Here’s some instructions on how things work, they begane with notes based on those ny Doug Savage for the Vancouver Comic Jam, I’ve been adding details and links to resources, and notes on how to join in even if you rather draw on paper [you’ll still need to scan the art though]!

ZOOM

  • Visit https://zoom.us/download in your browser.
  • Under the “Zoom Client for Meetings” section, click Download. This will download the ZoomInstaller.exe file.
  • When the file has finished downloading, run it to install the Zoom client. You’ll be prompted for a user email and password and that sort of thing.
  • When you sign up for the jams, you’ll receive a meeting ID and password before the event to join in!

AGGIE.IO

Visit aggie.io in your browser.

  • You’ll be automatically signed in as Anonymous.
  • Click “Anonymous” in the upper right
  • Choose “Create Account” from the drop-down menu.
  • Provide your information: An email and a password. A display name–choose something your fellow cartoonists will recognize! This will function as a default signature on your layers though you should still sign them with your initials.
  • Pick an avatar, you can use a randomly-selected one or upload one of your own.
  • Click Create.
  • You will now be signed into Aggie.io as yourself.
  • Hotkey shortcuts and features listed here.

START A COMIC:

  1. You can use one of these page templates to get started if you like or create your own page from scratch. In Aggie.io, click “New drawing” or, to choose a custom size of drawing, click the down arrow to the right of “New drawing” and maybe choose the “Vertical drawing” option since that’ll be closest to the shape that we’re used to.
  2. Use Aggie’s drawing tools to draw the first panel of the comic. (Or use the Drawing menu to import one of Salgood Sam’s template files – see the comments here for the link.) A few helpful hints about these drawing tools are listed below.
  3. You can draw in Photoshop or on paper if you prefer, it’s possible to copy and paste between Aggie and Photoshop as well as other art programs.
    – First create a new layer, name it and claim the panel you want to use by writing your name and WIP in it, and ‘save’ [control/command ‘C’] the page.
    – This will download a copy of the page to your device you can use to get the right size for your contribution.
    – Draw your panel and take a very well lit photo or scan the art.
    – Then use a seperate layer in PS to position the panel on the page to get it the right size and trim.
    – Then select your new panel on it’s own, and copy it, then paste it in Aggie on the layer! Done!
  4. When you’re done with your panel, if the page still has more blank spaces left, copy the URL (each Aggie page has a unique URL) from your browser into the ‘Table’ post and Chat area of our Zoom meeting. Good idea to also mention on zoom you’ve done so. If the page is done, POST IT TO THE WALL! In the Chat share the URL and announce it’s DONE so others may go admir our work together!
  5. Then go work on somebody else’s jam page. Just copy somebody else’s link from the Chat, paste it into your browser, and add a panel to their jam page. Easy!
  6. When adding to somebody else’s page, you might be prompted to create your own layer first. Just click the Add Layer button (bottom right, it’s the new page icon just above the garbage can icon). Your layer will be marked with the color you chose for your user profile, and you can give it a text name if you like.

DRAWING TIPS:

  • Aggie’s drawing tools are fairly self-explanatory. The Hotkey list here also serves to let us know all the tricks it can do. The pencil and brush tools are probably the most useful one for our purposes.
  • You can choose any colour you like from the palette tools on the top right. Crazy!
  • To change your pencil/brush size, drag the “Size” slider back and forth to decrease or increase the number of pixels.
  • The magnifying glass is a bit tricky. Click and drag back and forth to zoom in and out.
  • The hand tool is a little easier for navigating: hit spacebar, or click the hand in the tool bar, and then click and hold to move the image around. In this mode you can also use your mouse scroll wheel to zoom in and out.
  • To zoom, hold the ‘Z’ key and move your cursor to the left or right to zoom in or out.
  • Control+R lets you rotate the canvas like a sheet of paper as you draw, handy for offhanded curves and drawing angles.
  • Copy and Paste work much like other drawing programs, but be aware you want to create a new layer if you don’t want to write over something on the one you’re on.
  • There’s no text tool, so text will be a little tricky to draw.
  • Be careful, multiple people can be in a jam page at once, so if it looks like somebody is already drawing on a page, maybe wait until they finish before starting your own panel.

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