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Hey there! Welcome to the guide :)

First off I want to say that everything in this guide is simply an expression of my opinion. If you disagree with how I say something should be done, I encourage you to do it your own way. Everyone has their own processes, so when in doubt go with what feels best for you. I just wanted to share what’s worked for me in the hopes of helping you succeed in your comic making adventures.

Secondly, as much as I wish it was, this guide is NOT comprehensive. I’m still constantly updating it with new information that I come across. If you have any additional resources that you find helpful, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll add them in.

Third, and probably most importantly, every tip I specify in the guide has it’s exceptions. Standards exist because they are proven to work in many, but not all cases. When it comes to subjective mediums like comics, there is no rule (that I can think of) which applies 100% of the time. The key is knowing WHEN to break the rules. Many well known creators have built their success off of diverging from the norms but doing something simply for the sake of being different hardly ever works in a creator’s favour. This guide will (hopefully) help you not only learn the rules, but also understand WHY the rules exist. My only warning to you is to make sure you know what purpose a rule serves before you decide to break it.

Lastly, don’t be overwhelmed. I know the guide is long but you don’t have to fully grasp every single aspect of making comics before you actually start. Much of the art of comic making can only be learned by doing. So go out there, make mistakes and have fun!

How The Guide Is Structured

The purpose of this guide is to help walk you through every major step of creating a comic. Each step is broken down into chapters with each chapter being placed in the rough order that you’ll be working. That said, I’d advise you to read into future chapters before you start your comic as some lessons will apply to previous ones.