Allow me to introduce my good friend Patricia (also known as ‘Other Patty’)! She puts up with an awful lot from me. Of course, so do Mary and Patty…
The four of us form a gang we call “The Screeching Harpies.” Remember, this is a posse, NOT a mommy’s group. Yeah, we get the kids together to play, but our real purpose for meeting up is to plan the next Apocalypse. So if you see a gang of forty-somethings (we’re not quite that old but we’re getting there), sitting in your local sushi restaurant, cackling evilly as they devour platter after platter of sushi, you know who you’re dealing with.
This week’s strip got done a little quicker than last week’s, thanks to the fact that I now know what to expect from Manga Studio Debut 4. Since I bitched so much about the program last week, let me say something nice this week. The program’s got some new nifty features, especially in the drawing tools. The pen tool can now adjust its line width according to how close you’re zoomed into the picture (that’s a big help, believe me!), and I can save customized settings for the tools I use most often, which also helps a lot. The pencil tool stinks – it draws a line so faint I can’t see it on screen – but that’s okay because I can set up a customized marker tool instead for roughing out the artwork. And the text tool and word balloons are pretty nifty, so long as I save **every couple of seconds**. Otherwise, working with text will crash the program so bad I have to restart my computer to get it to work again.
But that’s about it! Over all, we’re doing good this week. Now go practice some yoga. Seriously.