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:bulletpurple: A friendly group of international artists accepting members who create, illustrate and market their own titles. Titles can be webcomics, self-published print editions, graphic novels or comics.
Group
Founded 3 Years ago
Nov 16, 2011

Location
Global

Group Focus
Art Creation

Media Type
Digital Media

835 Members
894 Watchers
31,411 Pageviews
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Accepting New Members/Rules

Welcome New Members:
This Deviant Art group is seeking artists and submissions from folks who self-publish comics, web comics, graphic novels, manga, comic related posters and custom merchandise.

All levels from Newbies to Masters are completely acceptable. Welcome and please read the rules below or read the complete Guidelines for more information.

Basic Guidelines for Entries/Members:
1. We are an indie group for original titles and not a Marvel/DC fan comic or character group. No Spider-Man, Hulk or Superman fan art will be accepted.

2. Nudity, as in the artistic sense, is acceptable. Depiction of the human form is great - fat, skinny, sexy, etc. Pornography or hentai, as in explicit sexual imagery, intercourse and genital contact are not acceptable. This includes written or text file pornography as well. Also, no dongs.

3. A maximum of seven (7) entries a week are allowed from any member, or contributor, to Indie Graphic Novels.

4. No photographic work (portraits, photo-manipulations). unless it is of artist merchandise, will be accepted.

5. No icons will be approved for gallery folders.

6. "Trolling" aka the unwarranted harassment of members, guests or users will not be tolerated.

7. Theft of artists' work from this group, including false attribution, will not be tolerated. This will result in expulsion from this group and being reported to Deviant Art for potential account termination.

8. Violations of these simple rules will result in one (1) warning followed by a compulsory expulsion from this dA group.

9. Any member, or contributor, that commits a severe violation of one (1) of these rules such as posting multiple amounts of pornography or venomously disrespecting a member or user will face a mandatory expulsion. No exceptions. Violating Rule 9 also means being reported to Deviant Art and potential account termination.

10. No re-posting of any other artists original work unless you are or were on the art or writing team that generated the page or image. Theft or impersonation will be reported. Violating Rule 10 also means being reported to Deviant Art and potential account termination.

The complete Guidelines explain group submission criteria in greater depth.

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March Comics Newsletter

What a winter! After the coldest February on record for much of America, this March starts out frozen and icy. Something called a Polar Vortex dominates the USA. From radar images, it looks like a deep blue spiral of arctic weather pushing down from Canada and spreading east of the Mississippi to New England.

Enough of that, then. Next up, a reminder: M.O.D.O.K. Madness, hosted off-site at Blogspot by another group, is an annual event open to all artists. Illustrators and cartoonists regularly contribute dozens of original interpretations of the classic Marvel A.I.M. villain. We watch this event each year!

Welcome New Members

We started out as a small comics group with a few committed members. Today, we're at 815+ Members and 875+ Watchers with 50+ affiliates. Of all of the groups on dA we are the only group specifically for dedicated indie comic artists. Thanks for making this a place for your work.

Welcome to 30 more artists since the first of the year when January's newsletter went out including: GoodGuyRychard, masscomics, non-nobis-domine, Wolven-Sister, AtlasArtifex, FireMice, bigwillymac, spacerocketbunny, nezure, MarsRedrust, Musashden, Inside-Anas-Mind, mlappas, Black-lnk, CrimsonMagpie, Martin-Krieger, blattanzi, Tanmoyart, gafanha, Brunomarkes, Motise, lukesparrow, ronyworo18, Akaikane, lordbinah, Goat13, LuisPerez-Banus, Algoran and GN-GR.

New Indie Comic And Book News

To our main features now. This month, we spotlight two out-standing webcomics. The creators are both artist and writers for their own titles and have produced some imaginative comics. There is a high level of art skill and rendering in the artwork in both The God Stone and Gimkhana. Let's take a look!

The God Stone

The God Stone
The God Stone is a funny, irreverent and impressive webcomic about mysteries and magic.

Jessica Byrne aka Evil Dragon Queen writes and draws The God Stone. This ongoing fantasy webcomic is nearing the 100 page mark. The first 25 pages of Chapter One move quickly and seamlessly. The action is subdued and restrained but moves with enthusiasm through a hostile, dangerous wilderness.

Chapter One's early pacing introduces travelers within a murky, magical world. This comic looks like it takes place somewhere in our own Medieval era in northern Europe or Scotland. Here, it's not unusual for hungry, giant monsters to overtake unwary groups along the roadside. The rogue hero, Steel, nearly finds himself in the jaws of these creatures right at the beginning of this book.

