Comic Story Writing...how do you do it ?

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Comic Story Writing...how do you do it ?

Postby Kindred » Fri Mar 04, 2005 3:36 pm

Just wondering how the other webcomic artists do it.
All I have so far is page 1, but after that, there's a huge blank. What do you use for story writing material, or do you just come up with it on the go ?!
Thanks in advance =/
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Re: Comic Story Writing...how do you do it ?

Postby Wizard » Fri Mar 04, 2005 3:58 pm

They usually come to me while I'm unconcious. My sub-concious had the annoying habit of putting great stories in dreams that I forget.
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Re: Comic Story Writing...how do you do it ?

Postby Spruce Moose » Fri Mar 04, 2005 4:05 pm

Wizard wrote:They usually come to me while I'm unconcious. My sub-concious had the annoying habit of putting great stories in dreams that I forget.

That's the saddest thing I've ever heard.
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Re: Comic Story Writing...how do you do it ?

Postby Jack Salem » Fri Mar 04, 2005 4:07 pm

It's different for everyone, not to mention it varies depending on what you're doing. As for me, I establish the perpose or overall theme of the entire comic, and then the tone. After thats done I do some key character profiles. THEN I come up with some of the highlights and plot twists of the story. These include ex: Bell VS Blossom, when Blossom finds out dexter's little secret, the upcoming confrontation Dexter VS Mandark, rising actions, climax, and resolution etc (Yes, kids. English teachers aren't just flapping their gaps when they talk about this. It's important).

After that I revise some character's, personalities, and profiles so the plot progresion fits better and more natural. After that I fill in little gaps along the way before determining the artstyle best suited for the way the story runs, progresses, etc. Thats how I do it anyway.
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Postby Kindred » Fri Mar 04, 2005 4:08 pm

Haha. Yeah, my dreams are too messed up to make any sense out of them. So nope...that method's not gonna work :P

Hmm, thanks for the input Jack. I guess that'll work. Overall theme, then sub-divide it into smaller parts. Thinkin about it...that might actually work :)
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Postby Angelin » Fri Mar 04, 2005 4:15 pm

Most of the time at school i come up with stories or like more parts for the story i am writing but right now i am in blank and i left my lil o story at chapter 25 ;~; (Between a battle scence)
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Re: Comic Story Writing...how do you do it ?

Postby Wizard » Fri Mar 04, 2005 4:18 pm

I mean, I had a cool dream last night. It was almost exactly like FF1, except it was in a bank. Garland was a clerk, Altros was an annoying banker, Lich was the manager, and there were Metroids floating around!

I also had a dream I flew to Canada in a cruise missile.
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Re: Comic Story Writing...how do you do it ?

Postby Kindred » Fri Mar 04, 2005 4:19 pm

Hmm, I'm not in school anymore, so there goes my "free time" ;)
I seriously need more imagination...
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Re: Comic Story Writing...how do you do it ?

Postby Jack Salem » Fri Mar 04, 2005 4:23 pm

Oh, BTW, I only recommend writing from beggining to end if you're doing, like, a peice of fanfiction...not if you're making a comic, or else you'll run into writer's block. Something that apparently, quite a few of you are going through >.@ . For me, ideas don't just come through a window out of nowhere. I have to establish a message and utilize various elements from life in order to make a story. Maybe you can use that if it makes it any easier or effecient.
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Postby Acktoo » Fri Mar 04, 2005 4:28 pm

Well I can write stories and I can draw pictures. Having the patience to put the two together is a pain in the arse.
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Postby Kindred » Fri Mar 04, 2005 4:31 pm

Acktoo wrote:Well I can write stories and I can draw pictures. Having the patience to put the two together is a pain in the arse.


Yes it is T_T
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Postby Spike » Fri Mar 04, 2005 4:50 pm

I find planning very important. I've re-written my story about ... 6 times now lol, but I was much less experienced when I started.

