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So, I predicted earlier this year that we might be seeing a huge leap in Walfas comic production standards and techniques. Halfway through the year, that prediction is beginning to come true.

We are slowly working our way from "frame-by-frame medium shots of characters on a static background" and are working towards full-page comics with dynamic backgrounds. Although I'm still nowhere near done with Wrath of the Amanojaku, the future of full-page comics is already here, and the results look dang good!

As you saw in my previous status post, I talked about TheCurseWatcher's The Little Devil's Rock. Well, let's go a little more in-depth into its style and editing.

The Little Devil's Rock - 002 by TheCurseWatcher

Right out the gate, we have full-page editing, camera angles, over-the-shoulder shots, lighting, everything! And let's get to the fight scenes:

The Little Devil's Rock - 015 by TheCurseWatcher

What's this? Actual danmaku battles?! In a Touhou fic?! I know this sounds odd, but we seriously need more dynamic fight scenes like these ones! For once, we have someone who's actually making legit Touhou-style combat instead: minimal dialogue, the fights do all the talking themselves, and plenty of sweet, sweet bullet hell. If you haven't read it in full, you should totally check out The Little Devil's Rock: it's raising the bar on how we do Walfas comics.

But Curse isn't the only one taking the leap into full-page comics. Here's a sample from Unknown-Nobody-XD115's The Unknown Saga, edited in ComiPo, the program I'm currently using (and used for the Twilight of the Hakurei Reboot).

The Unknown Saga Page 002 by Unknown-Nobody-XD115

Once again, camera angles, lighting effects, shadows, the whole nine yards!

And there's more: even gervin51 is joining in on the new format:

[Walfas] 4koma ~ Where did you come from?! by gervin51

[Walfas] ~ Am I being underestimated? by gervin51

And not only that, he left a nifty tutorial so even you can join in on this new format: Walfas Tutorial ~ Proper Frame Panel Tutorial.

And let's not forget our favorite French party animal Hat-Warrior-999, memeing it up with this:

Touhou characters by Hat-Warrior-999

And, of course, here's my contribution to the full-page revolution: one of the first Walfas comics uploaded in .pdf format:

Twilight of the Hakurei 2018 Trailer by Spaztique

And although it's still in production, let's not forget: the DitR-killer itself, mother-friggin' Wrath of the Amanojaku... (And to all you Starcraft 2 fans out there, this is for you.)

WotaCh8FireandFireWIP 029 by Spaztique

WotaCh8FireAndFury by Spaztique

Edit: And now that ORT451 mentions it, here's him throwing his hat into the ring!
4koma: The Most Magical of Days by ORT451

But of course, even if your comic isn't in the new format, let's not forget that even the frame-by-frame comics have been evolving as well. Take a look at the complexity of the shots from the following artists:

From the classic TobiObito4ever, just look at the ridiculous level of detail of all of the props she uses:

Vinekoma- The Stuff of Nightmares by TobiObito4ever

Or how about awesomedude2011's 1-to-1 3d scale of Utsuho's Spell Card Attack?

Blazing star ''Fixed Star'' by awesomedude2011

Or heck, look at Hat's other props and the promo alone for 'em!

More cupcakes (props) by Hat-Warrior-999

And let's not forget, essentially one of the greatest custom sprite walfas animators, JaphethStuff.

Walfas - Just Donate by JaphethStuff

And check out Japheth's videos to see just how many customs he's got!

And one more from ORT451 (and check the link in the description to compare it to the 2013 version):

[Redo] Thief: The Touhou Project by ORT451

2018 is turning out to be a good year for Walfas, at least in terms of technological leaps. Walfas is evolving, and if you don't catch up, you might be left in the dust. But no worries: here's a resource kit I posted to help you get started!

If you got any more commendations for folks you think are raising the Walfas community's standards, post 'em below! These folks could use a little more recognition for their efforts in expanding our works.

Despite all the hardships and drama we've faced over the years, I'm still proud of all of you for keeping our community not only together, but growing and thriving. I believe Reimu can sum it up for us:

WotaCh8PreviewBetter by Spaztique
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Valahuir Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, seeing the quality of other walfasers can be kind of disheartening sometimes.
Don't get me wrong, seeing such quality is a good thing, and I enjoy reading their works. I've been following 'the little devil's rock' for example.
It's just always a boot in the kidneys when I see newer people with such good stuff while my stuff remains mediocre, average at best. ^_^;

One day I'll join their ranks. One day.
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gervin51 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Just go with the tutorial I made and you'll me as good as us. :D
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Valahuir Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, that sounds prideful. ;) (Wink)
I'll give it a check later, thanks for the pointers in advance.
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Spaztique Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll also double-vouch for gervin's tutorial. Everything we do, anyone can do. We all may be leading the way to better content, but anyone's allowed to join us: all they have to do is walk that same path.
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Valahuir Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Seems the tutorial is a two for one for me, I wanted to learn t ouse that program for my photography. Even better.
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gervin51 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
The tutorial and all the works I've been making with the new comic layout was really enjoyable to work with.
I really enjoy making more of them using the proper comic layout, but I have to finish with my Seija-doll and Life in Gensokyo collabs.
Still, those won't stop me from using the proper comic layout at some point. :D

Cheers to all walfassers. :D
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ORT451 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Would any of my recent stuff qualify?
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Spaztique Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep! Added!
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MarcytheYokaiVampire Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018  Student Filmographer
If it wasnt for tutorial comics and videos, I'd still be posting frames instead of comics; I'm not exactly up there with you and C.Watcher, but I've definetley improved significantly, all that's left is the rest!
To a year of Walfasing :iconspaztique:Wine (3) Icon 
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Hat-Warrior-999 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018
I've been doing Walfas for about 3 years, I used to do bad stuff at first, I didn't speak english very well, but with time, doing it was more fun, I had my own Walfas identity, I even met a friend who changed my life ever since and who's been translating all my stuff and even this message! [Translation Note: AWWWWW LOVE YA BUD no homo] Then I was on a 2-year hiatus, I am flattered and happy to see that though I was not here people didn't forget about me and that my new submissions are appreciated. I will try everything to further evolve in my technique [Translation Note: It's a French word so I'm unsure if you guys still use it with the same meaning], and I just can't wait to publish new images and check other walfasers' ones
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awesomedude2011 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2018  Student
Thanks for the plug/compliments/idk lol. It means a lot to me.

i mean, i probably could do that kind of comic stuff but i don't got that kinda times...
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UniWaifu Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Walfas honestly has evolved since the last time I've used it.
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KawaiiWolfOphi Featured By Owner Edited Jun 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm often worried about being too detailed with my Walfas comics and edits but it's honestly relieving to see people be more detailed. I need to try it more.
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gervin51 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Just do little things at first and set everything small.
Then after all the scenes are done, just do all the editing and just push from there. That's what I do.
Still, your way is different from mine, so feel free to test out different methods. :D
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KawaiiWolfOphi Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll try what you suggest to, since I'm always open to suggestion, so thanks! ^^
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