Wednesday Support – From script to comic

Good evening,

The following resource comes courtesy of current Thunderbolts scribe Jim Zub.

Making Comics Progression: Script to Final

Regards,

N.S. Paul

Wednesday Support – Why You Should Letter Your Comics – Carman Kay

This post is a repost of another blogger I came across in my searches for resources for aspiring comic artists. Please enjoy and check out Carman Kay’s website here.

Out of everything I have been passively practicing on in my recent comics, I have not thoroughly garnered such a sense of love for this until just recently. And that is: the awesomeness of Lettering. Lettering comics nowadays, especially in webcomics isn’t as common as it used to be with the fact that it’s a […]

via Why You Should Letter Your Comics — Carman Kay

Wednesday Support – Breaking into Comics and Others

original

Good morning,

This weeks support comes from many different threads and web searching. I remember when I started writing seriously and I found it difficult to find concise help and information so I do hope this Wednesday blog does that. Thanks for all those that have submitted or shared links.

The first is an article about breaking into the comics industry by Dark Horse Editor Jim Gibbons.

Breaking into Comics by Jim Gibbons

The next link comes from Fred Van Lente who has create a really cool info graph about common errors new writers make. Would recommend you check it out.

The top 5 mistakes people make when creating comics by Fred Van Lente

The next link has to do with writers learning to appreciate their artist collaborators which I think is oft over looked when you are new to comics.

The reality of drawing by John Chalos

Sticking with the theme of today, I though this was a great little comic about breaking into the industry by C. Spike Trotman.

This is Everything I I Know by C. Spike Trotman.

Writers, don’t be like this.

Illustrations of the People Who Want You to Work For Free by BOOOOOOOM.

The real cost for paying someone to work on your comic.

Scott Snyder Makes More on Wytches than Batman – The Price of Working in Comic Books by Rich Johnston.

The last post today comes from Charles Soule and Jim Zub.

So you Wanna Write Comics? by Patrick Dane.

All the best,

N. S. Paul

Wednesday Support – Catch up!

Good evening,

I thought I would just do a quick we post on all the different topic I’ve covered so far.

Wednesday Support – Lettering

Wednesday Support – Lettering and colouring resources

Wednesday Support – Anthologies

Wednesday Support – Comic Balloons and clarity

More updates will be coming but please do check the above links out and develop your own craft.

All the best,

N. S. Paul

Wednesday Support – Lettering

Good morning everyone,

This weeks resources is more a question and answer FAQ regarding common lettering issues from Comicraft, one of the big names of the lettering world.

Click the picture below to be taken to FAQ part of Comicraft’s site.screen-shot-2016-10-11-at-19-25-12

Regards,

N. S. Paul

Wednesday Support – Lettering and colouring resources

Good morning,

This week I’ve got two resources that I have really found useful in developing not only my lettering skills but also my colouring skills.

cbl1-2

The first comes from Comicraft and is all about lettering. I’ve found this guide really helpful due to the references to Adobe Illustrator and the different approaches to not only speech bubbles but to SFX and additional tips and tricks for lettering. You can pick up your copy from most retailers.

finished_hunter_preview

The second is a free resource for colouring. I found this really clear and easy to follow and I’m looking forward to exploring this technique with black and white art. You can check out the resource here.

See you next Wednesday.

All the best,

N. S. Paul

Wednesday Support – Anthologies

Good morning,

Now that I’m back in the swing of things I can share with you Support Wednesday, a weekly blog about resources that can help support your comic writing lives.

This week comes from anthologies;

http://sol-comics.com/anthology-submissions/

http://openroadanthology.tumblr.com/anthology-submissions

http://www.lezhin.com/en/page/contest

All the best,

N. S. Paul

Wednesday Support – Lettering resources, anthologies, Kickstarter and new work

Now that I am back in full swing at my day job it is harder to do as many updates as I would like but I have managed to come across some excellent resources in my limited downtime.

Resources

The first comes from letterer Jim Campbell (@CampbellLetters & clickflicklettering) who has worked with publishing companies such as 2000AD, BOOM! Studios, Image Comics, Titan Comics, Heavy Metal and Dark Horse to name a few. I came across his guides on the 2000AD forums and I have massive respect for his teaching ethic. Since I found his resources, Jim has been kind enough to point me in the direction to more resources for lettering on his blog through Twitter. I’ve always had a massive amount of respect and gratitude to working professionals who are willing to spend a little time helping amateurs develop their skills to join the industry. So Jim Campbell, thank you! (FYI – you should check out his blog already).

