The Making of Comics

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     Comics have been around our culture since the early 1930’s. Most of them were revolved around radio shows that includes superheroes like Superman and Wonder Woman. Since those times, multi-millionaire companies like Marvel and DC have thrived because of those historic characters and the multitude of stories they are portrayed in various comics throughout the years. Below here is an infograph about the most popular heroes of both brands and which company owns their rights.

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Comic books are considered to be readable visuals of art that can be based on one’s imagination, like how a fictional novel is. To create a comic from scratch requires that very factor as well as a few other steps that can help share your imagination to a multitude of people that can be drawn to it.

     It all begins with an idea that can be recorded with a notebook for inspirations. Of course, these inspirations can be based on events that exist in the past and presently today as well. Don’t worry if your idea isn’t fully realized yet. Just simply go with it. You never know where it’ll take you. Next, you may want to write up a script from that idea to create a story. In comics, it’s not just about the visual telling a story but the dialogue the author writes about in every scenario too. This is where a good writer is needed to tell the story that will capture the audience’s attention and help them get invested in what you want to present to them visually. Look up this link for my tips on writing a good story. https://wpshowcasebrand.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/how-important-is-storytelling/

     After writing out your script, now is it the time to start drawing and creating visuals. Most artists call this step “storyboarding,” where small visuals of the story are designed before deciding on what would best fit to the story you portray. It does not have to be perfect at first; only draw several sketches of visuals until you decide the best look to go with your story. If you lack the ability to draw, get an artist to do so, and a digital one in fact to make sure they help you get the best visuals. Then, there’s the inking and coloring factor. These steps occur where you’re ready to clean-up your drawings and add depth to your illustrations. If you’re inking/coloring illustrations from another artist, don’t be afraid to ask questions if things aren’t clear.

A special kind of task when creating a comic is lettering. This will help establish the kind of theme for your comic story and acts as somewhat of a banner flag to attract your audience. You must choose the right design of font that will be used in the story from beginning to end. The biggest collection of comic book fonts can be found at Blambot. They have both free fonts and paid fonts. Be sure to check the font license before using any font in your work.

     For the last step, selling and marketing your comic isn’t easy. The best thing you can do is to use social media to have an advantage for advertising your story to the public and it will be easy for people to find and critique it. Your best bet is to create a daily post telling the public about your new venture and keep consistency for about a day or two apart (the most). Let them know what it is and how they can get it.

References

http://the-artifice.com/history-of-comics/

http://www.creativebloq.com/comics/guide-create-publish-comic-book-71515975

http://www.creativecomicart.com/step-by-step.html

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