Grounding your comic with theme

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, July 3, 2020



A narrative theme can be described as the core meaning or message behind your story. It serves to tell your audience what your story is about as well laying groundwork for its context. Establishing the core theme early can help you keep your comic grounded and focused as you begin ...

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What to do when you think you've outgrown your comic

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, June 19, 2020



As you grow and develop as a comic creator, you might find stories you had invested time into beginning to lose their appeal. You might be thinking that having outgrown your story. However, it might be a case of having written yourself into a corner or maybe you might need ...

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The Art of the Conversation

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, June 1, 2020




Understanding the importance of the dialogue between two characters (or an internal monologue) is crucial for writing conversations in comics. It is true that comics are written differently than real world conversations because it removes a lot of the idiosyncrasies that happen in real-time conversations. However, learning to apply techniques ...


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FEATURED COMIC --> Tangkal English

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, May 13, 2020



An ancient old woman shambles up to a even older tree that stands alone and isolated on a bare green hill. She makes a request of it, undergoes an intense magical ritual and examines the the detritus and trinkets she's collected over the course of her life… What is ...

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Nothing Wasted, Something Gained

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, April 18, 2020



As the Orthodox Easter approaches, I set out to make the traditional sweet bread. It's a tricky affair, because the recipes are often unreliable, or something might happen which you realise too late, and the dough won't rise, or won't pull apart as it should. I ended ...

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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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QUACKCAST 465 - Planning Vs pantsing!

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Feb. 11, 2020

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There are a couple of approaches when it comes to making a big creative project: planing it all out or working things out as you go ie ...



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Goals in 2020

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Dec. 20, 2019




With another year coming to a close and we venture forth into 2020, it’s a good time to not just catch up on some no doubt much needed rest, but also to take a moment to make some goals for the coming year. Some time ago I wrote about ...


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The Slow Burn

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Dec. 14, 2019



Generally nowadays, perhaps because of the nature of today's media and ways of consuming stories, a fast-paced, rapid-fire approach is favored for telling stories. It's with good reason. With so many options available to a finite audience, there is a high competition for grabbing the audience's attention ...

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City Mouse and Country Mouse

Banes at 12:00AM, Dec. 5, 2019



City Mouse and Country Mouse


In an Aesop's Fable, the Country Mouse offers a big-city Mouse a simple meal, which the City Mouse scoffs at. The two go to the big city for a much more fancy repast, and then are chased by a cat, whereupon the Country Mouse ...




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