Comic Help
Pet Peeve

uuuugghhhh

One thing that always bugs me is when the characters in a series ALWAYS WEAR THE SAME THING. I can understand sometimes in cartoons, but in a comic?? where you’re hand drawing every panel?

ya, no.

There’s no excuse except for laziness in my eyes-i dont know how you guys feel but this just always makes me angry. It doesn’t take too much effort to design other outfits for your characters.

So give it a try, and put that extra bit of effort into your comics!

Basics - Equal Rights/Responsibilities

This is a big problem i see in a lot of webcomics-not SO much in published works-and it really irks me.

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Hi there, I want to start writing out a comic before I draw it out and all that good stuff. But how do you go about writing a comic? Do you write it like a screen play, or a novel?

hmmm….i’ve been thinking this one over for a little while, and honestly, doing what’s easier for you is probably the best solution. Personally i’ve never written a comic in screenplay form; i always have jot notes, or plot written down in detail so i can imagine everything as i go. But again, it’s best to play to your strengths!

Do you write/illustrate a comic of your own? Just wondering : D
Anonymous

I actually do a few, they’re all online but most get put on hiatus alot…(a pet peeve of mine honestly….)

I doubt i’d feel confident enough in my self to work a help blog if i didn’t have experience in the topic XD but i guess years of reading comics sort of helps anyways…!

The comic of mine that has the largest fanbase, and updates most frequently is called Blaq Majiik, it’s sort of my baby lol

Wow…

Reblog something from a-c and all of a sudden influx of followers! hello new followers, how are you?

If anyone’s wondering where this blog is going after i’m done covering the basics i’ve listed(and cause i really just haven’t explained what I’m doing after that….that i can remember), here ya go:

  • I’ll take any questions anyone has about comics
  • I might open up submissions, so other people can voice they’re own experiences with comics and share some advice!
  • I’ll be pointing out comic pet peeves of mine, and things you just…..really SHOULD NOT DO.
  • i don’t really WANT to do things like, anatomy tutorials or something, but if anyone wants it, i can show how i handle anatomy(and anything else to-like poses, facial expressions, etc)…?

I’ll have more things to talk about as the blog goes on, but these are some of the things i really would love to get to!

So anyway, comics to work on and all that, i’ll have another post up sometime soon(i don’t really have an “update schedule” for this blog, so…ya) in the meantime, the askbox is always open if anyone has questions!

Basics - Titles

Title

This post covers titling your comic! It’s fairly simple to talk about, and shouldn’t take up too much space, but like everything else on this blog, it goes under the cut!

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A little base advice: I’m not completely sure how it works with written work, but with comics, you sort of just have to jump in and hope you can do it!
Comics don’t need to be COMPLETELY THOUGHT OUT OH MY GAWD AM I READY, they can be something you don’t even have plans for! The big thing to think about is if you want to start with a just-for-fun series(so a comic that you just start to test the waters and don’t expect much from it) or if you want it to actually be something bigger.
In terms of the fan base issues, with comics, if you’re just starting out it’s best to use a comic hoster like Smackjeeves for example. You’ll have fans in no time!(just don’t expect them the first few days of posting!). People tend to flock to new things on comic hoster sites, so make sure you start off by posting at least 5 pages!
Also, make a buffer. If you don’t know what that is, its just a fancy word for having a bunch of pages already finished and ready for posting, but that aren’t posted yet. Buffers are a GREAT help, especially if real life happens when you have to update!

A little base advice: I’m not completely sure how it works with written work, but with comics, you sort of just have to jump in and hope you can do it!

Comics don’t need to be COMPLETELY THOUGHT OUT OH MY GAWD AM I READY, they can be something you don’t even have plans for! The big thing to think about is if you want to start with a just-for-fun series(so a comic that you just start to test the waters and don’t expect much from it) or if you want it to actually be something bigger.

In terms of the fan base issues, with comics, if you’re just starting out it’s best to use a comic hoster like Smackjeeves for example. You’ll have fans in no time!(just don’t expect them the first few days of posting!). People tend to flock to new things on comic hoster sites, so make sure you start off by posting at least 5 pages!

Also, make a buffer. If you don’t know what that is, its just a fancy word for having a bunch of pages already finished and ready for posting, but that aren’t posted yet. Buffers are a GREAT help, especially if real life happens when you have to update!

Basics - Artstyle

Art style

another important part of comicing is the art!!!

The artwork for the comic really sets the mood, and choosing the wrong artist/style can really blow up in your face.

A small little “crash course”:

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Basics - Plot

(this is sort of constructed oddly….)

Plotline is the largest, most important part of any story-obviously!

Below i’ll detail how I PERSONALLY go about writing plotline, but considering how wide a topic this is it’s pretty much all up to your preferences.

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Basics - Plot

(this is sort of constructed oddly….)

Plotline is the largest, most important part of any story-obviously!

Below i’ll detail how I PERSONALLY go about writing plotline, but considering how wide a topic this is it’s pretty much all up to your preferences.

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