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The End

I hope you found this guide useful. I encourage you to share with anyone who you feel would benefit from it.

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Self Distribution

Maybe fulfillment companies aren’t an option for you, or maybe you’re like me and want to, at least once, try to handle the whole distribution process on your own.

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Fulfillment Companies

Fulfillment companies are there to do a lot of the work for you. Storing your comics, packing and shipping them to buyers… all you have to do is send your comics to them and they’ll handle the rest (for a fee of course). Sounds pretty great right?

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Overview

So you’ve printed a whole bunch of copies of your comic (or at least have a plan for printing it). Now it’s finally time to start getting the book into people’s hands!

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Tips For Saving Money

Comic printing can be really expensive and when self publishing it’s important to save money whenever you can. Here are some tips to save some cash without cutting corners in the process.

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Aesthetics

Quality matters. A book that looks and feels good is a lot easier to sell than one made at home with your personal printer. This is subjective of course so I encourage you to put thought into it and choose the option that work best for your story.

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How Many Copies To Print

Comic can be unpredictable. You never know what’s going to be a huge hit and so it’s very hard to determine the exact number of copies you’ll need for your book. Here are some quick tips to help you decide.

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Book Formats And Binding Types

There are three main types of binding methods for comics. Print Ninja has a wonderful description on each and how they work so I’ll just link to those here.

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Overview

Now that your comic is well under way and everyone knows about it, it’s time to start thinking about who’s going to produce it!

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Maintaining Your Audience

So you’ve been putting out quality content for a while and you’ve developed a bit of an audience. Now you’re going to have to focus on keeping those people around.

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Finding Your Target Audience

The marketing side of making a comic is an intimidating step for a lot of creators. The idea of having to sell something you created to a complete stranger still gives me the shivers.

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Font Types

Surprisingly (or maybe not) not only are there different fonts to choose from, there are also quite a few font TYPES to be aware of. As a quick overview:

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Font Websites

Here’s a list of sites where you can get digital fonts from. Make sure to check the licensing before using a font commercially!

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General Tips

Here’s some basic but important technical points that I’ve seen plenty of letterers mess up on:

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Flatting A Page

The role of a comic flatter is to prepare inked pages to be coloured. Essentially it boils down to providing a quick and easy way to colour specific regions of a page.

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Writing A Solicitation

Your solicitation will be your first point of contact with potential collaborators so it’s important to leave a good impression. When in doubt be professional. You never know who’s watching.

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Sorting Out Your Budget

No matter what method you choose, there will almost always be costs that come along with the production of your comic. Make sure to account for these costs BEFORE you start talking with other creators.

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Breaking Scenes Down

Okay so you have your scenes written out, now it’s time to really start building your script by breaking things down into pages and panels.

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Thought Dumping

At this point in your story, you’ll probably have a whole bunch of ideas buzzing through your head (If you don’t, don’t worry, they’ll come). First and most importantly: Write EVERYTHING down. You never know what ideas are going to be useful for your story so it’s always best to just write them all down before you forget them.

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Understand Your Purpose

Have you ever found yourself reading a story that you’re really into, you just keep reading page after page, unable to put it down and then all of a sudden something happens that completely pulls you out if it? It makes you yell “What?!” and not in a good way.

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General Resources

I’ve placed useful links and resources throughout the guide. While I’ve tried to make the guide itself as complete as possible, I thought additional voices would help achieve a more diverse range of opinions.

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About Me

I don’t like self promotion so I’ll make this short but I thought it would be a good idea to be transparent and share a bit about myself.

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My Timeline



Summer 2016 - Trip across BC and Alberta

Hike
Skyline

Summer 2014 - Trip to south-east Asia

ATV
Elephant
Falls
Hong Kong
River
Temple