My Really Long Webcomic GuideMy Really Long Webcomic Guide5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Jenny's Really Long Webcomic Guide
I have been getting quite a few emails and questions about starting up your own webcomic, so I decided to compile all the articles I'd written before into this one comprehensive guide.
This massive wall of text has several sections:
- How to start
- Getting the story started
- Readership & research
- The Internets!
These are my own guidelines, based on my own experiences, and these are my solutions to the problems and issues I have encountered along the way. This is not necessarily the one true way. There are probably many different solutions to any problem. And a bajillion books on this very subject too. But regardless of what I have to say, do what works for you!
So take your bathroom breaks now, because you'll be here for a bit! Sit tight and enjoy my blathering!
Part One: "How do you start a webcomic?" A Short Question... with a big, long, friggin' answer.
Okay, a l
How to start a webcomicMaking a Web Comic Part I: Finding a StoryHow to start a webcomic8 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
The first and most important thing to start a web comic is to have a story. You could be the best artist on the West side of France, but it won't make a difference if your story sucks. People are grabbed first by good art and second by a good story. Art can only go so far; it is the story that will keep your readers reading. One fine example of this is Fox Tails by Fallon Willard. The art is lacking in quality, but the story is fantastic. This first part of "Making a Web Comic" covers the key elements of finding a story.
So, you know you want to do a web comic, but you're lacking in ideas for a story. You have a few different options:
1. Find a writer who already has a story. There are a lot of writers out there with fantastic ideas, but lack the skills to express them in art. The best place to look for these writers is usually in the
Starting a WebcomicHow to Start in WebcomicsStarting a Webcomic4 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
A scientific essay by Rebecca Burg
Hello, dear artist! Are you interested in webcomics? By George, you have come to the right essay! This written material goes through a sort of "checklist" of things you should consider before diving off the deep end!
So, you got this cool story, you like drawing stuff, and you got all the time in the world (not really, but let's pretend you do)! What better way to spend your time than making silly comics for the internet? Now, now, dear artist, let's not get too hasty with this! Here's the first thing you should think about before even lifting a pencil.
NUMBER ONE: DO I REALLY WANT TO DO THIS?
You think, "Boy, what a dumb question! Of course I do, or I wouldn't be reading this! Stop being dumb!" Well, I'll be as dumb as I please, but listen here: webcomics take a lot of work.&
1 Naming Your OCNAMING YOUR OC Basic Information1 Naming Your OC4 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
This is where we cover all the basic information for your OC. Almost all of the information here is the basic stats that should give us a general understanding of your OC
Ah, the start of every character. Before you even start thinking about any other aspect of your character, their name is the first thing you'll want to decide on. They are also the first thing that people will use to judge and evaluate your character. Of course your character has to have a name, unless for some reason and it better be a good one she doesn't. It's very easy to screw up the name, so remember these important points:
Spelling: Some names have multiple kinds of spelling. Do some research to see if a name has many other forms and decide which one you want.
Meaning: A lot of people like to focus on the meaning of their OC's name. FALSE! You do not have to focus on this when naming your character. Many Mary-Sue's have hor
Advanced Writing TutorialWord choiceAdvanced Writing Tutorial8 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
Word choice is imperative and potentially complicated. You want your language to sound in-character (it doesn't matter whether it's limited first-person or omniscient third-person; it still needs character) and intriguing without being confusing or nonsensical. It is good to have a thesaurus and dictionary nearby when deciding on word choice; neither one is more important than the other. It is very important to remember that even though words can be generally synonymous, that doesnt mean they have the same definition. This is where roots usually come into play.
Let's use the word "great" as an example; thats a pretty easy one. Imagine that you're writing a story, just typing along, and you want to substitute the word "great" with something having more intensity. Well, let's just think of a few of the synonyms you could use: magnificent, marvelous, fantastic, fabulous, amazing, awe-inspiring, breath-taking, excellent, wonderful.... The list goes on.
Writing 201: Crowd or Cast?You should know your overall plot by now and I'm sure you have your cast of characters in mind, now it's time to cut your cast in half, yep, seriously, cut it in half as you have too many characters. Yep, that's right, we'll focus today's article on something most people tend to ignore: how big should your cast be?Writing 201: Crowd or Cast?5 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Here's the thing, the more characters you have, the more pages you will need to develop them in a satisfying manner. So, unless you're writing the next 1000+ novel I suggest you keep your cast with the minimum number of characters as possible your plot requires.
Why have two bad guys when one suffices? What's the point in having 50 mutants in a film where only one takes center stage *wink wink looking at you 20th Century Fox*?
