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For those who are not sure what this means, allow me to explain.
Think of ‘reading format’ as the direction that the comic is read.
Usually, comics follow the standard left-to-right reading format.
Mangas however, are read in the opposite direction, from right-to-left.
..and here’s how to read the new manga format that I’ll be adopting for ‘MMO?!’ from now on:
Quite a change eh?
– “Why the sudden change?”
Well, for a couple of reasons actually.
First is that CLIP STUDIO has many of these manga-panel templates already set-up to be used instantly, which saves me a lot of time when compared to manually creating each panel for every MMO chapter in Photoshop.
Second, is that with a clear direction to read MMO now, I can create more panels in each page without having to worry about you guys getting lost reading halfway through.
(A problem I had with the current ‘webcomic format’, is that because I set it up to be read simply from the top to the bottom of the page, sometimes following the panels gets inconsistent. Sometimes it’s left-to-right, sometimes it’s right-to-left. There is no proper flow in the paneling in my opinion. Adding the text after that might make it difficult to follow through the panels as well, and would sometimes just make things downright messy.)
Also, using the current format, each page would have an average of 4 panels, but with the ‘manga format’ each page has an average of 6 panels. This means that with more panels per page, I can create better flow and pacing in the storyboards, and the visual story-telling in general.
-“Why don’t you just use the manga panels, but still keep the reading format as left-to-right?”
This is for a personal reason, honestly. Although I could have done this, I felt it would be weird if I did. It would end up looking like a conflict of interest, in my opinion.
I have personally ran into webcomics where they adopted the manga format for their comics (panels, treatment, etc..), but still kept the reading as left-to-right and it feels just wrong and confusing to me.
It’s like taking a shit standing up, or fishing with your penis.
You could do these things, but you just don’t. (Just me though.)
Anyway, I hope you guys are alright with this change!
I can’t wait for you to read this chapter!
Oh, right! One more announcement!
The character illustrations will be adjusted to fit a more manga look as well!
See you this Saturday!