“For thousands of years, mankind has gazed up into the heavens and observed the beauty and mysteries of space, planets, and the constellations.
What mankind has been unaware of is that creatures live among the very constellations that they are named after (no, really, it’s true!) For example, in the constellation Ursa Major live the bears, in Leo live the lions, and in Draco, of course, live the dragons.
Galactic Dragons follows the adventures of Captain Thew and his crew of misfits, doing their best to serve the Mighty Dragon Fleet, stay alive, and have some fun while doing it.”
You can check out Galactic Dragons which updates every Wednesday here: http://galacticdragons.com/about/ Where you can say hi to Captain Thew, Aurora, Bruno, T-Bone Azimuth, Ion, Sputnik and Copernicus. We here at the Root Beer Party are committed to bringing you all the best that the world has to offer in comics and Root Beer and Dana brings you one of the best comics on the web, so I won’t torture you anymore, let’s meet Dana:
I started drawing comic strips when I was about 10 (recreating Garfield and Peanuts). I started creating my own comics when I was a teenager.
The greats: Watterson, Breathed, Schultz, Davis, Larson, and my hero Carl Barks.
I don’t drink a lot of pop but I like Zevia’s ginger root beer.
I just want to make people laugh and to entertain. If I can do that then I feel I accomplished something. I would however like to expand my audience; I plan to post on other websites soon.
I also do illustrations; cute fuzzy animals are my specialty! I also belong to the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators). I hope to be able to become a published author/illustrator. Also greeting cards. You can see my non-comic work at http://www.DanaAtnip.com
I see myself as a professional. I’ve had single-panel cartoons published in magazines and I’ve been paid to design logos. And I take my comic updates very seriously; I will work all night to not miss an update.
Ha! I thought I no longer had to censor myself when I stopped submitting to syndicates, but I find that when I push the envelope my strips seem to get less circulation. So I’m keeping it PG-13. But when I make my Patreon page I will offer my more-adult strips as a reward. And you will never see me do a fart joke, I have never found them funny.
Rough sketches are drawn with pencil and paper, then scanned into my computer. I use a Wacom Intuos drawing tablet, and Photoshop and Illustrator for inks and color.
I’m mostly self-taught, but I also have two Associates degrees, one in Fine Arts and one in Graphic and Commercial Art from Macomb Community College. For a community college they have an amazing art program!
Having people comment to me that they enjoy my work makes my day. And when I have other creators and professionals tell me they enjoy my work it’s a thrill! When I was actively submitting to syndicates I would get personal responses from editors and that was always uplifting. I was being considered for a contract from one of the bigger syndicates once but obviously in the end they didn’t, but it was still exciting at the time.
Ugh, I still struggle with that. Sometimes I get into funks where I get depressed and think my work isn’t good enough. But I won’t ever stop drawing cartoons.
Right now my strips are found at http://www.galacticdragons.com and my illustrator work can be found at http://www.DanaAtnip.com
TOO MANY to post them all! My first webcomic friend on Twitter was
Cartooning is my lifeblood. I will stop when I’m dead (but if I’m a zombie then I’ll continue to draw).
No. Trolls are trolls, they’re like parasites and they feel no pain, so there’s no point in ever engaging with one.
I’m OCD about being prompt and on time, so that keeps me from missing updates. However I’m working on the procrastination issues with other projects.
I like cider, all kinds: apple cider from the cider mill, apple juice, and hard cider.
I probably don’t qualify, but I support you all in your root beer adventures! (Dana has been inducted into the ranks of the Root Beer Party – Editor)
Getting the pencil to paper; once I finally begin, the wheels start rolling and it’s easy to keep going.
I plan on getting my Galactic Dragon strips out to more websites like Tapastic and maybe applying to GoComics. I also have another webcomic in mind (if I could just find the time). I also would like to start doing cons, once I have a book in print and other things to sell.