SEVEN STAGES TO BUILDING A COMIC BOOK

 

There is a short list of comic creators who are capable of bringing a story from concept to print; even less are producing the entire process at a professional level entirely by themselves. Most comics are created by teams. Each person in the pipeline is hyper focused on a single piece of the puzzle. I spent decades studying every piece of the puzzle from the art of drawing, digital coloring, lettering, to print design. If you're like me, then you have aspirations to create your own comic stories. The goal of the course is to help you bring your project to life.

When I began making comics decades ago, I had hundreds of questions and each one took time and research to figure out.   I hit many walls along the way and I made a lot of mistakes and missteps.  Back when I started producing comics, I would've given anything to have a way of learning the necessary production steps to guide me along the way (some simple guide posts to make sure my efforts weren't in vain). 

After years of self-publishing and several successful professional publications in the industry, I've felt the call to create a road map for other  creators who have stories of their own.  If you're out there and you want to tell your story in graphic novel format, I'm developing an online course to get you there.

After a lot of thought, I simplified the process into seven categories:

1) Writing
2)
Thumbnailing
3)
Lettering
4)
Penciling
5)
Inking
6)
Coloring
7)
Print Production.

The online course I'm developing, "How to Make a Comic Book," will walk aspiring creators through each category with actionable steps, professional tips, downloadable tools and developmental guidelines. The goal of the course is to provide passionate creators with all the necessary elements to bring their comic book to life and help you avoid troublesome missteps. If this sounds like you, then scroll down and check out the course outline below. Or, if I you're ready to learn "How to Make a Comic Book," join me on Patreon and start learning now.

 

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Lesson 01 Writing

Every story begins with an idea. The problem with ideas is that they are ethereal and amorphous. Usually the spark of creation hits but swiftly dissolves back into the ether it came from. The act of writing is the process of solidifying ideas into language and condensing the concept to its most pure form, a perfect story.

Instructional Videos
Setting Up Your Project
Synopsis & Plot
Character Sheets
Write the Script
Editing

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Lesson 02 THUMBNAILING

Thumbnailing is the most important element in regards to storytelling. If you can make the image narration read in a thumbnail, you've already won the battle. Everything that follows is simply adding clarity, texture, style and

Instructional Videos:
Breaking Down a Script (template included)
Gathering Reference
Panel Breakdown
Comic Storytelling
Page Design
Thumbnailing the Page
Adobe Photoshop Page Layout (template included)

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Lesson 03 LETTERING

Lettering is it's own artistic element within a comic book. There are several types of letter elements on a page, and each one communicates something different to the reader.

Instructional Videos
Adobe Illustrator Setup (template included)
Finding & Installing Fonts
Adding Captions
Creating Narration
Creating Talk Bubbles
Sound Effects
Saving & Exporting

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Lesson 04 PENCILING

OK, so penciling is where the FUN happens. Thumbnailing is the primary foundation for storytelling, penciling is the foundation for the final artwork. This is where the drafting and rendering comes together and bring the scenes to life.

Instructional Videos
Blocking the Page
Drafting Perspective (templates included)
Light & Shadow
Rendering
Rendering

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Lesson 05 INKING

Write about Inking...

Instructional Videos
Planning and Tools
Line Weight & Style
Tonal Values
Texture Variation
Cleanup
Over-painting White
Finishing Touches
Scanning Artwork
Photoshop Formatting & Cleanup (Template Included)

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Lesson 06 COLORING

Coloring write up

Instructional Videos
Intro to Photoshop (Template Included)
Creating Flats
Developing Scene
Color Palettes
Using Layers & Masks
Lights: Key, Bounce, Rim, Atmospheric
Adding Texture
Color Adjusting
Saving File Types

Lesson 07 Print Production


Instructional Videos
Folder Structure
Generating a PDF
Finding a Printer
Paper Types
General Advice