Category Archives: Tutorial

Making Comics – Story Outlines

A new #ComicsSchool video is up!

This one is about Story Outlines – Should they be detailed or brief? How they work and what to include.

Making Comics – Dialogue Density and Pacing

A new #ComicsSchool video is up!

This one is about Dialogue Density and Pacing – How do you balance text and imagery in comic panels? How much text is too much?

Making Comics – The Power of Short Stories

A new #ComicsSchool video is up!

This one is about The Power of Short Stories – skill development, building relationships with artists, and developing new concepts!

Making Comics – Prose Writers Making Comics

A new #ComicsSchool video is up!

This one is about Prose Writers Making Comics – collaborating with your team and common pitfalls to avoid. Watch and share!

Making Comics – Page Turns and Pacing

In this new tutorial video I cover a couple storytelling techniques unique to comics- page turns and panel size/configuration for dialogue. In my demonstrations I use page artwork by Max Dunbar, Cory Smith, Steven Cummings, and Djibril Morissette-Phan, with coloring by Sebastian Chen, Israel Silva, John Rauch, and K. Michael Russell, and lettering by Neil Uyetake, Travis Lanham, and Marshall Dillon.

Give it a watch and, if you enjoy it and find it useful, please share it as well.

Zub Patreon Q&A #2

I asked my Patreon supporters for their questions about writing comics and working in the industry and then shot this video covering the answers.
Watch and maybe it’ll answer questions you have about the process too:

Making Comics – Dialogue Order and Page Thumbnails

In this new tutorial video I go over one of the most common problems I see with new writers and in new comic artist portfolios – setting up clear dialogue order. In my demonstrations I use page artwork by Cory Smith and Max Dunbar, with lettering by Travis Lanham and Neil Uyetake.

Give it a watch and, if you enjoy it and find it useful, please share it as well.

Zub Patreon Q&A #1

I asked my Patreon supporters for their questions about writing comics and working in the industry and then shot this video covering the answers.
Watch and maybe it’ll answer questions you have about the process too:

If you want to ask me questions I might answer in a future video, join my Patreon! For the price of a coffee you can dig through more than 250 scripts and pitches to learn how comics are made.

Free Writing Seminar for Be Our Heroes Canada

As part of the Be Our Heroes Canada event that ran over the weekend, I did a free comic writing lecture, going through the process I used to develop the story and script for Conan the Barbarian #13. Check it out to get an extensive look at the comic writing process.

NaNoWriMo For Comics?

November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) where many writers kick their creativity into gear and try to write a novel in 30 days.

If you’re a comic writer who wants to join in, since word count doesn’t apply the same way for comics, I recommend a page scripting goal:

90 pages (3 per day) is a mini-series.
120 pages (4 per day) is a graphic novel.

Comic scripting isn’t as codified as a screenplay, but if you want some tips on how comic writing is different from other mediums and a script format I find works well, you can check out these posts here on my site:

Comic Writing Part 1 – Brainstorming
Comic Writing Part 2 – Pacing
Comic Writing Part 3 – Page Planning
Comic Writing Part 4 – Scripting
Comic Writing Part 5 – Dialogue
Comic Writing Part 6 – Action

Having a schedule and clear goal can be a helpful way to get motivated and do that thing you’ve wanted to for some time. It’s a bit of pressure, but the kind you choose to take on to push yourself into a new creative space. Build your skills and grow.

Even if you don’t meet the overall page count, it could help you build momentum and put ideas down that you’ve had floating around for a while.

Personal creative projects can be tough to prioritize in our busy lives. This is a way to build in a schedule and make things happen.
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