Tools of the Trade – 2018 Gear in Review

Here’s Tools of the Trade – 2018 Gear in Review — a look back at comic book making gear that was introduced in 2018.

Apple introduced the new iPad Pro with an all-screen design available in displays of 11-inches and 12.9-inches. Additionally, the new Apple Pencil (2nd Generation) was announced and magnetically attaches to the iPad Pro for pairing and wireless charging.
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Moleskine introduced the Pen+ Ellipse smart pen based on the Smart Writing System that works with the company’s specially Ncoded paper technology. Using the Moleskine Note app, pen strokes resulting in words and drawings are captured in real time and immediately transferred to your smartphone or tablet for additional use. You can read more at

Adobe announced full Photoshop CC for iPad that will ship in 2019. As one of the most anticipated apps for iPad users, the application is slated to offer a full toolbar and layer management interface along with the same tools, filters, adjustments, and masking options similar to the desktop version. Discover more at

Clip Studio Paint, a popular app among comic book creators, released a major update this year that offered improved animation features, the ability to import and export timeline information in an all-purpose format, and colourization using AI technology. The new ‘Clip Studio SHARE’ function allows creators to easily convert their multi-page works into web reader formats. More information available at
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Wacom introduced two new products with 4K displays: Cintiq Pro 32 and Cintiq Pro 24. Both feature Pro Pen 2 technology and natural pen performance with over 8000 levels of pressure, improved tilt functionality and extreme precision.

During this past year, I met with Jim Woo and John McLachlan the creators of The Comic Machine. The social media app offers the function of easily creating and sharing rich-media digital comic book stories. The audience ranges from the amateur to the professional with the ability to showcase digital comic books on both desktop and mobile devices. You can discover more at
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With CES 2019 approaching quickly, you can be sure that there will be even more new tools for comic book creators introduced in the coming months. So please make sure to check back for updates in the near future.
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