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5 Comic Book Truths (that I don't think are true)There are lots of tips, chestnuts, and other pieces of advice that I've heard over the years--tidbits of wisdom passed on from one generation to the next, from professional to professor to prospective student. Some of them are drawing tips, some of them are tricks to dealing with publishers, and some are general guidelines on how to survive in comics. Most of them are useful and true and will stand the test of time, but a few of them have become hackneyed platitudes and have gone unquestioned for too long. Here are 5 that I'm questioning...
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1. READERS WILL ONLY LOOK AT A PANEL FOR 5 SECONDS, SO DON'T SWEAT IT TOO MUCH.
I understand the intention of this bit of wisdom, and I mostly agree with it: drawing great interiors is important, but at the same time, you don't want to get bogged down with small details that most readers won't even notice.
But here's my concern with this: if you treat every panel like it's disposable, then you're less likely to make an impact with reader
So... Watermarks?First off, I seriously like the community feeling here at deviantArt. People have been super encouraging, positive, and quick to be as helpful as possible. Really, I have no complaints. It's just... the watermarks. I can't help it. They annoy me. I understand the need to protect what is rightfully the property of an artist. I can totally see why a professional, who makes a living selling their work, might try to prevent others from stealing it. Really, I need to start at least signing my pieces, and maybe even try tagging them with my name and website. But in my mind the place for that is in an unobtrusive corner, out of the way, so that the intent of the art isn't lost. I mean, do I want people to see my work, or my watermark? What am I, Getty Images? I mean, how likely is someone out there going to snag my sketch of a t-rex with a chainsaw and make a million dollars with it? The whole reason I post here is so that people can see my work, give me some feedback, and maybe get a little
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