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So you want to make a comic book?  That is awesome!  Let's make sure it doesn't suck...

A comic book, though dominated by pictures, is more like a language than anything else.  It's communicating a story, information, and/or ideas to somebody else.  In order to communicate clearly there are certain rules that need to be followed so that everyone understands what the story, info, or idea is trying to convey, much like a language.

There is alot of rules to comic book and sequential art composing.  So we're going to do this in two parts.  Part one is the bare bones basics.  Next week will be part two, where we talk about some higher level concepts.  Still the basics, but part two is useless to you unless you understand this part today.  So lets get started.

1. Panel Direction




*side note for those who are unaware:  the word "manga" is the japanese word for comic. It is not an art style.  Though there are artistic styles that are nearly exclusive to japanese comics, the word manga is not the name of that style.  So when you're saying "I'm making a manga" you're not saying "i'm drawing in an eastern or japanese style," you are saying "I'm making comics."  and making your comic read from right to left, when you speak english, does not make it more "authentic," it just makes it confusing.

2. Panel Layout




 

 

 



 

3. Word Balloons




 

So thats the bare bones basics in comics.  If you can nail down these three things, then at the very least you'll have an comic thats clear and easy to read.  Next week we'll talk about pacing, panel sizes, and depicting movement.  If you can nail down that lesson with today's tutorial, then the only thing left to know is the actual drawing part!

Hoped this helped you guys.  If it did leave a comment and let me know!

And remember, we don't make excuses here, we make comics!

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AngieVX Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Student General Artist

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Shono Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
close but not quite english would move over to the right first before moving down (thats why arranging panels like that would be confusing to an english reader). but the japanese one is correct.
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AngieVX Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Student General Artist
I don't know how it can be confusing. I have no idea how you can actually read following red arrows. After all you don't have troubles reading columns in newspaper.
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Pit-of-Darkness Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Student General Artist
very helpful :)
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Shono Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great! Glad I can help!
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Pit-of-Darkness Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Student General Artist
:)
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AngieVX Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Nice, though first is questionable. It's a matter of habit in my opinion. When I look at something positioned as manga I start reading it right to left... and I guess people who read a lot of manga might feel it more natural since all translated Japanese manga is still right-left, it's not mirrored (I have no idea how it is in your country though, maybe it's mirrored).

Anyway when you read a couple of pages in a row, you get used to any direction, even if it's down-up. Also I think it's a good brain-training, and might be good for art... like breaking standards. :XD:

I think it could make a nice scientific research :D
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Shono Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Old manga here in the states was mirrored. But once it became popular, they started preserving the original art and just made it read from right to left.

I understand your point, however, even in manga translated from japanese, there is a mini tutorial in the begining of the book telling you how you need to read the book. This is essential if you're book reads in a different way than your language. And I can't even tell you how many fan manga's or original web manga's i've come across that reads right to left, but is in english, and has no indication on how you should read it. Its confusing, and made me give up on it before i finished the page.

So I'll allow conceed that "breaking standards" is acceptable AS LONG AS its made perfectly clear to the reader how you have to read the book. Otherwise you're doomed to confused readers. You'll probably still have alot of confused readers, but at least you're trying to explain what they're looking at.
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AngieVX Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Student General Artist
I know about mini tutorial, and it's so cute, like a pirate map with treasures. :D

Anyway, I read my first manga online, in English, not mirrored and without tutorial... took me only a couple of minutes to figure out how to read (*note: I didn't read any comic before so reading any comic would take me some time to understand how to do it, English is not my native language and there were no notes about direction at all). So due to my personal experience - it's not such a big trouble (even if there's no description).

What you say is more important for web-design, newspapers a.t.c. because people want to find information that they need quickly. As for reading a comic - it's more concentrated on process and art than result (finding information quickly). Maybe slowing down speed of reading (by opposite direction) is even good for attracting attention to details and art.

Anyway, I think this "map" is a must for ANY comic, no matter if you use normal direction or reversed... because as I said before - when you read a comic for the first time - it's never obvious enough and can cause confusion.

Also when you take manga - you don't actually care if it the author is a native Japanese or not, and you don't really care about original language of the book. So since there is a lot of non-mirrored translated manga, there's mirrored translated manga, there's original English manga - the indication is a must in any case. Because looking at the page you can't say the book's origins.
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Shono Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well you are right, people will be able to figure it out after a while But it shouldn't be people shouldn't have to figure it out. Knowledge of the language dictates how you read the comic. Like that road map you were talking about. In our languages we read from left to right, then we move down, then read left to right again. Japanese is actually top to bottom right to left. So when you see one panel above another you'd read the one below it before you move to the left. (Its hard to explain without a diagram.) But the only reason you know to move down first, is cause thats how the japanese language works.

In the end people can do whatever they want for their comics. But if they want their comic to be accessible to the most number of people, and not just a small percentage that has the patience to figure out how you organized your comic, you want to follow these rules.
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