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Number of Panels...
Jules at 12:55PM, June 7, 2007
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What would you say is a good panel number in one strip. Like 4-7 maybe? I'm not really sure so that's why I'm asking.
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Roguehill at 1:03PM, June 7, 2007
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Depends entirely on what you're comfortable with.

Right now, I'm telling my story one panel at a time….which can take some doing if you're including any kind of action. I feel relatively successful, though.

As a rule of thumb, tell your story is as few panels as you can to try to keep things flowing. Once you start, you'll get a feel for what works for you.

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Jules at 2:22PM, June 7, 2007
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Thanks Roguehill for the advice, and nice comic by the way.
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Hijuda at 2:59PM, June 7, 2007
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For my comic, I typically use 3 or 6 panels. This is because I already have premade panel templates that paste over the art. This keeps strips a constant size.
It's a comic!

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patrickdevine at 3:37PM, June 9, 2007
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I usually go with five or six, but I've been trying for seven and eight more recently
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Darth Mongoose at 10:58AM, June 10, 2007
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I use however many I need for a page. Sometimes I have just two, or even a ‘splash page’, which is a posh way of saying ‘a comic page with just one panel’ or ‘just a big picture, really’. The most panels I use would be 7 or so on a single page. There's no special rule abotu how many you can or should rule, just go for what looks good and tells your story well!
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bryan at 1:32PM, June 10, 2007
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Since online comics are one of the few comic mediums that allow for an unlimited canvas, I try to capitalize on it by using as many as needed. I also tend to vary the size of each panel to try to either open up space or shrink it. Another thing overlooked is how large the panel spacing (or panel outlines) are kept.

Also, if you ever intend to publish, keeping a conformity to your pages is VERY helpful when print time comes around.
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Jules at 3:50PM, June 10, 2007
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I see now. From what most of you are saying is that there is no limit in the number of panels, and be creative. Your opinions and answers are really helping me out guys so thanks. Hearing from more people would be good too.
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StaceyMontgomery at 5:32PM, June 10, 2007
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My comic is in the form of an old-fahsioned daily newspaper strip. Generally, I do every day in three panels, which is rhythm i like. As i get more confident, Im doing more 4 and even 5 panel layouts. Since that means each panel is smaller, there's a danger of crowding the eye and being confusing - and making the storyline seemed rushed. But of course, 3 panels can be a little slow sometimes.

For most people, I htink the question is not “how many panels” but “how much comic am i going to make at a time?” It could be strip, a page, or whatever makes sense to you. We all break our stroies down into units, I think - but we use different units.
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