I'm sure that when you cooked up a cool story you had about twenty characters in mind, that's perfectly natural, it's just too much fun creating people to populate your world. But there's an inherent danger in keeping such a bloated cast: the character
Ata Interview Transcript.Ata Interview Transcript.3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Interview with Endling
Welcome to ASKtheARTIST. My name is *thefluffyshrimp and today I have the great privilege to interview `Endling, an incredibly talented comic artist and creator of many of your favorite series on deviantART.
Thank you for presenting us with this opportunity to interview you, Endling.
Hey all you folks there in AtAChat! Go ahead and start posting questions now.
Thanks for having me Fluff!
I warn everyone I'm on my second triple espresso coffee of the day. If my answers are incoherent and/or jittery you'll know why. I'M WIRED TO GO.
*RedVenture asks "How did you get started doing art, Endling?"
When I was little, my dad would bring home paper from his job. He worked with computers and stuff and often had tons of it lying around, so I'd make use of it and draw. (With his permission. Occasionally.) After a while he noticed I had a habit of doing this. Usually robot caterpillars. I'm not kidding
Writing 202: What's your Job?Couple of days ago I covered how big should your cast be and today I'll cover their functions within the story. This should be extremely helpful to see which characters should be gone and those that are key to your plot.Writing 202: What's your Job?5 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
One of the best books I read on Character Development was "The Writer's Journey - Mythic Structure for Writers" by Christopher Vogler. He covers classic structuring as well but for me, the highlight in his book is how he maps his plot through his characters.
Basically he divides every single character in seven (7) Archetypes, the most common ones. Sometimes a character can "be" more than one thing but this helps figure out which characters are performing the same function within the story and how they can be combined to form a more complex and enjoyable one.
Vogler says: "The concept of archetypes is an indispensable tool for understanding the purpose or function of characters in a story. If you grasp the function of the archetype
How to make a decent character1. Avoid making fan characters. What's the point of creating if you're piggybacking off someone else's idea?How to make a decent character5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
2. If all your characters look the same or look related, or they all look identical to characters from shows you like, you're doing it wrong. Practice variety in facial proportions, body types, heights, ethnicities, personalities, and ages. The easier it is to recognize a character without relying on their outfit or hairstyle, the better.
3. When basing a character off any culture's mythology, DO YOUR RESEARCH FIRST.
4. If you're going to make a character with any sort of physical/mental disease, DO YOUR RESEARCH FIRST.
5. Making a character original doesn't necessarily mean you need to give them a super detailed, cluttered-up backstory or appearance. Simplicity is a wonderful thing, and the most memorable characters are simple characters.
6. If your character is an outcast, especially in a social environment such as school, DO NOT make them attractive with
100 Themes1. Forgotten footprints100 Themes5 years ago in Stories & Vignettes More Like This
2. I love the you that you hate
3. Only by calling your name did the world have meaning
4. My worries melted in your smile
5. In the fading moonlight
7. Permanent sleep
8. As the hands of the clock overlap
9. Fleeting regrets
10. Ringing silence
11. ...and everything disappears
12. When I close my eyes I can still hear the echos of your voice
13. Stumble, fall, and get back up again
15. Twinkling spirits
16. The lock on my heart
17. Secret doorway
18. One and only
19. In this second
21. Sound of the Siren
23. Blue-stained memories
24. For what is most precious
25. Rainbow in the rain
26. Our promise
27. The forked road
29. Never-ending cycle
31. Twisting truths into fabricated words
32. I etched your initials into my soul
34. The melody of the stars
35. Distorted shadows under the light
36. Last chance
37. Crushed butterfly
38. Unwavering faith
100 Prompt Couples ChallengeThe 100 Prompt Couples Challenge100 Prompt Couples Challenge5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
2. Truth be Told
3. Wait, What?
23. He said, she said
26. You and Me
27. Missing You
34. Got you
39. Over the Moon
42. We Belong
43. Take My Hand
49. Not the First
50. Know Better
51. Stupid, Stupid, Stupid!
54. Let go
59. Come here
61. For You
64. With Child
65. Don't Talk About It
73. Sing to Me
76. Never Alone
78. Panic Attack
Fictional Nation developmentThe following questions are designed to help writers brainstorm ideas for their fictional worlds and/or nations. These questions are geared mostly toward medieval and earlier periods (that is, hunter gatherer societies, horticultural societies, and agricultural societies).Fictional Nation development5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Very often a question might have two or more answers depending on the social class of the person/people. If this occurs circle both and write a note of which classes have what. There will also be questions where more than one answer is correct, so circle all applicable ones. I also encourage you to write in the Other option as much as possible, even if you circled one of the choices.
