Why create a comic book?
Think very carefully before you answer that question.
It doesn’t matter if you’re going to do all the production yourself or if you’re going to create a studio of like-talented creators. If you’re going to create a single one-shot standard comic book, a mini-series, an ongoing comic book series, a graphic novel or a webcomic.
Can your story be told in a prose format? I know this blog is about creating comic books not writing prose but just bear with me.
If you’re wanting to create a comic so you can get a job at the Big Two, just remember your own comic needs to be Plan A and working for someone else should be Plan C or D.
Remember, Marvel only needs one artist on the main Spider-Man comic and DC only needs one Wonder Woman artist and for every artist, they have they have a long list of artists waiting in the wings for their chance to draw their favorite characters.
The old saying that someone has to draw them is correct but remember only a few get to.
If your answer is that you have these great ideas for characters and a story that must be told then this blog may just be for you.
Next is who are you creating this comic for… for fun, family, to share it with others (super fans)?
The answer of this question takes us to my next question How but before we get there, let’s think about Who are we trying to reach and what is the endgame?
Why is the Who important? It determines the end product and how you can get there. It doesn’t change your characters or story.
Let’s look at the “Just for fun and share with family comic”. When doing this for yourself and family you no longer have to look at what the industry standards are, what are readers looking to read and your finally production is simplified. Do you need to ink the artwork, can it hand-colored so even you want drag out the old crayons. The lettering can be hand-lettered (old school) and even added and glued on the artwork.
Now let’s look at a comic you want to create and share with the possibility of building a fan base. Whether it’s a webcomic or a printed comic, you will have to look at certain production values and practices. But keep in mind: nothing is set in stone. This is just about looking at the standards. We’ll touch on specific changes for different outlets later. As far as the art the production values, it is up to you to get it penciled, inked, black & white, colored (hand colored or digital). What you have to look hard at is the finish production such as page setup and format, lettering etc.