FAQ

How do you apply the aspect ratio with varying panel sizes?

How do you apply the aspect ratio with varying panel sizes, such as a vertically oriented panels? And how can you balance panels in a page if each panel is created as an independent shot? (CJMakin)

Fitting panels on a page is like putting together a puzzle. You will almost never get it right on the first try. It’s best to do a quick thumbnail sketch of the page layout before laying down any permanent lines on your page. Experiment with different panel sizes and shapes but make sure that the page reads from top left to bottom right. Long vertical panels work best as either the first or last panel on a page. For intense action sequences, try playing around with angled panels that overlap one another.

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Theory / Philosophy

Making Comics Gutter Talk Episode 56 – Lucy Bellwood

All aboard as the Gutter Talk podcast sets sail on a near two hour tour, a comic creating adventure. Join your captain and host, Adam, and his guest co-pilot, Lucy Bellwood, as they discuss everything from weird hometowns to successful Kickstarter projects to tools on her table.

Oh, and Lucy is a sailor so there are some choice drunken sailor-like words. If that makes you seasick and go overboard, don’t worry, we’ll throw you a life preserver. Or maybe we’ll just draw one around you. That sounds fun. Either way, you’ll be fine. Really.

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FAQ

As a writer, do I direct the colorist or leave them to their own devices?

This week’s question was asked by C.M. Edwards. Edwards asks:

As a writer, do I direct the colorist or leave them to their own devices?

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Underdogs

5 Exercises to Help You Write Jokes for Comics

Are you running out of things to make fun of? At first the jokes came flooding in, but now you sit with your eyes closed rubbing your temples while chanting, “Be funny. Be funny.”. I’ve spent a lot of time doing that myself, but after several days without sunlight and food I gave up and started using brainstorming exercises instead. Here are the ones I use most often.

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Theory / Philosophy

Making Comics Gutter Talk Episode 55 – Sam Wallace

One of the great things about the Gutter Talk series is the wide variety of guest artists from not just the United States but all around the world, too. From Denmark to Australia to Chicago, Illinois, Adam has been fortunate to speak to the amazing array of artistic talent the world over. However, there’s always something special in face to face interviews and this interview with Sam Wallace in Adam’s apartment was no different.

Join Adam and Sam as they discuss everything from painting to scriptwriting to sports. Yeah, sports. Don’t worry, though. That part will be quick and painless. Promise.

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Underdogs

The Webcomic Graveyard

Hiatus.

That is a word that evokes certain dread in webcomic readers. Updates that mention an impending hiatus often get more comments than usual, specifically in response to the hiatus rather than the actual page. Why? Because they fear what’s coming—death.

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Theory / Philosophy

Making Comics Gutter Talk Episode 54 – Three Questions (w/ Palle Schmidt)

While our guest interviews are always amazing, we here at Making Comics Worldwide are always seeking out new ways to educate the masses on comic creation. One of these ways is a new format we’ve created called Three Questions. In these brief podcasts, artists will discuss three various aspects of their own personalized craft of comic creation.

In our inaugural episode of this exciting new format we hit the ground running with artist extraordinaire, Palle Schmidt.

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FAQ

What are your favorite lifesaving tips for traditional (non-digital) inking? (@AfterDaylight)

What are your favorite lifesaving tips for traditional (non-digital) inking? (@AfterDaylight)

Although digital art is becoming more prevalent in the world of comics, traditional inking is still heavily used throughout the industry. Most professional inkers still prefer to work on vellum (bristol board) rather than the computer. Working traditionally allows the inker to “feel” their tools differently and create a more organic image. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Invest in a good brush. This is probably the most important thing any inker will tell you. A high quality sable hair brush can create the finest point imaginable without constant dipping. The Raphael Series 8404 and the Scharff Series 3000 Round are excellent brushes that can last up to 10 years if properly cared for. They’re a little pricey…but worth every penny!

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Underdogs

Don’t Fear the Timer

Fifteen minutes.

That’s all the time I’m allowing myself to write this blog. Aaaand, my OCD just kicked in. There will be no note consultations, no pre-arranged outlines, no bullet points, no thesaurus checks. Just me, a keyboard, and a kitchen timer. Why am I doing this? Because I spent a lot of time this week coming up with an interesting blog topic, researching the subject, taking notes, and making a general outline of what I wanted to say – the problem is…I can’t say it. It’s as if my brain is so excited over the prospect of writing that it’s tripping over itself to get its thoughts out. “My” thoughts out. I used to be able to knock out essay after essay in high school with ease and enjoyment. What happened? Have my writing muscles atrophied? Is there so much information in my head that when I ask it to form a queue chaos and panic breaks loose?

Ten minutes. Oh boy.

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