

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

Here is Page 1 & 2 Online Manga, Kapow 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:
Related post:
-Here is part 1: How to draw Manga Pig demon
-Manga tutorial: Drawing old man face, villian
-How to draw Manga comics panel Kapow Express
-Manga comics thumbnails page layout process
-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.

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)


Chris said…
Awesome stuff :D

Hey man, I don't want to over step my boundries or anything here but I thought you should know you're missing a T in the bubble that says "right this way" on the first section, and do you mean to say "sire" or "sir"?
"you mind sharing a table over there?" would be better as "Would you mind sharing that table over there?". "I don't have any spared changes!" should be "I don't have any spare change" and in the last section you are missing a T on "thought".

I feel a bit cheeky for pointing these out as it's your site and comic but it would read more clearly this way.
Anonymous said…
In panel one, it should be "anywhere", not "any where", or "any- where" if you're going to spread the word over two lines.

The fourth panel should read "I don't have any spare change!" Also, the word is spelled "Beggar." The text not in a bubble is hard to read.

Fifth panel: use "thought", not "though"

Also on that last panel, the bench has disappeared.

I'm a fan of the site and just thought I'd point these things out to hopefully be helpful.
XIA said…
Chris>> Not at all, feel free. :) Thanks again. That's what Blogging are for...raw material...and helping each other refining it.

anonymous> Thanks man! I really appreciate your help. Feel free to correct me.

I swear I really did pass English class in college. LOL... ;)
Mike Rhodes said…
Nice Font, Xia! :D

I really like how you use the size of the font to indicate voice volume/loudness. The Fact that both the Guy and Girl does it, somehow links them together. The watress' word balloon in panel 2 should be a bit larger, as the text looks too crammed; while nice for a diner, not so good for readability.

The waitress could call the dude "sir" as "sire" is for addressing someone of high social status. Unless that's the custom for this time/place that this story's taking place in.

And check out (no WWW prefix, they are that cool!) and their products Comic Life (Mac OS X and Windows) and Comic Life Magiq(Mac OS X only), they are quite nice for lettering comics and for assembling comics from diffferent sources of graphics (Photoshop, Jpg, PNG, TIFF files and such).

Just curious as to the resolution you're doing these pages in. I have made some templates that I use in Painter X for 11 x 17 inch at 300 dpi with Full Bleed lines copied from a BlueLIne Pro 11x17 fullbleed page.

Thanks so much for the tutorials, looking forward to next MangaFriday!
Luca said…
Xia I do believe you that you passed your english in college! lol :) well done!
Curtis (formerly Anonymous) said…
I see you've made the suggested changes to the text. It reads a lot better. One small last thing though, on the last panel you should have "asking for a donation."

Have you ever tried manually writing your own text instead of using a font? It would take longer, but could be more personalized and expressive. You could try printing off the page, then use a light table and maybe a Micron or Zebra pen to redo the text on a new sheet. With a decent scanner you could scan back in the new text in black and white mode and put it back in your manga without needing further cleanup.

I don't know much about manga, but here's an example of a comic that uses all custom text (done first on paper and scanned in, I believe):
XIA said…
Mike> Thanks a lot man! This is so cool that you guys are sparing your precious time to help me out. This Manga will get better and better every time. And I checked out the ipod comics site, it's amazing. I will try to think and see what can I do with and how am I going to implement them...that wasn't part of the plan yet but...they are so cool that I can't stop thinking about them.

Luca>> Thank man!

curtis>> Thanks for the link previously. I download some fonts from there, they work well with what I am aiming for.
Hand written text? Interesting, but my hand writing is worst than doctor's prescription writing. I will experiment and try to give it a shot, but I doubt that my letters will be any better than the one you recommended. Thanks bro.

Thank you guys for your time and your love! Just know that I really appreciate YOU all trying to help me out with this comics project on the blog. :)
Anonymous said…
Lo, is bob again. Really liking the comic here, but a question once more.
I'm currently trying to take up anatomy, but after copying bridgman for the.. I don't know how many't time already, I still can't seem to do the anatomy propperly from my mind.
So if you can give some guidance on extreme angles and realistic anatomy in general, I'd be very much appreciative of that :)
XIA said…
Bob> I would highly recommend you find life drawing session in your area. They usually held it at university or college (open for everyone, probably $5-9 per session depending on where you live.) Or most likely they are organized by local painter or have to seek them out. Look up on google, meetup, facebook, etc. You might find something valuable.
Attend it at least once a week.

About the request...I will, but be will come and I will let you know.

Anonymous said…
Take your time.
And I already do lifedrawing, 4 times a week, 3 hours each.

Cheers, Bob.
XIA said…
Bob> That's great! Keep doing the life drawing. I will try to make a few tutorials on action panel then...I will have to do it anyway. :) couple weeks.