Issue 4 Preview – The Hunt for Wilber

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The Hunt for Wilber is back in the second installment.  In the first installment Dave was on his private helicopter to seek out Wilber.  Find out what happens next in this thrilling graphic novel by Dave Lepek, illustrated by Yeshua Nel.  Read the back story in Issue #2 and #3 of GIMP Magazine.



The Hunt for Wilber is created in both GIMP and Inkscape, then published in Scribus.  All open source software!  GIMP is used for the illustrations and Inkscape is used for the text and text bubbles.  The process starts with the magical mind of Dave Lepek.  Dave roughs out on paper a few story ideas.  These ideas are developed and worked into storyboards (very rough sketches).  The storyboards do not include the final words.  The storyboards travel across the world to Yeshua Nel who does an outstanding job of not only interpreting our sketches, but turning them into real print-quality images.  Once we receive the final images the text is created and edited by Sandra Livingston and Debi Dalio.  Final text including the title logo is then added to the images using Inkscape.  Inkscape is a wonderful and fast tool to create the text bubbles.  We have developed an Inkscape template of standardized call-outs, text circles, and thought bubbles.  It is amazing that this graphic novel all starts with a single idea, a blank sheet of paper, and that open source software enables us to create the final product.

If you like The Hunt for Wilber, drop us a comment on our blog, tweet us or let us know.  It takes significant effort to produce these and Dave Lepek would like to know what is in your thought bubbles.  See what I did there. :)



Issue #4 of GIMP Magazine has been sent to for a print test and is due back to us by August 14th.  Plenty of time for us to prepare for the September 4th release of GIMP Magazine.  That is only four weeks away.  This issue is spectacular and I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!  We also have some special plans for our Directors Cut video release.  We are mixing it up this time around.  This is a huge effort from everyone and we appreciate you contributions!


Issue 3 Launches March 6


It’s Official – Issue 3 launches to the world on March 6 2013 and it is looking amazing!  So many amazing submissions that Issue 3 will weigh in at just under 90 pages of cool!  This is thanks to some amazing submissions from talented photographers from all over the world (like Andrea Zanovello), not to mention Ian Muttoo from the GIMP Magazine team who has written an article on motion photography.  We also have several tutorials on how to use GIMP with your photography.  Oh yeah, did I mention that GIMP Magazine is FREE? We can’t wait to share this with you!



  • We are featuring the cover story on Andrea Zanovello, a highly talented photographer with some stunning shots to gaze at.  In an exclusive interview Andrea tells us all about his photography and what he hopes for in the next version of GIMP
  • We have the first ever Issue of “The Hunt for Wilber” a graphic novel by Dave Lepek, illustrated by Yeshua Nel, who you may know from the Master Class featured in Issue 2 of GIMP Magazine.  Yeshua has joined our team as a regular contributor / illustrator
  • We completed a 70+ point comparison between GIMP 2.8.0 and Adobe Photoshop CS5.5 Extended
  • We have a full length article on motion photography from Ian Muttoo who you may know from the cover story of Issue #1.  Ian has joined our team as a regular contributor
  • A whole lotta G’MIC coming your way.  We have a collection of G’MIC articles.  Debi Dalio who joined our team recently has given us three articles: a full length feature article about G’MIC and how it works, a super groovy tutorial on how to create a rotoidoscope pattern, and finally a product review of G’MIC.
  • Oma Dial has delivered a book review of, “The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons: a Field Guide to Japanese Yokai”.  The interesting twist is that this full length book is not a training guide, but rather was created using GIMP and other open source tools
  • We have a few short features on other talented photographers
  • We have an incredible photography gallery that we are positive will inspire you
  • We have continued our Tips and Tricks feature
  • And we wrapped all of this is in a very cool looking magazine
  • Oh yeah, did I mention that GIMP Magazine is FREE?



We have the first issue of something truly cool here, “The Hunt for Wilber”  By Dave Lepek. We can’t wait to share this with you and continue the journey in upcoming issues.  It was fun to work with Dave and Yeshua while seeing this story unfold in an amazing looking graphic novel style.



GIMP Magazine on (where we host the magazine) has measured over 200,000 views.  This is incredible.  Issue 2 had over 100,000 impressions in it’s first month of release, considerably more than Issue 1.  These numbers are way beyond our original estimates, and they do not include some other big sites that have posted our PDF on their website for download. Thanks everyone for making GIMP Magazine a huge success!



Issue 3 will launch to the world on March 6th in all the regular formats (Issuu, PDF direct download) as well as high quality print format and tablet format (e.g. iPad).  Help support GIMP Magazine and have one delivered to your door, or tablet!



The GIMP Magazine Team would like to sincerely thank everyone who contributed to our magazine.   Check out if you would like to contribute $5.00 — we send cool stuff to those who do! Advanced previews, special features and other special goodies!

And finally I want to give a special thanks to everyone on the GIMP Magazine Team for coming together to make this work, especially given some illnesses over the holidays (me included).  Keep an eye out for some in-depth previews coming soon!  Kicking us off is a preview of the cover of The Hunt for Wilber.

I know i am forgetting something . . . Hummm? . . . Oh Yeah, GIMP Magazine is free!  Help spread the word.  Please follow us, re-tweet us, re-share us, or re-anything us!

Cheers, The GIMP Magazine Team!

P.S. We have already started to work on Issue #4, with an incredible photography/digital arts combined story.  Keep your submissions coming in!  We need more full length articles and tutorials!

Issue 2 Preview – Madeleine Fisher

Tutorial by Madeleine Fisher
Edited by Steve Czajka and Sandra Livingston

“My name is Madeleine Fisher. I’m an artist, and I use GIMP. By day, I have two very special hours during which I take simple requests. And, well . . . during the rest of my day and night I create comics. Let me share with you these aspects of my art in this two-part article.” (Madeleine Fisher)

Check out Madeleines website at
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Madeleine is sharing a semi-exclusive graphic novel with GIMP Magazine!