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Making Doujinshi: A Masterpost


I decided to put together a masterpost of resources I know and have (mostly) used when making doujinshi, comics, etc. I hope this helps someone!


blambot - their free fonts are great for comics, and their license allows you to use them for self published works even if you’re making a profit

fontsquirrel - all fonts are advertised as being free for commercial use, but I’ve found quite a few that actually are not. has a lot of fonts, but please read the license first. if no license is included or if it’s not explicitly free for commercial use, don’t use it in printed works

digital tone studio [JPN] - tons and tons and tons of tones, for photoshop, clip studio, etc. free tones are for web use. if you use their tones on the web, a link is appreciated. accepts paypal.

eikou’s templates [JPN] - templates for comics are here if you don’t want to set up the guides yourself. however, if you’re printing, it’s probably best to use the templates/bleed specifications your printer provides

Supplies (online)

jetpens - they actually carry a lot of useful traditional manga drawing materials, like dip pens, manuscript paper, etc. also free US shipping over 25 dollars! the doujinshi size manuscript paper is A4 size (it trims down to B5)

deleter mangashop - sells manuscript paper, pens, screentone, etc. shipping is pretty expensive, however.

Supplies (offline)

DaVinci Artist Supply - this particular davinci tends to carry screentones and doujinshi size manuscript paper, probably because they are so close to SVA
137 East 23rd Street New York NY 10010 Ph: 212 982-8607


clip studio paint - sai and mangastudio in one package. relatively cheap, also. carries a lot of screentones within the program and allows you to put down trim lines, text, etc. the cheaper version doesn’t allow you to organize your pages together in one big story, but shouldn’t really matter unless you want to mass export your files. UI is very similar to SAI when in illustration mode. I noticed that there was little to no learning curve when I first picked it up from using photoshop, SAI, and manga studio. overall a great drawing program and is great for drawing comics as well!

manga studio - a little hard to use but very versatile for comic drawing. I personally like drawing in clip studio more, but manga studio is still very good at what it does. it’s pretty hard to create illustrations with this software, but it’s more dedicated to comics (personally I use it to draw comics even though I have clip studio)

photoshop - if you really want to torture yourself. Not originally a drawing program, but has so so so many features. you can create your own guides which is a plus if you don’t want to use templates (clip studio doesn’t really allow for this, manga studio does but it’s a little confusing)


how to make doujinshi [JPN] - very useful site! google translate is ok here… mostly. even if you don’t speak japanese, you should be able to grasp the basic idea.

Understanding Comics by Scott Mccloud - this book was given to me as basically the bible of comics. you can judge it for yourself, but I think it was a very good read, even if you don’t plan on drawing comics. It’s less about the technicalities of drawing comics and more about understanding comic based storytelling. It is also a comic book itself, interestingly.

wally wood’s 22 panels that always work - I’m always looking at this when I draw comics!!!! it’s great when I wrote a long bit of dialogue and realized I don’t know where to put anyone because I’m a dang idiot!!!!!!!

hajimete no doujinshi [JPN] - google translate sort of fails here, so this is better if you have at least a little knowledge of japanese/japanese doujin terms (for example the japanese term for trim lines translates to “dragonfly”)


doujinpress - print quality was not great a year ago, but they are currently in the process of increasing their print quality. Staff are very helpful and kind. long loooong turnaround (6 weeks). they offer perfect bound. reasonably priced. not a lot of cover stock options, but I hear that will possibly change soon… also prints R18 material (!!)

smartpress - lots of cover options, paper options, etc! billies printed with them and quality looked good (I haven’t printed with them personally). reasonably priced and offers custom sizing. default turnaround time is 3 days (!!)

this is an incomplete list. Please add more if you think it belongs on here. Thanks!


Cleaning out my filing cabinet, I found this handout that I made for my mini-comics class. Hope it’s helpful! Remember, it ain’t only for comics. Self-publish short stories, collections of drawings or sketches, or blank for journals/sketchbooks, etc.


Fuck yeah Oglaf!


guardians of the galaxy 11.NOW

don’t even look at me I’m so embarrassed for this nerd

MS. MARVEL (February 5th 2014)
The legend has returned! Marvel Comics presents the all-new MS. MARVEL, the ground breaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Kamala Khan is just an ordinary girl from Jersey City—until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm, and prepare for an epic tale that will be remembered by generations to come. History in the making is NOW!




Avenging Spider-Man Annual #1 

Spiderman and the Thing fucking made out in Avenging Spider-Man Annual #1 this shit is gold. Thank you Rob Williams

Why the fuck doesn’t anyone ever talk about this shit?

oh my god this is fucking cute I am upset

Wedge look



As promised! This is how I letter my work. Hope this is helpful to someone!

Here’s some more useful links:

Best lettering tutorial in a while!


A study in panel borders:
Inspired by this awesome post about making comics quickly, I took a look at some comics I own to get some sense of different kinds of panel design choices.

I came away feeling like I’d learned a little less than I’d hoped, but here are some takeaways:

* You can get away with smaller panels than you think
* Extremely weird comic panels CAN work, but when it fails it looks painful and forced.
* Simple is not bad.
* There are actually a LOT of possible combinations.

Specific notes:

Scott McCloud uses a 4x3 sliceup of the page, and it’s four VERTICAL slices and three HORIZONTAL ones, which is weird because it makes the panels, on average, LESS square. This works with the particular comic really WELL though, because he draws himself in closeup, talking, a LOT.

DAR and Narbonic both are webcomics mashed into book format, but both worked surprisingly well as page layout in the end.

Blacksad is REALLY variable and the page layouts are hand-crafted on a per-page basis. No speed gains here, but perhaps a message that full custom has its place.

The Resonator is fairly formal but never *too* rigid with panel choices. Lots of narrow or tall panels, which works as a way to alternate between big establishing shots and dense dialog. Very tall panels for single speaker, long ones for two-person dialog or to combine a lot of text and visuals. In general, Resonator is print-native and has TINY text…

Ultimate X-Men is a fun read but the panel design is a disaster. Almost none of the choices of graphic design work at all. Occasionally an establishing shot hits home, but in general the layout is trying WAY too hard.

Watchmen. Formalism raised to the ultimate. It’s precise, it’s a 3x3 grid, it’s piss-on-a-plate-with-no-spills precise and that’s fine, for two reasons: one, everything is about time, and two, it gets the panels the hell out of the way of the story.

Augustus is an example of what Ultimate X-Men was trying to do, except it succeeds. Lots of variation, but on average very orderly. Kind of strikes me as the sort of thing you “have to be GOOD” to pull off well.



My newest story This Was Our Pact is FINISHED! You can download a high resolution DRM free PDF of the whole thing (80 pages) right here:

This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews

Just name your price, download, and start reading it on your reading device of choice.

Thank you so much to everyone who has been sharing this along the way.

edit: Paypal is not available at this time, and I’m not sure yet if I’m going to be using it at all. Gumroad makes it a lot easier for everyone :)

you guys should check this out it’s A REALLY GOOD AND CUTE COMIC!!!  I got it along w/ another one by Ryan Andrews from a kickstarter and dang




This comic has made me legitimately happy, just saying. 


Something a bit different. I had so much fun drawing this comic.


Something a bit different. I had so much fun drawing this comic.


He was sentenced to life e-prisonment.


He was sentenced to life e-prisonment.