Have you wanted to write a comic before but never gotten your initial idea anywhere past a daydream or a a scribble on a piece of paper? Then this series is for you! I started writing comics (with conviction) two years ago. I had dabbled in the past but never got anything concrete down. It was only after I decided to commit to the long haul of the creation process that I ended up with my first comic Resurrection Men which by the way if you would like a free copy of issue one click here or on the photo below.
There are tons of awesome resources on the net that already cover what I’m going to talk about over this series such as this, this or this. But what I want to cover is my experiences and share with you some lessons I learned in the process of creating the comic above. As a teacher in my real life role I always get frustrated when seeking information only to be denied because I don’t want to pay money. Why should you pay money for sharing knowledge. Oh I get why but it goes against my values to hide knowledge to only those who can pay for it.
I’m going to try and write an article each week about how I wrote my first comic series Resurrection Men and what things I learned on the way to making it a somewhat successful Kickstarter. I say once a week but I’m a father, husband, musician and teacher first. As my wife would say, this is my passion but it doesn’t pay the bills! My hope though is that these articles will help those that need guidance and I will periodically look back and update them as I learn more things in my journey being a writer of comics.
I am not an expert nor am I Brian K. Vaughan, Brian Michael Bendis, Scott Snyder,Scott McCloud, Will Eisner, Dan Abnett, Frank Miller, Grant Morrison, Robert Kirkman, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Alan Moore or Warren Ellis. Those guys know their craft in and out but I have learned enough and spoke to enough people (yep even BMB there) to speak with some authority.
Since I am a teacher there will be some home learning. I’ll ask you to read books, comics, watch films, documentaries and read articles. I’ll even ask you to complete creative tasks. I’ll do everything I can think of to help you because you’re here to learn and that genuinely makes me happy. There is no failure if you try and never give up.
Before we begin I would ask you to bare in mind the following as you move forward;
- Never give up
- Be nice to everyone you meet
- Devour as much information from everywhere you can.
If you can do those three things you might not necessarily be the next big thing, but you’ll be an awesome comic writer with a passion that will inspire others and make people want to help and work with you!
So are you ready? Then let’s begin!