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I draw pictures and occasionally write words.

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This is the thing, John Romita Jr could be perfect even under the crunch, sometimes for several years straight. Not a bump on the road to be seen. Here’s a fraction. 

Stories by Anne Nocenti & Chris Claremont. Various inks by Dan Green and Al Williamson.


80s John Romita Jr.

This was one special run… JRJR’s work on DD could be so delicate, his line weight so precise. Really majestic, inspiring stuff - and to do it all on the monthly grind. Incredible. He was also working from great material. AN’s scripts managed to credibly combine street level drama with powerful, apocalyptic themes. That book, that era… It was just so good.

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Manga Studio 5 or 5 EX?

Every now and then I get asked whether or not a person should get Manga Studio 5, or if they should shell out the extra money for Manga Studio 5 EX.

I talk about the exclusive functions of 5EX here and here. That said, here’s the short short version of what 5EX provides.

First things first, it should be noted that 5 and 5EX are practically the same. Brushes, 3D objects, Materials, Rulers, Filters…they are identical in both versions of the program. What 5EX gives you is a couple of desktop publishing features that help streamline work on a multi-page story.

  • Story Files: These are files that used to organize and contain pages for a multi-page comic book or manga. With story files, you can create, add, remove, and rearrange pages as much as you want within your story. You can also include (and change) author, story, and page information (which will be reflected on each page simultaneously).
  • Story File Backwards Compatibility: Both 5 and 5EX are now able to open Manga Studio 4 & Manga Studio 4 EX page files. If you were using story files in Manga Studio 4, only 5EX will be able to open them.
  • Batch Processing: This lets you apply a menu function across all of the pages in your story at once. So, if you wanted to change the canvas size, or apply a filter across all of the pages in your story, you would probably find this function helpful (especially if you are working on a large story).
  • Batch Exporting: This lets you export all of the pages in your story in one fell swoop (versus going through the export process for each page individually). Additionally, you can select the page range, file format, and how much of the page you want to export (full page, up to the page’s bleed line, or up to the trim line).
  • Continuous Scan: This option lets you scan in multiple pages into your story. Each scan would be imported onto its own page.

Now, do you need these functions? That’s going to depend on your workflow. They certainly can help keep your story organized, as well as cut down the amount of time needed to make story-wide image changes.

If you don’t feel that the EX-exclusive functions are worth the extra money, then you can purchase Manga Studio 5 knowing that you will have all of the same functions, tools, and other means of drawing your comic book page as its bigger brother.

Hope this helps any of you out there who have been on the fence about which to purchase!