As a comic creator I have done mainly long series (most of which I have yet to finish) but there was a time where I wrote and completed a one shot comic. It was rough and boy is the art a bit old, but it was an interesting exercise. It felt good creating a simpler story that was self contained, able to stand on its own two feet.
The beauty of the one-shot is that the story is often shorter and self contained. There aren’t many moving parts and it gives the creator a chance to really flex their creativity in other ways such as the art or themes. A one shot comic can also be a good change of pace during projects. Given the longer nature of a serial, having a story that has an achievable scope can help when one is facing writers/art block.
It helps to have a strong and clear outline for a one shot comic as you don’t have the room to build complicated lore. The beauty of this format is that it keeps you focused and the outline will keep the plot from unraveling out of control.
It also offers a good outlet for those stories you want to explore but don’t have enough content for a longer series. A later date you can collect them together in an anthology if there are similar themes explored throughout as well.
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