Bookending your start - The prologue

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, May 7, 2021



If you’re looking to open your comic by establishing the scene, theme and/or tone of the rest of the narrative then you might consider using “the prologue”. Derived from the Greek term, prologos, meaning, “before word”, the prologue serves as a mini story that is set before the ...

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QUACKCAST 519 - Infodump

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Feb. 23, 2021

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In the year 2020, the world had been devastated by a global pandemic, life had changed forever… It's 2021 and our 4 unlikely heroes have banded ...



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Placing the wrong building blocks | World building part 3

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Feb. 28, 2020



Last week, I expanded further on world building basics and what better way to end the trilogy than with a “what not to do!”. So here are some tips on what to avoid when building and writing your comic world.

Avoid the infodump
You’ve spent an age crafting the ...




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When the Plot is Too Busy

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Feb. 22, 2020



The plot is the spine of your story, the scaffolding upon which everything will be placed in order to create a full experience for the audience to immerse themselves in- be it a movie or a comic or a novel.

Just like the spine, however, there is a limit to ...



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Setting the scene | Prologue

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Oct. 25, 2019



Deriving from the Greek term, prologos, meaning, “before word”, a prologue is an opening of a story, or in this context, a comic, that establishes the scene, theme and/or tone of the rest of the narrative. It’s a mini story that happens before the main one unfolds but ...

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Serialized vs Episodic Storytelling

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Dec. 1, 2018



There is a general trend in mainstream media and sequential art to generally value serialized works (in shows, series, comics, etc) over episodic ones. They are considered to be more elegant, more dynamic and more interesting than episodic ones. While this might definitely hold true, is it so as a ...

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Showing and Telling

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, March 10, 2018



Anyone who ever dabbled in creative writing or any sort of narrative work, had the phrase “show, don't tell” hammered into them. The sheer anxiety of being caught ‘telling’ rather than ‘showing’ made us all think in terms I assume only exhibitionists do.

The truth though is, that sometimes ...



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The Dance Scene

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Feb. 24, 2018



Just like the table scene, the dance scene can be an invaluable story telling tool: a way to showcase where your characters stand without having to force them to speak about it or have someone else infodump about it.

This stance can be on the characters that dance (i.e ...



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