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Where'd the name Mercury Hat come from?
What do you look like?
No really, what do you look like?

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Where'd the name Gunmetal Annie come from?
How'd you come up with the idea?
Why do you call it a comic? isn't it a manga?...

Artist's Technique
What do you use to draw the comic?
How do you do a page?
How do you layout a page?
How do you keep everything straight?...
What font do you use?

Terms

Miscellaneous
How do I contact you?

...concerning the author.

Where'd the name Mercury Hat come from?
To give you a little history from this site: "Mercury poisoning is the ill effects on humans nervous system and other bodily systems due to the over-exposure of mercury. Mercury is a neurotoxin, meaning it affects the nervous system. The "mad hatters" of the 19th century suffered from mercury poisoning which caused personality changes, nervousness, trembling, and even dementia. The hatters were exposed to mercury in the felting process, where mercury was rubbed onto cloth to preserve it."
So, some people have thinking caps, I have a crazy one.

What do you look like?
Like this!

No really, what do you look like?
Fine, fine, here's
me.

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...concerning the comic.

Where'd the name Gunmetal Annie come from?
Okay, to make a boring story short: My friend used to work at a shoe store and if you've ever seen boxes of shoes, the different types are sorted according to the color and style of the shoe. He was stocking boxes one day and came across a shoe named Gunmetal Annie, a phrase which he passed along to me as the coolest sounding phrase ever. As you can see, I was inclined to agree.

How'd you come up with the idea?
The initial idea was sparked by a single line I came up with: "You're one of them, aren't you?" said by the Dana prototype to Greg's prototype. As for the rest, I have no idea.

Why do you call it a comic? Isn't it a manga? Aren't you a manga-ka? AREN'T YOU BIG OTAKU HELLO KITTY KAWAII?!
I do not consider myself a manga artist, nor will I call my comic as such. I am an American artist whose art is influenced by manga/anime though I've been slowly moving toward a more Western style.

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...concerning the artist's technique.

What do you use to draw the comic?
Being the low-tech, amateur, poor artist that I am, I use a 0.7 mm mechanical pencil on plain 'ol computer paper for the strips. My inking pens are Staedtler Sketch Pens with widths of 0.1 mm, 0.3 mm, 0.5 mm, and 0.7 mm. Most of my line work is done with the 0.3 mm, however fine lines such as eyes and mouths are inked with the 0.1 mm pen. I hardly ever use the other widths. For straight lines I use a plastic 45-45-90 triangle. On the rare occasion I hand-color something, I have a set of Prismacolor markers got for cheap because I have connections. For the computer-done work, I use Paint Shop Pro 7.

How do you do a page?
When I set about to do a page of the comic, I put on some good music and just start drawing the first rough sketch. I don't even bother with straight lines on the panels, I just work on getting the characters in the right spots. Once I've got everything the way I like, I'll go back through with a pencil and the ruler to mark out the panels to make sure I won't cut off an important part or make the whole page crooked. When I'm ready to ink, I'll ink "backwards", that is, I'll go from the bottom right panel and work my way up to the upper right to minimize smudging since I'm right-handed. Backgrounds come last after the foreground has been inked. I do all the coloring, lettering, panels, and add the speech bubbles on the computer with Paintshop Pro 7.

How do you layout a page?
All the layouts are done in my mind; I know where a character will be standing in a panel, what their expressions and gestures will be, and where the page will end. I make the panels as large as I need them to be, the first panel sets the tone for the others on the page.

How do you keep everything straight? The story, the characters, etc., why don't you forget something?
I will admit I've got a bit of a cheat-sheet when it comes to all this: I have the story written out so that I have a rough idea of how the characters are going to look, what they'll say, what comes next, etc. This also keeps me in line so I don't make any huge inconsistencies; the story will have gone through several edits and proof readings before it's put into the comic.

What font do you use?
The font that you see on the early pages of dialogue in the comic is "Papyrus", I've also used "Comic book commando", Komika Text, and Steel City Comic, all are available from 1001 fonts.

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...concerning the terms found in the comic.

Terms and their meanings:

Being: The general name for the aliens which have put up residence on Earth (not a terribly inventive name, but bite me). Beings are shapeshifters meaning they can change their appearance at will. They are not cat people, as some have incorrectly concluded.
Cleansing: The year-long (early 2004 - late 2005) period where Being soldiers swept through the capitals of every country in the world and killed everybody found therein.
Colonization: The five or so years after the Cleansing when the Beings evenly divided Earth between its people and their own, using their newly-gained property as prison colonies.
Contact or First Contact: January of 2004. The first meeting between Earthlings and extraterrestrial beings.

...concerning miscellaneous things. How do I contact you?
My e-mail for the comic is gunmetalannie@gmail.com so any questions you've got should be directed there.

No one's asked you any of these questions, have they?
...no.

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