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May 31st, 2006, 12:49 AM
Hello everybody, I want to make my own comic book just for fun and practice. The problem is, a story. I can't write stories.. especially long ones, so I ask for help, I am not sure what to do. I am thinking of going for short story comics so I can have only 1 issue. This isn't going to be published or anything, just for fun, and to see how it's like. The purpose of this is to improve my art in several different areas: storyboarding, layout, character design, interior/exterior environments, blahh everything =D. I can work on drawing people, creatures, and mechanical objects! I think it's a good practice, so I'm doing it. But back on topic, does anybody have any advice or can direct me to where I can find out how to write a short story? What are the essential components of a good story and such?
Any help is really appreciated, thank you.
May 31st, 2006, 09:37 AM
tons of links here:
there are forums for comic writers, and talent search forums,
geared specifically to people looking for others to work with.
May 31st, 2006, 10:01 AM
oh wow, thanks a lot!
May 31st, 2006, 12:10 PM
Also, you can check out DigitalWebbing (http://digitalwebbing.com/talent/) under Pencilers and find a writer with a story.
If you want to develop your own, try reading the DC Comic's Guide to Writing Comics. (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0823010279/qid=1149091785/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/103-1246956-9796639?s=books&v=glance&n=283155)
May 31st, 2006, 02:16 PM
Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/006097625X/sr=8-1/qid=1149099206/ref=pd_bbs_1/104-4609917-7459966?%5Fencoding=UTF8)
Really, if you haven't picked up this book yet, it's a fantastic read. It explains more of the visual language of comics rather than more detailed storytelling aspects, but obviously the two are intertwined. Would be a great supplement to your quest for comic writing techniques :)
May 31st, 2006, 02:42 PM
Oh thanks for the links guys, proving to be useful!
June 1st, 2006, 07:30 PM
If it's just for fun and experience, you could go to the library, get some short stories, and just make a comic off of your favorite one. Copyright doesn't matter if you aren't publishing. (e.g., fanart).
If you have an interest in writing, I suggest reading "Story" by Robert McKee. It'll give you a good feel of how a story works, how to see what's wrong with yours, and how to fix it.
If you don't want to 'steal' someone's story, just do something archetypal, like your standard cookie-cutter plot with a few twists and stuff thrown in.
Good luck! I'm about to begin working on a comic too. I'd like to see anything you do.
June 1st, 2006, 08:50 PM
Hey Luke thanks for the advice. I actually found a storywriter that was looking for an artist to work with. It's undecided if we'll post things up but if there 'are' WIPs you will be able to view them at http://jjh.deviantart.com
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