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

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Postby Spike » Fri Mar 04, 2005 5:50 pm

Acktoo wrote:I can do personality traits with plain writing...


yeahhhh I write too, I wrote a short novel once of these chars (erm... hwo long was it... *ponders* a binderful at least...)(serious, I'm not lying about this shit, high school was SO BORING Hahahah) but I don't find it nearly as fufilling as drawing. :/

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Postby Obaba » Fri Mar 04, 2005 6:02 pm

My first comic I did like a daily strip and did a few funnies and after high school decided to use the same characters in a regular comic storyline. It never happened, tho' I still would love to iron out the bugs in that storyline and finish one it one day. Characters that sit in your imagination for 26 years gett antsy after a while.

The present comic was a little dumb luck. After doing some commission work for fellow players and wanting to illustrate some funny game scenarios, I made one little character, and after it was done, I dreamed up some friends for her. I figured they all had backstories, so when I thought up those, it was apparent that they all connected, and the story was built, albeit in a backwards sort of way.

I've been sick and haven't followed my schedule lately, but I found out it's really important to keep yourself interested. Taking a brak from my storyline to inject a little silliness has saved me from getting too bored and cause it's based on something I enjoy, I log into the game, chat with folks and sometimes find new ideas to fill the gaps.

My personal experiances are kinda unique to my situation, but I thing the creation point still stands as a viable way to come up with ideas.
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Postby Yoshi » Fri Mar 04, 2005 7:11 pm

The way I come up with ideas for anything: Drink 3 cups of triple expresso coffee and then lay in bed trying to get to sleep. The ideas won't stop.
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Postby Jay » Fri Mar 04, 2005 9:53 pm

Yoshi is very right about that. As for me, though I have never tried writing for webcomics, I have been working on a little fiction and I come up with vague story arcs for existing franchises very quickly, comes in handy for RPs. Like the New KH RP, they were discussing what they should do storylinewise. Then I came in and bam, I said
Me, teh awesome wrote:t could be a completely independant plot from KH. It could be say... several thousand years after Sora managed to save the world and what not, but mysteriously, the heartless started springing up again. Our characters, meeting by chance join up and try to solve this mysterious enemy from which they've only heard in myths. They battle it out until they finally come to the climax and find that... well something plottwisty.


I admit, it needs some work, but I think it's pretty good for ten seconds.
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Postby Spike » Fri Mar 04, 2005 10:58 pm

Yoshimoto wrote:The way I come up with ideas for anything: Drink 3 cups of triple expresso coffee and then lay in bed trying to get to sleep. The ideas won't stop.


HEHE my ideas come without the aid of coffee, but mostly in the same way otherwise ;D
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Re: Comic Story Writing...how do you do it ?

Postby Lord Bale » Fri Mar 04, 2005 11:35 pm

Normally, I just sit back and wait for the idea to hit me, but to get a better reference, I usually go out for a walk to look around for good ideas. HK cartoonist Alphonso Wong does the same thing too: that's why his comics are such a hit in Asia and the West Coast, especially among the comic lovers.
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Postby Kindred » Sat Mar 05, 2005 12:27 am

Ah cool :) I took some of the advice you all have given me, threw it in a blender, and ended up scribbling at least 12 pages worth of stuff. Very much apprechiated :)
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Postby Acktoo » Sat Mar 05, 2005 5:41 pm

I don't like coffee...
Too good for you.
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Postby Alexandrus » Sun Mar 06, 2005 2:55 am

A great Idea would be to start near the end then your character gets a near death scene and remembers about his/her life then afterwards getting the hope to fight after thinking of giving up because of the memories of his/her friends
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Re: Comic Story Writing...how do you do it ?

Postby Nei » Sun Mar 06, 2005 5:01 am

When I first decided to make a comic I just started to draw without thinking.. and stopped somewhere around page 20, out of ideas..
January this year I felt the sudden urge to make another comic, but this time I planned things a little better.
First of all I wrote a script which expanded on the main ideas I had in my head, then I changed and added some parts.
Once I had finished I divided it in 20 parts and started sketching the pages.
Thus far I have 33 pages ready and a few more sketched.
While doing the comic I had ideas for other comics which expanded the first one's story a little and gave it more background, but I haven't started those yet.
I think I'll start releasing my comic when I have 50 pages ready and other 50 sketched (a sketch takes approximately 10 minutes to do, while one page takes almost 1 hour).

If you want to start practicing you can do as someone else here said and write a short comic or you can write a short story and illustrate it (you know, a picture with some text to it, rather than speech balloons).
Currently I'm working on an illustrated story as well, it's going to have less than 20 pages, maybe 15..
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