The rules and materials that you can use to create a comic, or comic strip are only limited by your imagination. If you have a passion to create your own comic, you shouldn’t let anything stop you from letting the creative juices flow. There are a few things to keep in mind toward the creation of your comic: image creation, the story, and the emotion you want to inspire in the reader.
Don’t turn your nose up at the simple pencil and piece of paper. Nearly every famous comic artist began their career with the use of those two tools. Comic artists today may do a rough draft with these items and then scan their artwork into the computer and ink, color, shade, and add words to their work. Photographs are an unusual tool used by some comic creators to enhance the story or create an interesting background. This is where your imagination should take flight. If you like the idea of using digital tools only to create your comic, don’t feel like you have to use a pencil/pen and paper. Do what you want and create the look you like.
The images are an essential part of comic creation. Charles Schulz drew his character Snoopy dressed as a fighter pilot on his doghouse. There are panels of the Peanuts comic that show this image with no words, and it is very powerful. Most people would understand what Schulz was communicating in this image. Garfield, created by Jim Davis, is recognized worldwide as the “fat cat” who loves lasagna. Learn the lesson from these greats and others that creating iconic, simple, and recognizable images is essential to a comic.
Don’t neglect the story, or the concept you wish to communicate to the reader. If you want to create an epic story that will stretch over many comic panels, you might be doing yourself a favor to write out the script or summary of the story before you create the images. The writing and the images can help inspire you and show you the essential places in the tale where you want to emphasize certain things to evoke emotion in your readers.
A final point to consider: if you are seeking fame and fortune by creating the perfect comic, you need to know it is going to take a long time and hard work in addition to great marketing.…