Introduction: How to Start Your Own Comic Book

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).

Step 3: Step 3: Write Your Script

You should know what your characters need to accomplish in the smaller stories that can eventually create the larger goal of your comic. You need to know who says what and why. Make sure you have a beginning, a middle, and an end so the reader doesn't feel confused or left hanging. However, ending an issue with a jaw dropping cliff hanger is a sure fire way to get people to buy the next issue. This is a fine line to tread because if nothing substantial is accomplished, people will stop caring, on the other hand, nothing but action can get stale if there isn't a larger purpose.

Step 4: Step 4: Lay It Out

This is where we go from 'story' to 'comic'
Write out your script in boxes (if you like, you can be as simple or as creative as you wish).
In my case, i mainly keep it simple to give those less familiar with the medium a chance to take some baby steps. Please keep in mind you can be as crazy as you want to be, but please make it easy enough to read. If looking at the layout of the pages makes people dizzy, they probably won't by your book.

Step 5: Step 5: Start Drawing!

Now, there are some (in fact most) who only write and hand off their script to others who draw this pictures and put the words in the boxes. However, I (as well as many other artists more talented than myself) have chosen to do both. Simple pictures are key. Just draw enough lines to get the point across. Every now and again, for dramatic effect, it is nice to put in a full page picture. It is often a nice change of pace.

Step 6: Step 6: Repeat Steps 1-5

repeat the process until you story is told. If you're anything like me, you'll be surprised how fast you will improve.

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gbruck27 (author)2017-07-16

I am trying to start my own comic book, I have a bunch of ideas, stories, and characters. The only issues is I am an awful artist if anyone wanted to help me out contact me at 440-865-9820 or email me at bruckge@sehs.net

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RebeccaBond (author)2016-07-12

These are great advices!! but it put me in a stand still. Here’s the thing I have a story but I can’t decide between a book or a graphic novel. What would you recommend?

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FandaliaB (author)2015-09-09

well, i have that skill maybe anyone here will be interest to hire me if you liked my drawing style...

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AgapetosM (author)FandaliaB2016-02-20

My comic book launches July 25th, 2016 email us at carlylecollections@gmail.com

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daamir.johns (author)2015-04-07

I have an idea and my characters for a comic but all i need is someone who can draw for me because my skills are a little low at the time. I came up with the story and i know what i need to do. I just need someone who would like to help me draw the characters. If anyone would like to help me full-fill my dreams then pleeeease email me at jdaamir5@gmail.com. Together with the proper help and resources, we could make good money!

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hello what is the story about did you write in the right format send me your story my name is ronald hodges i am a cartoonist my number is4045812785 email me at ronadhodges033@gmail.com you can see my art on deviant art.com skinkmiester any one here who needs me call

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Hey, i have ideas but don't know how to draw them

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Joekmucha (author)2015-12-28

I'm starting a comic for image comics if someone is willing to illustrate for me they get half of the proceeds also I'm starting my own comic publishing company if you think you have a good story bring em on it can be manga, super hero, comedy , mastery etc if it's a good story I will accept it I promise u must require a story, fully inked comic, it must be printed on your own terms we will take a tiny fee of all the money u make. My email is joekmucha@gmail.com

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NeelB1 (author)2015-10-27

Your drawing is not so much good but can you send me some cool superhero ideas and stories

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DancinghufflepuffC (author)2015-09-08

I have an Idea, amd I really want to make it into a comic book but I'm not particularly talented in the drawing area, especially redrawing the same thing... So yeah... I'm going to try ,my best and hope it turns out alright...

My personal comic book/ drawing inspiration is Gerard Way. Who's yours??

Sorry for any spelling errors, I am not used to typing on my laptopXD

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superplayer13 (author)2014-11-01

will make a comix

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Newguyintown (author)2013-06-27

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

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Moennet (author)2012-07-02

Thank you, ma'am. This helps a lot. ^_^

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Okapidragon (author)2009-12-14

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.

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Moennet (author)Okapidragon2012-07-02

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^

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MogwaiOrganization (author)2011-09-13

You know im starting a comic baced on Steve The Trooper and the first episode is " Those Supid Mitites!"

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mary candy (author)2011-03-25

nice draws :)

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jtobako (author)2009-04-15

Now an instructable on FINISHING a comic would be even more awesome...

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tweeder82o (author)2009-04-15

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

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Ward_Nox (author)tweeder82o2009-04-15

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

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tweeder82o (author)Ward_Nox2009-04-15

well books schmooks, instructables format is muct better =)

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