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In comic art there are some artists who use a lot of photo references, to the extent that a panel looks like a collage of photos that they traced and added stuff to. Greg Land is a famous example. Their work tends to have an Uncanny valley look. They do work faster than traditional artists though.

I suspect that AI is not at a point where it can draw a comic by itself, but it can generate images that an artist can combine and trace over to form a complete comic. This might be able to speed up the work of artists considerably, while eliminating much of the Uncanny valley traced photo look.

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Sounds fun and interesting; I for one would be really interested in how much one can currently push AI art to create a complete work, and not just one-off pictures. Many thanks to Steve for funding it!

As an aside, this comes at a slightly awkward time as the new much-improved version of Stable Diffusion (which one pretty much has to use to craft a work of comic-length consistency) will release this month.

After that is released, I expect there to be some weeks before all the tooling (ControlNets, checkpoints...) are updated to support the new model. This means there might be a really short window to submit to the first stage of the contest if you want "current gen" quality!

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Were the submissions / details / winners of stages 1 and 2 posted anywhere?

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A real shame that Aljion Dave resigned. The 36 pages he did look great! I'd probably have paid some money into a Kickstarter to stuff his mouth with gold to finish it! Look forward to seeing the winning entries to the contest.

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Thanks for doing this! I have a novella I’d like to turn into a graphic novel with generative AI, so I’ll be excited to see what the outcome of this is.

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