Day 0

Hi, let’s talk about comics.

I’ve recently finished a small thing for a school project, so I thought I would share it over the next few days. It has taken me a while to find a process that works for me, and I figure someone might be interested in seeing how I do the things I do.

In order to start a comic, you need to have an idea. It can be anything, as long as it’s something that you are genuinely interested in. If you have no idea what to draw about, pick a subject that you’re passionate about, or try to think of a story that you would like to read, but that doesn’t exist yet. I often gravitate towards mystery, urban SciFi settings, the supernatural and LGBT (okay, mostly GB) protagonists, because those are the kind of stories I am interested in hearing. I also avoid comedy, because I have a very hard time being funny when it’s scripted.

Speaking of scripts, I usually don’t have a one. I hate writing down dialogue and stage directions for comics, it seems like a waste of time when you need to figure out the visuals. For bigger stories, I will write down an outline of varying detail (depending on the complexity of the plot), and then go straight into storyboarding.

I'm a real pro.

I’m a real pro.

I know some people have amazing storyboarding skills, but I’m not one of those people. Each panel takes me about a minute, maybe two if it’s a more complicated shot. I write dialogue down below, as well as some comments because most of the drawings are not very clear or detailed, but the final version will be.

Don’t be afraid to edit this. I cross out panels, add in new ones, and scribble over things. Spend a long time with this and look at it over and over again. Show it to someone and ask for feedback. This is a crucial part in the flow and pacing of your story, and whether it’s understandable or not. Make several versions if you have to.

Tomorrow, I’ll talk about breaking this up into pages.