My Advice To Aspiring Comic Creators, Part 2

by Tito W. James

If you’ve read my previous article about comic creation then you should be ready for the next step–writing and drawing the comics!

Start Small

Don’t start with an epic like The Matrix meets Avatar. Write stories you can finish. Stan Lee, Grant Morrison, and Scott Snyder have all written 5-page short stories to start their careers.

This is also important when working as a team. Five-pagers are short enough so that if the project doesn’t work out, you won’t go broke. If you can’t work as a team for 5 pages, you’ll never complete a graphic novel.

Here is an example of a 5-pager with a twist ending.

Work Your Way Up

One comic issue = 22 pages

In my experience, artists could a page a day (weekends off); 1 month = a 22-page comic.

In my experience, writers can write 5 script pages per day. 1 week = a 22- page comic.

That way a four issue miniseries = 1 story arc per month from the writer.

Tito W. James

Tito W. James writes action adventure comics for all ages that juxtapose creepy content with beautiful imagery. He is the mastermind behind CROSSBONE JONES and GANGSTERS VS GATORS. Tito’s goal is to create comics that capture the bombastic fun of old comics with the emotional resonance of new ones. ​