Finding the perfect title for your comic is important. It is what people will use when referring to your work and is often the first thing that readers see. The name of your comic acts as an immediate snapshot of what’s to come. Getting it right is key. Although comic titles can come in flashes of inspiration, there have been many times where I have struggled to come up with ideas. So here are some tips to keep in mind when you're searching for the perfect comic title.
What perspective are you writing your story in?
The perspective of your comic, i.e. first person or third person, can be a great springboard for coming up with a comic name. For instance, let’s take a story about war. If it’s written from a third person perspective maybe the title could focus on a battle, a country or a city. If it is written in first person, the name could be derived from the company/battalion/squadron or an individual soldier. Take into consideration the primary narrative voice and perspective and go from there.
Consider your genre and themes
Your chosen genre and theme form the backbone of your story and sets up a series of audience expectations that you can play into or subvert. Themes and genre work together to form the overall message. Use a thesaurus to research alternative keywords centred on your theme/genre. Not only do you learn new words but it also can be the very inspiration you need.
Less is more!
Think of all your favourite series and begin to pay attention to the length of their titles. Oftentimes they are no more than two or three words long! Try and encapsulate your story in as fewer words as you can.
Use a random name generator
In the event you are completely and utterly stuck for a name, take a gamble on the random name generators out there and see what they come up with. Sometimes throwing spaghetti to the wall to see what sticks can produce interesting results.
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