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    Looking at getting in to writing but need help!

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by solid_sneek, Nov 14, 2013.

    Hi guys new here and relatively new to writing but I wanted to basically create a comic, Now I can draw but not to the extent of a comic book! People keep saying to me "just write it out in the boxes and draw as best you can"(haven't tried this yet). I was thinking of writing a book but having 2-3 pages of images in between similar to a biography! Any help with what to do would be greatly appreciated as I would like to publish!
     
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    Have you checked out some Youtube videos on how to make your own comic book? - there are some pretty cool
    ones. A lot are straight forward and help you even with the story itself discussing conflict and resolution.
    Bruce Blitz has a few good ones.
     
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    then how will you be able to 'create' a comic book?

    and what do you mean by that term?... comic books feature a main character or characters who are featured in an ongoing series of stories, are generally not just stand alone one-offs...

    you'd have to be a professional level illustrator to be able to turn out a marketable book that publishers would be willing to take on... so, drawing 'the best you can' won't help, if that's not publishable quality... the only alternatives i see are:

    1. hire a pro to do the artwork... which will cost a small fortune you'll have little to no chance of ever recouping...
    2. write the text only and hope a comic book publisher will find it worth spending money to have illustrated...

    how is that similar in any way to a 'biography'?... and whose life is it that you'd be writing about?

    i mentor writers of all breeds, so feel free to email me if you want help getting this off the ground... though i have to say that from what you've said here, i haven't a clue what it is that you want to write and publish... and, by 'would like to publish' do you mean self-publish, or to 'get published' by a paying press?

    love and hugs, maia
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    This. I'm hoping to be a comic artist one day but my art skills are way below the necessary degree of quality to actually get it done right now, and I'm not quite ready for art school yet. That's why I'm writing a script and hoping a company like Dark Horse will accept my idea. Dark Horse has some useful guidelines to writing a script, by the way. But most companies won't ask for a completed script for a proposal, just a long summary. The script will come later. Still, I suggest you work on it now. Here's a handy guide to what different publishers will ask for, and which ones will or won't accept writing submissions.
     
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    Okay, so you want to write a comic. Good. At least you know what you want to do. However, you claim that your artistic capabilities are not up to par (that's how i understand what you just said -feel free to correct me if i am wrong). Now, i have actually tried making the odd comic page whenever i have the patience, but hand-drawing everything can be a challenge. I have heard of programs that allow you to make comics much easier than just hand-drawing them all though. However, I would suggest getting at least the first chapter of script down before you start drawing. That way you have everything fleshed out well in your mind.

    And as for the drawing part... practice practice practice. I am the kind of artist who can just look at something and learn how to do it fairly quickly, but i doubt that's your case. My suggestion is to look up other comic (or even manga) styles and try to figure out how your own drawing works when combined with those styles. I actually learned how to draw humans just by doing manga, and then branched off to semi-realism from there!
     
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    Sorry I didn't make it clear guys! New to forums! Basically I want to get in to writing books, novels etc but I love comics! TBH I will only ever self publish but if it took off that's cool also some examples of
    My drawings here!
     

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    so, are you saying that you intend to draw the book yourself and self-publish it?
     

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