Anthologies

There’s a been several new anthologies and submissions that I’ve come across in the last few weeks. Hopefully you can get to submitting to these soon!

Kickstarters

So let’s talk new comics! I’ve been scouring Kickstarter for new potential material to read and some have caught my eye that I thought I would share. I am no way affiliated with these comic creators. I actually came across their work because of Twitter and I ended following a couple of additional Kickstarters through their social media.

The first is “Ness #2” written by Chris Welsh and art by Robert Carey. I wish I could tell you more about it but I was totally sold on H. P. Lovecraft, Hellboy and Scottish mix. I’m now just waiting for Issue 1 and Issue 2 to be delivered when the Kickstarter finishes. FYI, this Kickstarter has already succeeded but you can still get involved and support the creators.

crbi5f7xeaamur6-jpg-large

The second Kickstarter is Deer Editor: Hack.

deer-editor-vol-3-hack-1

Written by Ryan K Lindsay and art by Sami Kivelä Again if I’m honest, I’m supporting this Kickstarter mostly because of the artwork and the title of the work. And considering the entry point of supporting this comic and the fact that it had already met it’s financial target I had nothing to loose supporting it. Again I am not affiliated with the two Kickstarters above but they just look so damn cool, so check them out and pledge!

New material

Your still here? Fantastic! I’ve recently put my most recent drafts of original scripts on the website. You can check them out at the comics page. I’d recommend “Home” and “My Hero” for short starting points. Please keep in mind these are working drafts and will be updated.

In the interim, have a good Friday.

N. S. Paul

You can’t have more than six panels on a page!

Or so the old adage goes. Since I have gotten back into writing comics I’ve fallen into the trap of writing too many panels in my comics. This has resulted in feedback from other writers stating that artists will see the job as tedious or worse yet, me being naive about not giving enough breathing room for the art to take centre stage.

I went back to my recent draft of Resurrection Men #1 and looked at my pages with my analytical hat. Was I showing my inexperience or could a writer really be successful with more than a certain number of panels per page?

3589583-ultimate+spider-man+43-07So I picked up my most recent read, Ultimate Spider-Man by Brian Michael Bendis and I noticed that he often writes for nine or ten panels per page. This is one of the most successful writers currently at Marvel so by this logic surely there doesn’t need to be a hard limit on how many panels you need for a page. The page to the left really was a great example of how a large number of panels can quickly tell a story without the need of excess dialogue.

 

avengers-finaleThis page from the “Avengers Disassembled” storyline was in fact very powerful because it showcased the emotional wellbeing of all the characters whilst simultaneously giving each character a line of dialogue that expressed their feelings towards the end of an era. However, I’m not trying to dismiss the logic between limited panels. In fact it really helps as a writer to look at a page with many different panels and see what really is important and condense the essence of the story into as few as panels as possible.

The example below comes from between two drafts of Resurrection Men #1.

12

In the first example you can see there was a lot of dialogue and going back and forth between Camael and James. When I added it up it came up to 10 panels in total! So I thought to myself, how can I keep the jist of this story and scene but cut the panels. This was my solution below.

1 Redone2 redone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suddenly a lot smoother and heck of lot more interesting visually. I 02_cemanaged to keep the feel of story but also gave room for the art to be the certain of attention.

So I guess this one golden rule can be broken, if it is broken for the right reason. I’ll leave you with a poor example of panels from Scott McCloud’s “Understanding Comics”, a great read you should pick up.

All the best,

N. S. Paul

Wednesday Support – Comic balloons & clarity

Evening all,

My journey to developing as a comic writer and letterer led me to do a lot of research on how to develop different skills. I thought I would start sharing those online posts that have helped me in the interests that it might help others with their own work.

This tutorial has great information about placement of word balloons within your comic. This particular article comes from IDW published writer and artist Lora Innes. You can check out her online comic, The Dreamer here,  buy it here and her twitter here.

All the best,

N. S. Paul

Comic Layout Tutorial: Comic Balloons & Clarity