No Toys :-(

After working with GANN Memorial for months to bring our toys to life we decided to move on because unfortunately they couldn’t get the initial prototype correct. On the first prototype the eyes did not match for example the left eye had a black pupil and the right eye had a one pupil. On the second prototype the eyes matched but the eyes were lopsided so we requested a third prototype. On the third prototype the eyes were aligned but too high towards the forehead and with only 48 days to the Tucson Comic Con we decided to cancel the toys because there was not possibility they would be completed before our show. We were very sad that the toys did not work out with GANN Memorials but the good news is we’ll be partnering with a new toy company to give our plush toys life! So stay tuned!

Developing the first App for Cretaceous Designs

By David Morrison II

Before you start coding your first android app the best practice states that you should first plan out your app in writing then sketch and lastly storyboard/wireframe so you’ll know what you need to do visually also to help understand the complexity of the program. In my example above I created the storyboard in Adobe Illustrator, why? Since illustrator is a vector based graphic design program I can take elements that I created here and import it into the app plus it’s much easier to build your app by creating what it would actually look like as it appears on the screen. Next, you’ll need to download JDK (Java Development Kit) along with Android Studio and SDK tools which are both free online then select the android release you’ll be programing for, what google suggests Android 8.0 (API level 26) from August 1, 2018.  As far as the coding aspect goes I only know the basics but I found a  youtube series by thenewboston to be extremely helpful with learning the Android Studio Interface and Codeacademy to understand the logic of Java. Once you finish your first app you want to test it using Android Studio’s AVD (Android Virtual Devices) then save as a APK plus sign so you can upload the app onto Google Play. Google also requires you to pay a lifetime fee of $25 to create a google play merchant account to add the app to play store. Located below is a Java cheatsheet, please feel free to comment, like and share this article. Located below are some java basics:

  • Data Types are intboolean, and char.
  • Variables are used to store values.
  • Whitespace helps make code easy to read for you and others.
  • Comments describe code and its purpose.
  • Arithmetic Operators include +-*/, and %.
  • Relational Operators include <<=>, and >=.
  • Equality Operators include == and !=.

A boolean is a value with two choices either true or false, yes or no, 1 or 0 for example:

boolean user = true

Operator Description
== Returns true if the expression on the
left evaluates to the same value as the expression on the
right.
!= Returns true if the expression on the
left does not evaluate to the same value as the expression on the
right.
< Returns true if the expression on the
left evaluates to a value that is less than the value of the
expression on the right.
<= Returns true if the expression on the
left evaluates to a value that is less than or equal to the
expression on the right.
> Returns true if the expression on the
left evaluates to a value that is greater than the value of the
expression on the right.
>= Returns true if the expression on the
left evaluates to a value that is greater than or equal to the
expression on the right.

Android Studio Shortcuts 

List by Codeacademy 

Chart by Doug Lowe

 

 

Our First Plush Toy of Rheno!!

Hello everyone this is first prototype of our plush toy by GANN Memorials, it needs further adjustments but overall we are very happy with the progress so. We hope to have the final prototype soon so that we can share it with you all then towards October and November make it available for purchase online.

Comicbook Release Next Week!!

After the long wait we are proud to announce that during the week of Aug 20th we will be releasing the first pages of our manga styled comicbook to be viewed online for free!  These pages are not the final result, we still need dialogue and more cool shading effects but this is a sneak preview of the pages of the comicbook.

Thumbnails/Storyboards

We are happy to announce that storyboard/thumbnails for script one and two have been completed meaning only one left. Our goal is to use theses as blueprints for our comicbook/manga for penciling, inking and coloring to make this the best quality graphic novel possible. With the third script thumbnail set for completion in August of this year it puts us on schedule for a August web comic release but the ultimate goal is a fully colored and printed version by late April to early May just in time for Phoenix Comic Con!

Comic Con Announcement!

We are happy to announce that we will be collaborating with United Nerd Alliance to exhibit our comic The Epic of Rheno and our display is proudly sponsored by Problend Nutrition this Fall. Not only will this be our first Comic Con but our first partnership for a public event and first sponsorship so we are both humbled along with excited for this upcoming event. We to see you at  Tucson Comic Con, this will be the beginning of many more Comic Cons in Tucson and across the US.

November 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 20018, Tucson Convention Center, 260 North Church Avenue, Tucson, AZ

Epic of Rheno Progress #2

We’re happy to announce we’ve made even more progress on our American Manga The Epic of Rheno and we are on schedule for our online web comic release on August 20th. Even though we could easily draw each page on the computer we decided to draw along with ink each page by hand for quality control and give it an athletic feel. Always feel free to like, comment, critique and share!

Penciler/Story: David H. Morrison II

Inker: Destinie Coleman


Epic of Rheno Progress

The Epic of Rheno has been the hardest project we’ve worked on from funding, to procrastination, artwork and constantly revising the story; however, I am happy to announce that all of the scripts for the first comic have been completed and we have our first page.

Story/Pencil: Dave Morrison II
Inker: Destinie Coleman
Digitize/Colorist: Emma J Jones