The name of this fictional country/nation/kingdom is _____________.
Some basic characteristics of societies: (these are not true for all societies)
Circle or write a note by anything that is a characteristic of your society.
They generally use bow and arrow for hunting.
Gather plants, no growi
Writing 203: Nice to Meet YouToday's article is extremely important as it is key for successful character development.Writing 203: Nice to Meet You5 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
KNOW YOUR CHARACTERS INSIDE AND OUT
That's today's lesson. You have to develop all your characters well enough they become real people. Except those with one line only, like Officer #1 or Hot-Dog Dude. Those are walking puppets to populate your world.
But your primary and secondary characters must be well developed, there's no way around it. Their actions must be driven by their personality and back story. Even though most of this information will never see the light of day, it is imperative they exist through your characters' actions.
If you need a character to behave a specific way to drive the plot forward, it must be planted beforehand and be in line with the previously established personality, it can't be out of character.
My process starts with ten questions I fished here and there and a couple of reminders that form my own Character Bio Sheet. I like to answer them in excruciating detail
6 Steps to Creating a Great Antagonist6 Steps to Creating a Great Antagonist6 Steps to Creating a Great Antagonist4 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 3 “Characters” – Section 4 “The Antagonist”
With Links to Supplementary Material
So you now have your Protagonist up and ready to go. The next step is to create a great Antagonist that will help provide a dynamic story. I've talked about specific types of antagonists—Villains and Mons
Paneling tips for mangaPaneling tips for manga11 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Paneling is a part of Graphic design. O_- It's an art in itself, think of how you would do a collage and put together a puzzle, that's how paneling works.
You must understand the basic 2D design element:
movement, center of interest, value contrast, volume, size, perspective.... so on and on....
As for paneling.... there is no set way to do it, whether drawing the picture first, or draw the panel's first, or draw the panels and the pictures back and forth.... it's all upto the artist, as long as the result is satisfying to the artist. Just experiement and find the best way that suits you.
1. Panels must support your content: That's the most important thing.... if one line is going over an important character's head shot, omit that line and let the character stand out~ If one frame is more important than the other, you wish to make it a focus on the page, make that frame larger than the others, sometimes it can even overlap other panels alittle. However, being overly complicated
How to Make a WorldHow to make a worldHow to Make a World4 years ago in Settings More Like This
Table of Contents:
-Part 1: Home Sweet Home: The basics of you world
-Part 2: Into the Garden of Madness: The Human Psyche
INTRODUCTION! read this!
This is meant to be a general guide on how you can make your own planet/world and what patterns it would input onto its denizens. As well as how you can alter your world history as it goes on. PLEASE NOTE! This guide is going under the assumption that you are making an Earth/Human-like planet, if you're going to do something drastically different DON'T BE ALARMED, many pieces of this guide will still apply but just know where your world would differ from the "standard" set.
Remember, when you know the rules, you will also know how to break them. The point of this guide is not to copy the world history of our own lives but to create a new history unique to the setting which you create BASED on the trends our own species has experienced.
PART 1: Home Sweet Home, The Basics of Your World
This part of
Writing Tutorial: Characters"An Amateur-Editor's Note on How to Create and Present a Character That Isn't You" by DailennaWriting Tutorial: Characters4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Since my last tutorial I've been asked several times to make another about something anything and although I wanted to, I've found it hard to hit on a subject that inspires me the way that faulty dialogue did, so many years ago. My last tutorial was written out of pure irritation at stories that misused the one part of a story my eyes flick to when I can't wade through the mire of the rest of it. Yes, I admit, I have a tendency to skim-read, because although descriptions can be beautiful, a lot of the time on the internet, they're not, and you can get a basic idea of the story from what is being said. So I skim. I think that's why dialogue was such a big irritation to me it's the part I paid the most attention to. Since then I've had irritations with grammar that I didn't know exactly how to put into words, with punctuation that I didn't know how to make int
Creating a Well-Developed Original CharacterCreating a Well-developed OCCreating a Well-Developed Original Character4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Hello! Welcome to my guide on the creation of a balanced, believable original character! Whether this is your first time creating a character and you want some advice on where to start, or you need to tweak your character, because you're unsatisfied with it, then you've come to the right place. In this guide you'll find details on the importance of every aspect of an OC, from something seemingly insignificant as the name to the powers of a character.
