Posts tagged too much maya.

libsables asked: When is chapter four coming out??

chapter three isn’t over yet! i’m just going on a short hiatus while i move across the country.

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honeyintea asked: Maya, just letting you know that the link to "Links" on MonsterPop is broken. It has like an extra %0A in it for some reason.

it seems to be working for me! is anyone else having this problem?

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diyoki asked: Its really neat to see how your style has evolved though monster pop! Keep up the amazing work!

thank you! it’s changed quite a lot, hasn’t it…

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mcgiggleface asked: hey um. I saw you at the con san japan and I wanted to apologize for like, outright gawking at you. It was not intentional and I still feel hella bad about it, I just didn't expect you to be there and I was like woaaah and forgot proper human decency. I'm sorry that I stared at you and acted like a weirdo. um I hope you have a nice day. yeah

ahahaha, don’t worry about it! i don’t even remember that happening — or not more than usual, i guess?  trust me, on the scale of “awkward things that happen to me at cons” that does not even register.

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tyrantcomplex asked: Holy shit, your gaia items are so cute.

thank you! <3

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shaliomar asked: Hi! I found your art (cute comics via tumblr) and music (haunted from the weather on Welcome to Nightvale) separately and I'm so thrilled they're all from the same lovely lady! I just started reading your webcomic and I was wondering if there was any link that automatically brought me to the most updated page? I've bookmarked your comic but every time I go to it I have to click the >> button to see if there's a new page. It's a small thing, so if there isn't any button, no worries! Just checking

the » button is to the most recent page. otherwise, you can get updates via the monster pop comic tumblr!

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kathfarsis asked: Thanks for the advice in that last ask; "just do it" is something I can't get enough reminders of! If you don't mind, I'd like to take this opportunity to ask about something oddly specific about starting a webcomic: how does one go about deciding on an update schedule? For instance, was there a particular thing that motivated you to post Monster Pop on certain days, or did it "just feel right"?

the biggest thing to decide, i think, is how many updates can you make per week without hating yourself?  i think i started out only doing one or two, but after i graduated i raised it to three. and i decided i wanted to upload one strip per update, but you might be different. you might do it all at the same time or do two each day or whatever. basically, figure out what you can consistently make in a week and then pick the day(s) you like.

the day itself isn’t super important, really, other than keeping scheduling conflicts in your own life in mind. i started making monster pop! while i was still in school so i just scheduled updates on the days after my free day (i.e.: no class, a.k.a. when i had time to draw strips).

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huntri-ftw asked: Hi there! So I'm in the process of creating my own Web comic and I was curious if you had any tips or advice? And any resources that you'd recommend? Please and thank you~

i don’t really have any resources that pertain specifically to webcomics. i went to school to study comics but it was pretty heavily focused on print so what i do online is pretty much just take those ideas and apply them to the web as a medium. i always suggest scott mccloud’s “making comics” to anyone who wants to make comics at all. it’s a really good basic guide to comics and he’s a great comic artist.

other reading i highly recommend: asterios polyp (by far one of my all time favorite comics; it isn’t a guide or a how to, but i think anyone who has read it can understand how valuable it is to have in your mental archives), framed ink (actually about storyboarding, but can be applied to comics as well), and perspective! for comic book artists (do i even need to explain this one; actually, i need to go back and dust up on it now that i think about it…)

other than that, all i can really tell you is to just do the work. make the story you want to make but understand that different types of stories will require different amounts of work in different areas. if you’re going to make a comic in space, you better get good at drawing all that space stuff, etc etc etc. basically, it’s your story, work as hard as you want to to do it justice. if you put in good work, even if it starts out rocky, eventually you’ll get to a good place. if you crap out on yourself, you’ll probably make crap. making comics is a lot of work and there is no way around that. it is very much a labor of love (not to say there can’t be compensation, but it’s like animation; why would anyone draw that much of the same thing over and over and over again if they didn’t love what they were doing).

one last thing: you’re going to screw up. it happens. you can’t make a perfect comic. it’s better to start and realize you messed up a year later than to keep putting it off for years and be left with nothing. there is a lot to be said for careful planning and plotting, but after a certain point you just have to make the damn thing and know that no matter what, in a year you are going to grimace when you look back at that first page. our taste always evolves ahead of our talent so don’t wait until you are “good enough.” if i had waited until i was good enough i would never have made any comics. it’s all good and well to practice drawing beforehand and improve yourself, but nothing with force you to improve more than actually making that damn comic.

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everydayvagaries asked: uh uh I've been thinking of making a webcomic, is it ok if I use one of your fonts?? I know it's free n all but I didn't know if that was just for personal use or what

i’d actually rather that you didn’t!  i do have the monster pop! font i use up for free, but i mostly put it up just for casual use or for people who want to use it for mp! fanart and such.  but since it’s actually my handwriting i would feel kind of weird if it appeared in someone else’s comic.

thank you for respecting my wishes! you can make your own font here.

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nightlywriter asked: I hope this doesn't seem like a spoiler but are you perhaps pushing marina and george towards a coupleship like franny and percy?

i always find it funny when people ask if asking about future romance in my comic is spoilers/plot relevant. monster pop! is basically a shoujo comic/romcom with monster girls, anything to do with the relationships/romance in the comic is very closely tied to the plot.

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