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 _
Step 1: Step 1: Come Up With a Good Idea
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
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).