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.

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