If you're rather new to comic writing, I recommend just getting some paper, some pencils, coming up with a fun short story to tell (it can be retarted, it really doesn't matter) and just going at it. Panel layout and just learning to get the "camera angles" you want are pretty important and you learn FAST.

also, for the "real" story you want to write, as Jack said, it's *very* important to know your characters. Think long and hard about who they are. Even if you don't write out their past in your book, know their past to the very last detail. If you have solid characters that you know like yourself, and you can imagine how they would react to a certain situation or say to someone else, the story will write itself :) Just make sure to have a "skeleton outline" of what you want to happen in each chapter and what themes you want to present and so on.
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Re: Comic Story Writing...how do you do it ?

Postby Wizard » Fri Mar 04, 2005 4:55 pm

Yeah, I just do random comics. I'm working on a thing where Ran takes over the world though...
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Postby Acktoo » Fri Mar 04, 2005 4:59 pm

8 years of work,
plenty of characters with lots of background
each with his or her own individual story and hidden past (except two),
pages upon pages upon pages of story,
and 13 unfinished comics. (I usually stop at page 3)
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Postby Spike » Fri Mar 04, 2005 5:00 pm

One of my abandoned projects was over 100 inked pages long. One of my more recent one went to 9 chapters, normally of over 28 pages per chapter. All inked.
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Postby Acktoo » Fri Mar 04, 2005 5:03 pm

Why did you stop? There is no way I would let all that work go to waste.
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Postby Spike » Fri Mar 04, 2005 5:05 pm

*shrugs* I stopped the 9 chapter one because I didn't like the way the characters were rendered. I realized that I had accidentally "jumped ahead" in her character development, essentially skipping it. Also I wanted to redo their design. And a few other things. Meh :) I'm getting close to designs that I like though, and the story I want is starting to solidify though, I think I'm ready to start a final final verison.
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Postby Kindred » Fri Mar 04, 2005 5:08 pm

Ah wow, thank you very much spike :)
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Postby Spike » Fri Mar 04, 2005 5:11 pm

No problems :) Is this your first try at comic writing? Be sure to share your first pages and I'd be glad to give some pointers.
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Postby Acktoo » Fri Mar 04, 2005 5:25 pm

I'd be happy if I had at least more than 15 pages. I wouldn't ink them though.
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Postby Jack Salem » Fri Mar 04, 2005 5:28 pm

Kindred wrote:Ah wow, thank you very much spike :)

Yeah, spike! Ur awsume! GOD DAMMIT, I HELPED YOU OUT TOO!!!! >.<
It does also have a lot to do with what you're comfortable with as well. I should've mentioned what spike said about just writing, even if it sucked, write. After all, the first step to writing is to write, not to think...I think. Good luck on your comic ^_^ .
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Postby Spike » Fri Mar 04, 2005 5:33 pm

Acktoo wrote:I'd be happy if I had at least more than 15 pages. I wouldn't ink them though.


I have 18 pages of penciled comic on my desk XD The only purpose is for fleshing out a few characters and testing some personality traits on them lol

Jack, have you done sequentials before? I really like your pencil style I was just wondering :3
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Postby Kindred » Fri Mar 04, 2005 5:41 pm

Jack, I think I thankd you farther up ^_-
If not, my bad n thanks :P

Spike, nope, not my first time writing a comic, but it's been a year since.
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Postby Acktoo » Fri Mar 04, 2005 5:43 pm

I can do personality traits with plain writing...
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Re: Comic Story Writing...how do you do it ?

Postby Jack Salem » Fri Mar 04, 2005 5:45 pm

I honestly did at one point. Then, well, someone LITERALLY dropped a 93.5 pound crate of tools on my hardrive. EVERYTHING I did up to that point disappeared, thus teaching me to use backups. It's a long story but, y 'know. I'm starting over, though. I'll have a good example of my CG up on the deviant boards in like a day pr two from now, tho.

If not, my bad n thanks

Don't worry about it. As long as you use the advice lol .
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