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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.
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?
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!
Need some reward ideas? Here are 96 of them. - Carol Benovic and Sid Orlando
Prices To Print Your Comic - Digital Webbing forums thread by Renae De Liz
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.
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.
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.
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.
Page Counts For Printing - Print Ninja
File Setup - Print Ninja
Re: A Guide To Reproduction - Ron Rege Jr., Dave Choe, Brian Ralph & Jordan Crane
How to Copyright Your Comic Creations - Victoria McGrath
Barcodes ISBNs UPCs Oh My - Tyler James
How to pitch your comic - 8th Wonder Press
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!
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.
Growing a Social Following from Nothing - Matthew Barby
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.
Roberto Blake - Entrepreneurship, growing a youtube market, branding, reviews of tech gadgets that you might need.
Dynamic Sound Effects - Nate Piekos
This is a point of contention among creators so I decided to break it out into it’s own section.
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:
Here’s a list of sites where you can get digital fonts from. Make sure to check the licensing before using a font commercially!
Standard Black vs Rich Black - Print Ninja
Here’s some basic but important technical points that I’ve seen plenty of letterers mess up on:
Balloon Tales - Collection of tutorials on drawing different types of balloons in Illustrator
Alright enough of the prep work let’s get into the details of the colours.
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.
Color Guide For Offset Printing - Print Ninja
K Michael Russell (videos) - Tons of photoshop colouring tutorials including flatting, layering , brush customization and more
- Tips for a Successful Book Cover (video) - Jenna Moreci
How To Draw For Storyboarding - MASSIVE collection of information about storyboarding. Most apply to drawing in general. Tons of useful knowledge here!
Comic Book Paper - You pick the number of panels in your page and it provides a whole bunch sample page layouts. Really, really cool.
This AMAZING list of useful links for artists - Maddy Haynes
All for One and One for All (Collaboration Agreements in Comics) - Creative Contract Consulting
Okay so you’ve sent out your ad and now the requests are flocking in by the millions. How do you pick the right team?
So now you’ve written up your solicitation, where do you post it?
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.
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.
How Do I Find An Artist - Jim Zub
Million Dollar Titles: Titling Master Class Part 1 of 2 (podcast) - Tyler James
Everything We Know About…Editing! - NaNoWriMo
Writing Dialogue: 10 Tips to Help You (video) - Mark Crilley
How to Format a Script
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.
My “Rules” For Comic Scripting - Cullen Bunn
The Ultimate Guide to World Building - Claire Bradshaw
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.
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.
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.
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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