Creating a Webcomic With Jeremy Chinshue

creating a webcomic

By Jeremey Chinshue

Comic Artist

Creating a Webcomic

Hey, who are you?

Hi! I’m Jeremey Chinshue, or “TerminalMontage” on the internets. I’m a 2D-Animator, Comic Artist and Storyboard Artist.

How did you get into the creative industry and comics?

I’ve always been drawing, but I started making comics in middle school, circa 2001. In highschool, instead of doing my work in computer class I messed around in Macromedia Flash, it became the art program I am most comfortable with so I used it to draw more comics.

I always wanted to make cartoons but I was too impatient to do frame by frame animation. I think I eventually gained the patience after playing an awful MMORPG for 6 months nonstop. Eventually, I started animating seriously in 2012. I’m a perfectionist and didn’t feel confident enough to animate my original ideas, but I figured if I made mediocre fan cartoons and video game parodies I’d slowly learn and gain a following. My plan worked, because my first parody made it to the front page of Reddit, after a few more cartoons Machinima and Maker reached out to me.

Then one day, at a BBQ in Colorado I bumped into Butch Hartman (of Fairly Oddparents game) we became friends, and a few months later I started working for him!

What are your current projects?

Right now I mainly work for Butch Hartman (of Fairly Oddparents fame), but I also do some freelance work and lately I’ve been trying to get out more parody cartoons on my Youtube channel!

On the side I’ve also been working on a show bible and pilot for my original series Side Quests.

Which artists have you gotten inspired by?

Egoraptor, Lysol-Jones and Butch Hartman were 2 very inspirational artists. I learned a lot from Ego and other online animators by watching their work and television cartoons in slow motion.

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Walk us through the process of creating a webcomic

I think of the Side Quests webcomic as a prototype to the animated series. The first 4 or so episodes we were “finding ourselves,” and after establishing characters, learning more about them and realizing what we want to do with the series our process improved.

Establishing characters is super important and makes the writing process easier. We start an episode by brainstorming weird problems to throw the characters into, then we just think “how would the characters react?” and it almost writes itself.

My buddy Jeff handles the dialogue and cleans up the script and I handle the visuals. We also like putting a “song” in each episode, like good ole’ Disney cartoons! Jeff is a musician and songwriter and he handles that too. I don’t fully understand how he comes up with such good rhymes but the formats of our “songs” are different, since they are being read in a comic, not listened to.

Creating a Webcomic

How does your work style differ between your projects?

Maybe it’s because I’m a bad worker, but I do other peoples work faster. A page of Side Quests can take me a while. Because it’s my own creation and I want it to be as close to what I am imagine as possible, whereas a parody or work for someone else isn’t “mine,” so I’m less of a perfectionist.

That doesn’t mean I don’t put as much effort in, I think I’m just more confident drawing more established IPs, and with that confidence I draw faster.

What challenges have you run into?

There are a few hurdles. I wanted to animate for a long time, I tried it once when I was young, and what I made was just awful. So I gave up. I didn’t realize that EVERYONE was awful when they first started until much later (Even Egoraptor’s earliest Flash animations look bad).

Comparing yourself to artists in their early days might help you get over being bad yourself, but I did tend to compare myself to other artists that I felt were much better and that got me down sometimes.

But there will always be someone better, and you can’t keep comparing yourself to others, everyone is unique and we all can offer something different.

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Do you have any tips for people who want to start doing webcomics?

You can Google a lot of webcomic hosting sites (I used Smackjeeves!) and their sites are pretty straight forward. You can make comics in MSPaint or GIMP (a freeware program kinda like Photoshop). A Bamboo tablet or something like it is good to start off with before buying an expensive Cintiq, but for my earliest Flash comics, I drew them with a mouse! And no matter how awful you may be at the start, if you keep at it, you WILL slowly improve.

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Where can we see more of your work?

You can find me on Twitter and YouTube