dwwp-mastering comics

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.

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.

Where to find me at the Angoulême 2013 festival

The Festival International de la Bande Dessinée (FIBD) is breathing hard down our necks—the whole town is being transformed day by day into the banner-strewn tent city I remember from my previous visits. Matt and I have been put to work by many different comics-related institutions in town, and we’ve got a full plate. Here’s what we have […]

¿Qué es una “novela gráfica”? (i.e. ‘What is a ‘graphic novel’?”)

¿Qué es una “novela grafica”?—’What is a ‘graphic novel’?” poster is published in Spanish and distributed to libraries and schools across Colombia.

Mastering Comics: Drawing Words & Writing Pictures continued

Mastering Comics, the sequel to Drawing Words and Writing Pictures, is out and can be purchased directly from us or from your favorite vendor via this link. Mastering Comics weaves together a number of inter-related streams, including: creating and developing stories coloring, both by hand and using the computer expanding your inking palette–incuding digital inking perspective basics: both linear […]

me at MoCCA 2012

Matt and I will have a table (B3) and are running a workshop/discussion on Saturday at 1:15. Come see us! I’ll have printouts from my new scifi epic Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars to show off, new postcards from my Kickstarter, and lots of books for sale.

books and comics

Mastering Comics from First Second Books The second in the Drawing Words & Writing Pictures series, Mastering Comics goes deeper and wider, introducing everything from webcomincs to color, and helps the developing artist get from spark to finished work, in the hands of readers. More about Mastering Comics. Order Mastering Comics.   Drawing Words & […]

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 […]