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I am inspired to do this Instructable for two reasons: 1) I will be graded on it and 2) I never read anything like this when i started my comic, and though it might be helpful for anyone who feels compelled to write their own. My original thought for this little HOW-TO was 'How To Start a Proper Revolution' (after the themes of my book) however, i though this might attract come unwanted attention, perhaps even my own FBI file. So, i decided on the title you see above and stick to the broader picture of how to start a comic book. I hope you enjoy _
 
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Step 1: Step 1: Come Up With a Good Idea

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any idea can be a good one, but it should meet some of the following criteria:
1) will it last? does this concept have the potential to stand the test of time? Or will it fade into oblivion with pogs and yikes pencils?
ex: Superman = Good Idea (marketable and versatile)
A Day in the Life of a Telemarketer = Bad Idea (makes people feel annoyed)

2) Is it funny? People are more likely to read your book if it makes them smile and/or laugh :)

3) Will this story keep you inspired to write more? if you want to write it, chances are there will be people out there willing to read what you have to say.

4) Does the story have a forseable ending?
side note: As a seller of comics, I will say that story lines that have already been finishes and collected into books sell better than ongoing series with no end in sight. There is something about knowing there is a good ending (or at least a satisfying one) that compels people to go out and get the next book is a series.

Step 2: Step 2: Cast of Characters

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Every good story has characters you can relate to. So, if you want to tell a good story you must create some characters. Remember to have a variety. Antagonists, protagonists and everything in between (aren't we all a little of both? imagine how boring things would be if we all agreed on there boing two sides).

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I am trying to make a comic book company but need help in the art and the writing to see if these stories are any good. I have many ideas for my characters. My Ideas are mostly Super Hero stuff. If any of you are interested in making a company with me or give me tips or advise please e-mail me to qverdin@gmail.com
Moennet2 years ago
Thank you, ma'am. This helps a lot. ^_^
Okapidragon5 years ago
I have to say, I ight consider this, if I could draw faces. As it is, I ca draw everything BUT faces exceptionally well (I just made a tarot deck with a bunch of people that only had noses). I'm just not good at proportioning small faces, so I generally end up with a blotty mess, which is fine for people with darker features, but not so much for, say, anybody else.
Oh, honey, keep trying! I couldn't draw faces... but I had to practice to do what I love... and it dosen't bother me. ^o^
You know im starting a comic baced on Steve The Trooper and the first episode is " Those Supid Mitites!"
mary candy3 years ago
nice draws :)
jtobako5 years ago
Now an instructable on FINISHING a comic would be even more awesome...
tweeder82o5 years ago
nice... but i was hoping for instruction on more of the logistics of everything. how to be efficient, how to draw all the scenes effectively, how to ensure consistency in the characters you draw... etc
actually DC and Marvel each have a book on writing and drawing comics respectively Marvel ha sone on drawing it dc has one on writing Sir alan moore has a book on writing them 2
well books schmooks, instructables format is muct better =)