A few questions of the frequently-asked variety…
When do new comics post?
Every Sunday morning, 0001 Zulu time (just after midnight GMT)
Does Mandy take commissions or requests?
No. I appreciate the interest, though!
Do you attend any conventions?
We’re going to be guests at Katsucon in 2016!
Do you sell comic originals?
No, but I’m working on getting prints set up, and hopefully one day a book collection!
Can I use your comics as/post your comics on/etc?
Crop and use my comics as profile pictures, avatars, etc.
Repost individual comics on personal social media accounts, most preferably with a link back to curtailedcomic.com (please do not remove my name or the comic url from the image!)
You MAY NOT:
Use any part of the comics or this site in any way that is for profit.
Use any part of the comics or this site in advertising.
Remove my name or the comic url from comics when sharing them.
Repost or print the comics in bulk to another archive or collection.
When in doubt, please ask me – thank you!
Do you have a Facebook page?
You can also follow us on Twitter (Mandy and Fox) and Mandy’s also on Tumblr
If all you want is comic updates, you can also use our RSS feed to get notifications to whatever reader/app/etc you use for such things.
Have you considered joining Comic Directory Site / Comic Ranking Site / Patreon / etc?
I am always open to suggestions for free, no-strings-attached comic directories online, and I’m happy to add mine (or if it allows other people to suggest links, feel free to submit mine and thank you)!
I am hesitant to start a Patreon, or to sign up for comic collectives where providing “incentives” is a standard practice. I don’t like signing up for additional commitments I’m not positive I can handle, and 1 comic a week is often all I can manage in addition to my day job and other projects.
I want to make a webcomic, too! What advice do you have?
Draw a lot of comics, and read a lot of comics!
For advice on the technical side of things, I do recommend the book How to Make Webcomics (which I picked up on a whim and found has a lot of great advice).
How can I learn to draw?
I’m just going to link to Kelly Turnbull’s post: More Drawing Advice than Anyone Wanted. She covers everything I’d say, and more, and says it better than I could. 🙂
How did you set up your website?
This site is run on a VPS plan from Arvixe, with a combination of WordPress/Comicpress 4.1.
If you’re just starting out, do a Google search for “free webcomic host” – there are a lot of sites that will handle the technical bits for you and are specifically geared towards webcomics.
What markers/materials do you use for the comics?
A little of everything! Lines are usually a mix of Prismacolor and Micron pens, sometimes a Kuretake brush pen. My go-to workhorse markers are Copics, I also like Prismacolors and Blick brand. Everything’s drawn on smooth Bristol board.
Who does what for the making of Curtailed?
Coming up with ideas and story-boarding the comics is typically a joint effort.
Mandy does the actual drawing, scanning, and posting of the comics, as well as building and maintaining the website.
Fox is the second set of eyes at the pencil stage, and usually finalizes the dialog and wording. He also takes care of most of the comment moderation.
How do you pronounce Seley?
Is Seley a snow leopard?
No, I just like to draw fluffy tails.
Is your name Mandy or Seley?
Both. My name is Mandy Seley, and if it’s ever necessary to distinguish myself from my character, I think of her “full name” as Seley Hall.
Honestly, you can refer to both me and my character as either Mandy or Seley, it doesn’t matter. In real life I’ll respond to both.
What’s Fox’s real name?
Fox. Yes, legally.
Is Fox really such an asshole?
No, Fox is not actually cruel to me in real life.
The concern over this surprised me a bit, and while I appreciate the sentiment, there’s nothing to worry about. Of course there’s plenty of love and support in our relationship – but that isn’t funny, so it doesn’t make it into the comic.
I’m the straight man to his shenanigans, not the victim. 🙂