The action runs parallel to character development so there aren't any hang-ups for readers. In fact, this webcomic has a really smooth presentation! It's easy to read with crispy art. The sound effects start out raw but they get refined as the book continues. This seems to happen when Byrne decides to let some of the SFX break through frames and panels more wildly.

The God Stone
Magic runs through The God Stone as wolves and spirits get super-charged with mystic energy.

The main, Steel, speaks (and also shouts) with a Scottish brogue accent. His reactions are great. There's a slice-of-life wryness that pervades the opening chapter such as: Steel fleeing instead of fighting monsters while also forgetting his magical stones. These "mistakes" that the hero makes are meant to cause face palms but are enjoyable to read.

Chapter Two introduces and develops Ry'Kauza - a cruel young man who wants to rule the world. His development from ambitious prince to would-be sorcerer king is interesting to follow. The 30 pages in Chapter Two provides background for the under-lying principles and backgrounds that drive the characters.

Chapter Three is going to be a very interesting read. Now that the heroes and villains are firmly entrenched, things look like they could get explosive soon. We will all find out later this year on Smack Jeeves. Now is the perfect time to subscribe to this book.

Gimkhana

GimkhanaA fantasy-action webcomic with great looking characters.

Gimkhana is an all-ages adventure webcomic by member Wild Ellie. The book has been updating since Summer of 2014. It's up to nine chapters and a total of 200 pages. Note that this comic updates up to three times a month with as many as eight pages at a time. This is actually a good approach. The release schedule is great for readers who want more than a gag-a-day or a page-a-week book to get into.

Let's first talk about imagination in the art style for Gimkhana. It is "iced in" with extra attention to both the character art and the rendering style for the magical events. That's all one artist. That is pretty impressive, eh?

Next, there are slight story element similarities to Dark White by Lily Aquilar and the above feature from Jessica Bryne's God Stone. All three feature magical beasts and human/humanoid interaction with them - yet they each do it very differently! And superbly, we may note.

GimkhanaElemental spirits, wolves and large carnivorous mountain cats roam! Some even inside of the heroes!

So just how good is the character art? Very good! The line art and expressions each look like Disney's Pocahontas or maybe even Mulan - like mid to late 90's Disney seems like a good comparison. The art can also be compared to the work from senior member Dedesaur and her Pirate Balthasar series. Like Balthasar, Gimkhana's characters each walk and talk with surprising grace.

The book's current subject matter has shifted to a more mature level of reader. Chapter IX is entitled "Indelible Scars" which contains some nudity and adult themes. However, this is at heart a PG-13 book. It is not sex-crazy but more of an attempt at realism with cartoon characters.

Please subscribe to Gimkhana and enjoy this unusual and well-drawn tale.

New Features

This month we want to talk more about art techniques. Since we are heavy into webcomics this month we want to spotlight a methodology from a webcomic colorist whose rendering has set a new standard.

Nimesh Moraji uses strongly defined highlights on skin tone and objects to create a signature art technique. I am giving credit for it to Nimesh due to the consistancy and numerous times I have poured over his work studying it. We can see it in the multiple webcomics that he's colored for Isle Square Comics and others.

Crazy Chucky by NimeshMorarji Executive Assistant : Iris by NimeshMorarji ANXM 6 - PG17 by NimeshMorarji

Isle Squared Comics' Pale Dark colorist Nimesh Moraji has set a tone for webcomic artists to live up to. His light rendering technique covers all arms, legs and facial expressions. It is done by highlighting, with an almost unadulterated white air brush. I have come to use it myself - it is the "Nimeshi Style" of rendering.

Affiliates

Did you know that Indie Graphic Novels has 50+ affiliations with other comic, art and design groups on Deviant Art? We are always looking to collaborate with like-minded Founders and Contributors. Please send us your Affiliation requests!
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:iconchris-gooding:
chris-gooding Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
hey would it be cool if I submitted a preview of my motion comic here? and if so what folder should I put it in.
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yosarian13 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thanks for including my Remurdered pages 08 and 09!
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TheHuntingAccident Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Professional Artist
WOW! The newsletter is amazing! Thank you so much for featuring us! We're so excited to be a part of this group! 
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Gargantuan-Media Featured By Owner Edited Jan 12, 2015  Professional Filmographer
You guys are welcome. Thank you for participating. The Hunting Accident looks really excellent.
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MichaelOdomArt Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
Thanks for the journal request! :thumbsup:
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