Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Free Punksters.net Comic Strip Character Guide E-book Has Just Been Released- Blog Entry # 46

The Punksters.net Comic Strip Character Guide e-book has just been released. I figured that since the comic strip currently has over thirty characters, it might be easier for people to follow the strip if they were more familiar with the characters.

The character guide is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD, in PDF file format, directly from the Punksters.net website. As an additional feature, I have decided to include twenty sample comic strips, randomly chosen from the comic strip series.

Each character introduced in the character guide has a brief description about it. Some of them have some extra information as to where I got the ideas to create them. The comic strips included in this e-book include as many of the characters mentioned in the guide as possible, so that you may see them in action, as they normally appear in the strips.

So get your free copy today and see how you like the included sample comic strips. If you like what you see, you can purchase the e-books that contain a collection of fifty strips each. So far, there are four volumes of those.

Anyway, here is the link to the free download and here is the link that will take you to the page that has more information on the other e-books I have just mentioned. So, since it's free, CLICK HERE!
Bob Craypoe, also known as R.L. Crepeau

Friday, April 22, 2016

Just Your Average Guy on the Street - Blog Entry # 45

When I go to create a character, a lot of times I just tinker around until I come up with a look for the character that I like. Often, I will have something in mind. Then, when I think I have tinkered enough or have something that I am really satisfied with, I call it finished.

The funny thing is, though, that there have been a number of times where I would just think that I am creating something off of the top of my head and have later come to discover that it was really the result of something I may have been influenced by in my everyday life.

One example is this morning while driving down the road. There is this one guy that I have seen a number of times. He has a Mohawk. His appearance is almost cartoon like and it just occurred to me that he was an influence on one of the characters that I created. I mean, he looks exactly like him.

So here I was thinking that I was being totally original when I created the character in question. But instead I was subconsciously imitating something I had seen in real life. Maybe just your average guy on the street.

The character he resembled was the one displayed here in this blog post. That is Gerald “Bang” Bangston, the first character I created that is used in the Punksters.net Comic Strip. This character was the beginning of the whole thing. It was after I had created him that I had gone on to add the other main characters of the strip.

So now this guy will forever be immortalized in a comic strip without even knowing it and all he did was walk down the street minding his own business. Just your average guy on the street.  

Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. crepeau

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Punksters.net Comic Strip Collection Volume 4 Has Been Released - Blog Entry # 44

The Punksters.net Comic Strip Collection Volume 4 E-book has just been released. it is available as a download in PDF file format.

Each volume that is released contains a collection of fifty comic strips from the series. This collection features comic strips 151-200.

There has always been new characters introduced in each volume and this one carries on that tradition.

Each volume, at the time of their release, also contain strips that have not yet officially been released on the website or on the Internet.

You can see what other e-books are available on the Merchandise Page on the Punksters.net website. The download for the new e-book is available on LuLu.com and if you are interested in finding out more, just CLICK HERE. 

Oh, and if you're interested, CLICK HERE to find out about getting volumes 3 & 4 in one e-book ata special price!

Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Challenges of Doing the Punksters.net Comic strip - Blog Entry # 43

Although I really enjoy doing the Punksters.net comic strip, there are a few challenges involved in the process.  The biggest challenge is trying to do continuing or developing stories over the long term while doing a four frame strip with a punchline delivered in the fourth frame.

Another thing is trying to make it so that if someone sees the comic strip for the first time, they would get the punchline. I sometimes worry that maybe they don't know the characters very well and so they might not get some of the jokes that others who follow the strip regularly would.

The comic strip also features a good number of characters as well. Over thirty, to date, as of the time of me writing this blog entry. I try to alternate things so that I don't go too long without having each character make an appearance. i also have to come up with a scenario that fits the characters that appear in a given strip.

Lately, I have been concentrating on trying to have as many characters appear in a strip as possible so that you don't have to wait too long to see each character appear in a strip.

Originally, I was not sure if I would be able to come up with enough ideas or scenarios to do a continuing strip for an extended period of time. Fortunately, I have been able to do nearly 200 at this pint. over 150 have officially been released.

Other than the creative aspect of it, marketing it is a time-consuming daily ritual. Then I have the website to maintain and update as well as this blog. But I do get a lot of satisfaction as I continue to create more and more. It's fun to see how much can accumulate over time. things really add up after a while. So in spite of the challenges, the rewards are worth it in the end.

Bob Craypoe, also known as R.L. Crepeau