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Posted 4/2/14
So I was wondering if anyone here actually reads them? I know on other hosting sites there is a lot of prejudice about them, often labeled as cheap and lazy. Yet those sites are usually filled with people who make their own art (and I think they forget not everyone is a great artist, even with practice). Another major complaint I often hear is all the characters look the same; which is somewhat true. There is only so much you can do with 6 general face shapes and hairstyles and only 1 body type for each gender. But I wonder how much that would bother regular anime watchers, we often see anime put out by the same production company were it looks as if a single character has changed names and entered several different worlds.

Anyways, have you checked out any of the ComiPo manga offered here on crunchyroll (or elsewhere)? If so, what were your thoughts about that manga or the program based on what you saw?
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The biggest issue is the vast majority of them use the free and/or default character models/outfits/locations. And they also rarely put enough effort into posing either. So what you end up with is a myriad of stiff same-face same-outfit characters in the same school.

I think there are paid addons for it to add more variety, but I'm honestly not sure.

At any rate, the biggest issues are low effort, and same-face. You're better off looking for free model assets for Poser or Blender and making your own that way.
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There are 4 paid content additions and 9 free packs for the English version, Japan has a couple more over that. There are also several sites with free user made models, deviantART has a large collection of them as well. So yes, there are ways to get more variety.

Starting out I don't think most people know about that/ can't afford the add-ons though, I know I didn't and couldn't. I did what I could with what I had until I felt I had really started to build up enough story that people were reading before investing more. I guess it could be said if compared to people who draw their own, they may be able to make the page better with more details if they put more time or effort into their drawing but they don't because they want it to be liked before putting more of their spare time into it.

But I also understand what you mean about the defaults without effort. When trying out a new web comic or manga, I generally try and look at 2-3 pages at random in each chapter available of the story before saying I am going to read it or not. You can quickly tell by doing this if they have improved as the story progresses or if they haven't. Lots of spelling mistakes or horrible grammar (like they didn't even try), lots of 3D model clipping that could have been fixed (e.g. long hair stabbing through the character's back and out through the stomach) or just unnatural poses, lots of bad continuity (is he holding books or not?), any or all of these generally means I'm not reading. I am less judgmental on the on mixed media backgrounds or 2D/3D items or images, because that is just part of ComiPo and for people without much or any artistic talent you make due with what you have. Some joke manga on ComiPo even intentionally use blatantly mixed styles as a running gag and make it work, such as the Hyper Realistic Velociraptor (HRV) from "Figure It Out".
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When HRV is mentioned, I make my appearance!

Thanks for mentioning Figured It Out, means a bunch.

Aside from that, there are some on Deviantart who actually do some pretty brilliantly done comics/manga using Comipo, but for every one piece of gold, there's a ton of those default ones with clipping models and such as the problems you mentioned.


Comipo isn't a complicated program, and even with the default vanilla program, so much can be done, and then some. I haven't even fully discovered all there is to different techniques using Comipo, my favorite being auras and glowing eyes and punch effects, all done using the built in stuff.

I always try recommending Comipo to newcomers to comic making who cannot draw, and I never believe it's a wasted effort.

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Greetings and you're welcome Dragoshi! When I was considering if I was going to buy ComiPo or not I did a lot of searching to find examples of work by authors who used it. There were plenty that made me wonder if some of the problems just weren't fixable yet, then I found "Figure It Out". It was the one that really helped me see everything ComiPo could do and that it would work for my needs.

Anyways, back to the original questions:

Have you checked out any of the ComiPo manga offered here on crunchyroll (or elsewhere)? If so, what were your thoughts about that manga or the program based on what you saw?
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Does ComiPo! work on Tablet PCs?
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Posted 4/6/14

Sugarcrasher1122 wrote:

Does ComiPo! work on Tablet PCs?


I am not sure Sugarcrasher, I just use a standard laptop with Windows 8. This also isn't a question answered under their FAQ list so you might want to try contacting them directly and asking at http://www.comipo.com/contact/en_inquiry.html
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I do my best to create comics, even though I am not that great at drawing and or any other aspect of it. I think people should feel free to use whatever tools are at their disposal to create cool stories. I do however think that using such software is not going to get many people far, since it takes away a lot of originality and artist ownership. I think we can all agree that it would be quite sad if these types of comics grew to even 1/4 of the size of regularly created comics. I say it is good for people who enjoy it as a hobby but in the long run its not very good for the industry. Just my 2 cents
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the_warrior_of_ruin wrote:

I do however think that using such software is not going to get many people far, since it takes away a lot of originality and artist ownership. I think we can all agree that it would be quite sad if these types of comics grew to even 1/4 of the size of regularly created comics. I say it is good for people who enjoy it as a hobby but in the long run its not very good for the industry. Just my 2 cents



What about people who take the time to make their own 3D models? Or hand draw and/or digitally edit every frame to change their character's clothing? Does the software take away their originality or encourage it? Also, as far as ownership, you can publish and get paid for ComiPo comics as long as you don't claim the models as your own.

Also, I don't believe we can all agree on the fact it would be "sad", but maybe that is just my feelings as a ComiPo author. I would much rather read a ComiPo comic than some hand drawn comics. Just because the art is SO bad that it detracts from any value the story might have. And the kind of people who produce art that bad (myself included), no amount of practicing will help.

Just some food for thought.
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As far as people who create their on 3D models I agree with u 100%! I also agree that artwork is important for the enjoyment of any comic. I guess this is why I don't care for comipro comics though, because I cannot see anything but 1 generic style of the pro who developed the models. I would much rather see the unique way people create their art than how they pose other peoples works. Comics are not only about looking wonderful in my opinion they are about expressing yourself through art, and using other peoples work limits that expression quite a bit.
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