This guide can be applied to original characters of any fandom or purely of your creation for your own story! If your setting doesn't include some parts, like having abilities, you can simply skip over that section. Likewise, if I'm going into details on some specifics that don't apply to your character, feel free to skip over that as well.
Before I get into breaking down a character, let me first start off by asking you to do one thing. Get the term "Mary Sue" out of your head right now bef
7 Steps to Creating a Great Protagonist7 Steps to Creating a Great Protagonist7 Steps to Creating a Great Protagonist4 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 3 “Characters” – Section 3 “The Protagonist”
With Links to Supplementary Material
So I've talked about a couple types of protagonists, and how to create them: Heroes and Antiheroes. As well as what types of Character to Use or to Avoid. But not every Protagonist will be a hero or antihero. Today, I'm
Writing: A Simple GuideI do not consider myself a fantastic writer; no, on the contrary, I believe I am just a scale above mediocre. However, I do know that some basic rules I try to follow really have helped me improve in my writing skills, so I figured I might as well share them just for the hell of it. Please - keep in mind that these are all my opinions and I am only trying to help others develop better writing techniques and gain more confidence in their abilities. So, without further ado, let's get to it!Writing: A Simple Guide7 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Be consistent with your tenses and point of views.
When writing, the two most frequently used tenses are past and present. As for point of views, they include: first person, second person, and third person. It can be extremely easy to accidently slip in and out and tenses and point of views when writing because one's mind tends to wander and can stop paying close attention. For example, in terms of switching between tenses, take this sentence: I take my pencil and wrote a
Writing Tips: Avoiding Bad WorldbuildingOne of the first mistakes that a writer of speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, or supernatural horror) makes is front-loading every little bit of information of their world that they painstakingly made. One of the last mistakes that a writer of speculative fiction makes is giving stupid details of their world, unknowingly retconing things, and explaining things that don't need explaining because this usually ends their career or irreparably damages a franchise. Today's lesson is about "bad worldbuilding" because the hardest part of actually creating a fictional world is giving too much detail.Writing Tips: Avoiding Bad Worldbuilding6 months ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
This one is going to be different for different types of media. For example, most television shows have a build-as-you-go kind of feel (think Fairly Odd Parents), while a series of novels is usually planned out from the beginning. As an aside, if you're planning out an entire series of novels, make sure that at least the very first one can stand completely on its own to the point where
A Guide to Writing Hetalia Reader-InsertsIntroductionA Guide to Writing Hetalia Reader-Inserts2 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I would like to start off this guide by saying upfront that the only fanbase that I write for is Hetalia. Why do I choose Hetalia, and why do I stick with it? Well, to put it simply, it’s because the main story doesn’t really have a story. Every single character is undoubtedly round. There’s so much to work with in terms of being able to set them in alternate universes (AU’s) because the characters are essentially timeless.
With that out of the way, I should also say that these are my opinions and my opinions alone. If you don’t follow everything according to this guide, that’s not to say that you will burn into a fiery crisp or have your eyes gouged out, but personally, I will judge you. In short, I will think you are either ignorant, misguided, or an attention whore. I’m usually left to assume the latter. This guide isn’t completely dogmatic nor am I trying to be arbitrary as I’m sure I break some of the
Blank Character Sheet (Moving to TheChugsBoson!)Blank Character Sheet (Moving to TheChugsBoson!)3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
!This sheet is not permanent!
If you'd like to see any more updates to this sheet, please add [this deviation] to your favorites instead!
- Book, Chapter
Name: Example: Clark Kent
Appearance: (What does your character look like? Written descriptions are fine. This can sometimes be combined with the Name perameter.) Example: Zeus
Symbol: (What symbol helps identify your character? Family symbols can also count. Again, descriptions are fine.) Example: Uchiha Clan symbol
Pronunciation: (Spelled Pronunciation Legend /
Things Everyone Should Know About WritingThings Everyone Should Know About Writing3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Things That Everyone Should Know About Writing
Points of View
Things you need to be aware of before reading:
If you would like to quickly jump to a topic, press F3 on your keyboard and type in one of the preceding topics you wish to learn about.
I would like to point out that it IS possible for you to view this piece of writing with proper indenting. Just press the ¶ button in the top right corner then read away~
Points of View
Recently it has been brought to my attention that a good number of literary works that are lacking in basic skills and the fundamentals of writing. I believe that everyone, regardless of (a reasonable) age and skill level, should at least be aware the topics we will cover. We will discuss different points and simple ways to improve your overall writing skills.
First we will discuss the different narratives that you may choose to write in: first person, second per