Lights — A Winter Suns tale cover of the comic.
Lights — A Winter Suns tale cover of the comic.
Cover page for Lights — features Yeag with his modified helmet.

If you’ve been keeping up with my previous posts regarding Winter Suns, you know that the man behind the comic is my good friend Rick K. Hughes. I first met Rick in a community college art class in Arizona. He was the “older man” amongst all the 20-somethings in our drawing class. I mostly kept to myself and only talked to my desk partner (and crush), Tessa. Tessa was a social butterfly and made friends with everyone in our class. She struck up a conversation with Rick and learned all about his web comic Winter Suns. She read it and…

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So you want something printed, well, that’s great! You’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re having a designer edit your work, or you fancy yourself a designer and plan to hand over your files, there are just a few you need to do to make it an easy process.

Building Your File Step 1: Choose your Design/Layout program(s) Choosing the right program for designing your project is critical. Follow these guidelines when choosing the programs you will use.

Adobe Photoshop

• For photographs and rasterized images only.

• Text is printed best in other applications like Illustrator or InDesign.

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As a designer, I can wade into the chaos.

There is no order when the process beings. At first, it is all ideas, beliefs, practices, and speculation. Become comfortable with that. There are a lot of things to balance when doing this work. There will be deadlines, competing goals, budget constraints, scope creep, changing requirements, and other unforeseen obstacles on every project. My job as a designer is to put these things into balance, and this is where my creativity can shine and where my true power is. If I work hard, it will all fall into place.

As a designer, I believe in a technically feasible solution.

Sometimes as designers, we can come up with fantastic solutions, but…

The creature Korbin hunched over in pain and his loyal sentinel behind him. #wintersuns
The creature Korbin hunched over in pain and his loyal sentinel behind him. #wintersuns

Creating a webcomic can be a significant endeavor. The late nights spent creating storyboards, writing compelling narratives, building unforgettable characters. What’s the point if no one is going to read it, interact with it, and, better yet, talk about it? That takes additional time, money, and know-how. Weekly updates? Social Media? Digital Printing? Merch? Oh boy, just quit now. It’s a tough game, and why even start?

If you are like me, it’s an itch you have to scratch. Promoting a project, you are passionate about can be an excellent way to network, build your follower base, and sharpen those…

Zebadiah Nava

UI/UX Designer, Pug Dad, Art Enthusiast, Production Printer Operator, and Winter Suns Hype Man.

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