Frequently Asked Questions:

Who prints your books?

Regent Publishing Services LTD. They have been the most consistent in providing quality content, in my personal opinion!

http://www.regent-hk.com.hk/


Do you ever think about going full-digital?

Yes, I may be going full digital for an upcoming project. After Sithrah, I am plan to relaunch Phobos, an old comic that I created in high school in 1993 and the first issue was published nationwide in 1994 by Samson Comics.

I will let everyone on my mailing list know about Phobos when I finally start getting serious about it. :)


Who is your flatter?

Aaron Daly: https://thepoisonedpawn.wordpress.com/flatting/


What does the name 'Sithrah' stand for?

Sithrah is actually an old Hebrew word with multiple meanings. Jason spells it in a unique way that can be found in really old religious texts. It can mean things such as: covering; home; guardian; or protector.

Pretty cool, huh?!


Why do you color your line-work sometimes?

Jason doesn't generally think about coloring his line work. He puts effects over the top of his line-work (i.e. color dodge layers in Photoshop) and as a result the glowing effects he's shooting for kinda just happens to cover his lines. Sometimes he purposefully changes the line color to separate things out so the colors on his panels don't get too muddy.


Who are your primary art influences?

Early beginnings making Comics: Farside (Gary Larson), Garfield (Jim Davis), Calvin & Hobbes (Bill Watterson)

Middle beginnings making ComicBOOKS: Eric Larson - Spiderman who later did Savage Dragon, Eastman & Laird - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Todd McFarlane's - Spiderman (Lizard Issues) right before image Comics formed.

Later on to solidify style: Moebius, Hayao Miyuzaki (Akira, Spirited Away etc.), Cowboy Bebop, FLCL, Chris Bachalo (Style heavily influences me when I was getting serious about my style) Travis Charest, and more.


Does music influence your art?

Yes! I don't always listen to music, but when I do . . . I usually listen to this awesome artist:

http://joshgarrels.com/

I also listen to Glitch Mob and all sorts of stuff depending on my mood :)


What 3-D modeling app do you use?

BLENDER!

 https://www.blender.org/

Jason also hires Oscar Campos to create his 3-D models which saves tons of drawing time while creating scenes in his comics. Here's where you can contact Oscar:

https://twitter.com/OscarACampos3D


What ever happened to the website: Making comics?

Glad you asked! Makingcomics.com is no longer a site Jason owns and is now run by a friend! You can still check it out here:

http://www.makingcomics.com/

In the meantime, you can enjoy all of our stuff here!


What brushes do you use to ink?

For traditional inks, a Pentel Pocket Brush!

http://amzn.to/2cyt5h

FOR DIGITAL:

Standard brushes from Photoshop


What recording software do you use and how do you stream?

OBS STUDIO! It's free and awesome.

https://obsproject.com/

And YUP, OBS Studio Live-stream DOES work with YouTube!


Do you treat each comic spread as one composition?

YES!

Jason treats each spread as though its a magazine spread and the focus is to convey a single message.


Jason you should do Snapchat!

Thanks . . . 

but no thanks! :)


What dimensions do you use for your digital work?

I print on 8.5 x 11 paper (Hammermill brand) -- end result is about the same size as the published book. With reMIND spent a lot of time shrinking things down in hopes that working larger would provide better quality in the end. It turns out, it doesn’t really hurt to work at actual size rather than working big and shrinking down later.

OVERALL DIMENSIONS USED NOW:

300 DPI 13.773 in 10.5 in height (for printed pieces) 4132px x  3150px. For pages that aren’t double page spread the width would be half of 13.773.  For digital work or working exclusively with the color black the DPI should be 600 because the brush would blur and passing the work onto other publishers makes it easier to make adjustments without hiccups.

Bleed = ¼ inch.


I also have many articles I wrote about making comics on my old blog here:

http://www.remindblog.com/making-graphic-novels/