diy

Using Scrivener to create fictional comics

A huge portion of my writing process doesn’t happen on the comics page, and all that stuff I do in Scrivener.

SP-Xiles 2001

I recently rediscovered the archival webpage of SPXiles—an improvised SPX replacement event in NYC the weekend after 9-11—in my files. I thought I’d re-post it here for nostalgia and for the record. We’d already posted the photos on Flickr (as well as photos of the September 12 planning meeting) a year or so ago, but what the […]

March 4th 2013

diy, events

visual scripting: using InDesign to write scripts native to comics

Learn to write comics directly in page layouts without (necessarily) drawing. Stay attuned to the visual: draft comics in words and design simultaneously.

diy: making minicomics

This is a pretty comprehensive guide on how to put together a minicomic that I last updated in about 2004. A similar, but much more useable guide can also be found in Appendix E of Drawing Words & Writing Pictures, as well as in the last 4 chapters of Mastering Comics (which is an even […]

diy: tracing

diy: tracing A more complete tracing demo is in chapter 8 of DWWP. OK, this may sound totally idiotic; i.e., why should I teach you how to trace? So you can copy other people more easily? No, it’s so you can trace yourself more easily. Sometimes this is an incredibly useful, necessary thing to do. […]

diy: materials

There’s more up-to-date and clear information on materials throughout DWWP. Paper: Page size: Whenever we talk about page size, we’re actually talking about “image area”, which means the part of the page on which you are actually drawing. It doesn’t matter if your paper is the size of a football field, the image area, the […]

diy: a drawing process

the process of drawing comics a la Jessica as of 1998 I’ve noted applicable chapters in DWWP throughout the tutorial below. One other note: in case you care, there’s some naughty language in the panels depicted below. Fair warning. First of all, and I wish I didn’t think I had to say this, this is […]

DIY: the Artbabe guide to making comics

A quick preface: This is a slight re-design of part of my DIY section from Artbabe.com. I’ve transferred all of the informational and tutorial sections from the old Artbabe site here, but please note, I haven’t updated any of it. I developed this material in 1998, way before I’d even thought of trying to write […]

September 26th 2011

diy, dwwp-mastering comics, education