Virtual Wombat

A Webcomic by Aaron Samphire


Latest Comic: The 12 Puns of Christmas

Welcome to Virtual Wombat

Virtual Wombat is a comedy comic that follows a variety of animals in weird and very human situations. The main recurring character is the Virtual Wombat, an often grumpy marsupial whose adventures don't extend far beyond the mundanity of getting on with his life.


Incoming Updates

December 17th, 2017, 4:27 am

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Morning all, it's a rainy Sunday morning here and we're just about to visit Santa (Or a fat man with a fake beard) with my small one.

Anyway, before I set off for that pointless experience I just wanted to give a heads up about content for the next few weeks including over Christmas.

So, there'll be no new comic tomorrow, because I'm in far flung lands doing some training with work. Wednesday and Friday will be as normal and then I'll be taking a Christmas break with the next webcomic appearing on the 27th of December. Same goes for New year...

So I guess the easiest thing to say is, updates will be Wednesday and Friday until the end of the first week of 2018. There, that might have been the best way from the Start...

Oh well. Thanks!

What Art Program do I use for Webcomics?

December 12th, 2017, 10:18 am

What Art Program do I use for Webcomics?

I've been asked a few times over on my Twitter recently what art or drawing program I use for my comics. I've tried loads of options in the past, GIMP, Paintshop, Photoshop and even experimented with Vector art using Inkscape.

In the end I settled on Clip Studio Paint Pro, here's why!

Clip Studio Paint Pro

Clip Studio Pro is my tool of choice for digital painting in general and especially for webcomic creation. Formerly known as Manga Studio, the program was designed with comic artists in mind and has a feature set to match, which we'll get to below.

It's incredibly good value for money, with no expensive subscriptions like Photoshop. I got my copy digitally for £35 from Amazon. If you shop around you can find really good prices.

Features of Clip Studio Paint Pro for Webcomics

I'm not going to go into loads of depth, you'll find videos and reviews on the software all over. The main reason to use Clip Studio in my mind, is that as an application designed for the comic creative process Clip Studio features built in tools to format your strip, make speech bubbles and create and re-size panels. You can use premade templates or start completely from scratch.

The program supports vector and raster artwork too, so you can draw and paint naturally but keep your panels, text and speech bubbles in vector for easy scalability when you need it. You'll also find a wide array of brushes from oil to watercolour as well as a selection of inking pens, pencil presets and tonnes more.

All of these items are configurable too, so if you don't like a particular tool style you can change it or even create your own. The program is fast, significantly faster than GIMP for example on my Mac when copying and pasting or moving around large images with millions of pixels.

Give it a go!

So that's what I use, I know if you pop to the website you can get a free trial and see if it's for you.

If you're looking for something for free to get started though, you really can't go wrong with GIMP. At the end of the day, if your ideas are good then your comics will shine anyway!

Webcomic Up and Running

December 8th, 2017, 11:19 am

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I'm pleased to say that I've finished transferring content here, hooray! What an undertaking that was...

Anyhoo, there's now 17 comics to view at your leisure all available from the archive in the menu bar. The next update is due Monday, so make sure you check back then.

In the mean time, have an awesome weekend!

Welcome to Virtual Wombat!

December 6th, 2017, 1:29 pm

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Well isn't this snazzy?

Welcome to the new home of the Virtual Wombat webcomic.

I'll be moving content over as it's ready, so expect updates to come pretty swiftly over the next few days. Oh and if you spot anything odd looking or something that's not working properly, please do let me know so I can fix it.


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