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What Goes Behind Inks And Panels! A Quick Read On How To Conceptualize A Comic Strip

Haven’t we all spent a part of our formative years, indulging in comic books irrespective of the generation we represent? Be it that Monday-hating, lasagne-loving Garfield, our very own friendly neighborhood Spiderman, Hilarious conquests of Chacha Chaudhary and Sabu, or the Investigator boy Tintin the list literally tends to infinity. Not to forget Manga, which has been an absolute rage. Comic books have always been those getaways from mundane realities of life significantly during our childhood or perhaps even after (Am I right COMIC Buffs!!). And so, naturally, to conceptualize and create a comic strip of their own is the ultimate objective for many.

We all struggle with our insecurities and limitations pretty much every single day but what we find comfort in, is a cognizance that we are not the only ones. I mean it’s not an exaggeration to say that we all have had that Peter Parker moment in our lives where everything seemed to fall apart and all our decisions appeared inconsequential. Not to forget how unworthy Thor considered himself before finding the true purpose of his life, how Tintin always fought for righteousness and truth, and surprisingly Garfield always knew Mondays are the worst.

How to create a comic book

Before all these comic books found their places in the biggest and the most cherished cinema experiences, they were those shiny paperbacks on our study tables, nightstands, or even between our textbooks to get through boring history lectures, they still continue to be. For someone who has always wanted to create a universe of their own, self-publishing opportunities in today’s world have so much to offer. All you need is a creative mind, the ability to illustrate, a basic understanding of any design software, and BOOM! You can create a comic strip of your own. In today’s blog post we will discuss how you can draw your imagination into comic strips of your own.

Ideation

You want to tell a story, but you are confused as to how to begin. Often it comes down to zeroing that one perfect idea to set the tonality for your comic book script. Try thinking of a short story that can cater better to a visual setting and build on top of it. You can always branch your story into numerous plots and characters but it is crucial to stick to the true nature of your comic book.

Following this, work on rough segments of your comic book like opening sequences, major plot points, and the climax so that after being consolidated, they showcase your idea perfectly or close. Next up are your character sketches which are very critical to create a comic strip. It is very important to maintain that coherence between the story and the characters so that there aren’t many gaps in the flow of your comic. Who are they? What do they want? What are their strengths and weaknesses? Where do they start off with their journeys, and where do they end up? What dilemmas do they all face, and overcome?

Last but not least don’t forget to layer your characters with emotional complexities and extraordinary settings to hold the attention of readers. Basically in short let your creativity do the talking. 

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The Outline

Post ideation it is very likely that you obtain a clear picture of how you would want to work on your comic project. If worked in accordance with a proper schematic, your comic book will be an exact replica of your imagination. This section will give you the walkthrough to bring your comic book project to life.

 Make sure to write down the story:

No matter how tempted you are to start sketching and drawing your comic strip, it is rather important to get a stronghold of your story. Trust me when I say this, script writing for comics is of huge significance and is of great help especially in maintaining the continuity of your story. Avoid jumping ahead of yourself and don’t illustrate before you have developed a proper script. Setting, narration, plot, theme, and characters are all prime elements of your story and cannot be taken for granted. 

Don’t skip the research:

Comic book writing or its creation is an art in itself and requires a lot of learning from experienced illustrators and artists. It’s not something you can acquire by reading a whole bunch of comic books. Keep yourself updated with new tips and techniques by reading various blogs and different case studies.

The fun begins:

After all the ideation, research, and background work, it’s time for you to let your characters do the talking. Yes, you got it right! The Comic Art. While illustrating your comic book, keep an eye to maintain a balance between all the aspects of drawing, inking, coloring, and lettering as they are the elements conveying your story.

In a nutshell

Comic books are a medium for us to vicariously live through our favorite characters but you know what would be more wholesome? If we could come up with a world of our own.

The kind of creative freedom you can exercise with your own comic books is limitless. After all, at the end of the day are all storytellers and wish to share our experiences and versions of life and what better than presenting it in a rather intriguing way with visuals of your own? Especially for all the creative heads, don’t overthink and get started. Build on your idea, believe in the process, and the sky is the limit. 

With some insights discussed in today’s blog, you can make your experience even more informative and develop a rather systematic outlook to approach your vision of magnificent comic art. Not to forget the only thing that matters, in the end, is for you to have an amazing time and loads of fun while curating your comic strips. 

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