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References for the Writer and Comic Book Artist

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 21, 2011, 5:15 PM

I'm pooling together a list of links to FREE, helpful articles and blogs concerning writing, story and character development, and tips for designing comic book pages. While an education in courses dealing specifically with literature or sequential art would be ideal, not everyone is made of money, and sometimes we must sacrifice such things as that-super-cool-class-all-about-writing-your-own-comics.

Part I: The Writing

:bulletblack: The Great Questions
A list of questions that typically hold great weight in the theme of a story.
:bulletwhite: The 12 Archetypal Personalities (as aimed at businesses)
A list of well-recognized personas, now commonly used in advertisement
:bulletblack: Another Take on the 12 Archetypes
This time, with less sales pitches!
:bulletwhite: The 7 Types of Conflict
Something you should be aware of if you plan on writing anything at all ever pretty much.
:bulletblack: The 36 Dramatic Situations
Imagine the 7 conflicts exploded into specific situations and with required character roles.
:bulletwhite: 100 Questions to ask about your Most Important Characters if you Happen to be very Bored and Have a Lot of Time on Your Hands
Warning: If you answer any of these questions in less than a paragraph, you are doing it wrong.

That last one is very optional and also very time consuming, but I've found that the way I'm forced to answer the questions in specific events and stories of their own gives me a marvelous insight into a character. Good if you're completely stumped.

Part II: Comic Book Design

:bulletblack: Panelling, Pacing, and Layout in Comics and Manga
In 3 parts, a fairly effective way to look at paneling--a guide to visual communication with your reader.
:bulletwhite: Comic Book Grammar
Inside and Outside the speech bubble. When do you use Italics? What kinds of speech bubbles are there?
:bulletblack: Hand Lettering a Comic Book Page
Knowing how to hand letter is a great way to gain a better insight on creating more effective lettering designs digitally.

There may be more to come. If I find something particularly helpful, I'll post it!
So, have you come across any really good articles on plot, character development, or sequential design lately?

  • Mood: Eager
  • Listening to: "The Red" - Chevelle
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WastelandWanderer Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I love you for all of this shit. <3
professorPineapple Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
These are all super helpful, Ash! Thanks for posting :heart:
jhames34 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
AshHavynn Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome, thanks! The sadness is, it's very true.
jhames34 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I wouldn't say it's sad at all, more a helpful guide :)
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