- A comic can be made in many ways, and it’s entirely up to you to choose one of them. You can draw it all in digital with a graphic tablet, you can sketch, ink traditionally, then scan and color on the computer, you can do it all traditionally in pencil, all traditionally in colors, with brush, pencils, watercolor, inks, pens, etc etc.
- Before starting anything, going through your story and characters is probably a good advice. You don’t have to know EVERYTHING that happens in the story, heck, I’ve made up GGaR most of the time as things went along, especially in the beginning. But knowing more or less where you’re going with the story is a good thing, so you don’t get caught by surprise with implausible/inconsistent story-line.
- Have fun thinking about your characters. What do they like to do in their free time? How do they interact with each other? What music would they have on their iPod? What do they believe in? What education did they have? You don’t have to answer everything immediately, but having a sense of who you’re writing about is just as important as knowing the plot.
- Draw the characters front to back. Practice, be consistent with their profile, so readers aren’t confused between one or the other.
- Do it.
- Learn along the way. No comic is flawless, no artist is perfect. Learn from your mistakes and get constantly better.
- Sit back and be proud of your work. It’s yours alone, unique to your experience and personality, it deserves your love.
I’ve read a bit of her answers, and they seem very true and encouraging. Previous Anon! If you’d like, I’d recommend asking this person the same exact question you’ve asked me. She’ll know what to answer :)
So you speak German?
gefrierzelle asked you:
So you speak German ? : D
Oh no. I just learned German back in high school, but everyone knows how “good” you are with a language you’ve been taught in school for four years.
Because most of the first chapters need to stay close to the characters so we “get” them, and we’re introduced to what I want everyone to know about them. Roomie stayed at Aggie’s in the first chapter, and we discovered how she saw “love” and how she remained unattached to any lovers. (thus why the chapter is called “Meet Roomie!”)
Next day (and next chapter), after we’re introduced to Roomie and a general explanation of how she is and lives, we meet Lillian. Same thing, there needed to be a close following of both characters and how well (or “unwell”) their relationship kicked off. Then days followed, but quite slowly so Lillian’s -and Roomie’s- changes could be taken one small step at a time. In no way did I want it to be rushed. The characters *had* to take their time in interacting, realizing, and improving.
It is only recently (for the last 2-3 chapters) where relationships are well enough stabalized and given light to, that I can now (finally) skip days, or even months if I want to, without the readers feeling like they missed something important. Trust me, it’s very nice knowing I can now do this, as it gives the creator much more freedom time-wise, and can even play on the fact that events have passed without readers necessarily knowing until a character brings it up.
In conclusion, letting time pass is a good way of giving the characters “increased intimacy” without showing it, as you’ve said, but I couldn’t skip it with Roomie and Lillian. And I don’t think readers would’ve liked that either :)
Next GGaR update: TEN YEARS LATER…
Ah whoops, no I wasn’t asking for clarification or an explanation ^_^ I’m all too happy to discover the story at its own pace. No need for …spoilers… (fat wink à la River Song) [limited space and all]
Oh I know you weren’t :) But I wanted to clarify it nonetheless, for any others who weren’t clear on that.
Another nice interpretation. I should just make a topic in the Roomie forum for this.
Nope, I haven’t.
I agree :)
And I enjoy reading some Marvel, but it’s really not that often.
I know, and I’m super glad people think that, and are at ease with asking me any sorts of questions, I really am.
But I don’t feel like repeating myself anymore when it comes to relationship advice. Like I previously said, I can only offer the “respect and honesty” tip that I use for everyday situation. That’s it.
B-b-b-b-but I’m NOT all-knowing!!!! Aaaaaaaaaah! Stop it! Stop seeking advice when I don’t know your situation, nor how you feel, nor how to ask ANYONE out as I’ve NEVER done so myself!!! D:
(ps: this is not against you, nor anyone else. This is a genuine “really, people, why ask me” question when I’ve tried to be clear about me NOT being an expert in relationships. The BEST I can give to ANYONE is the SAME thing:
Respect and honesty. Because that’s what works best for me in EVERY situation.
But really… I’m not.. I get why you’re asking me, but really..)
(pss: I’d totally be turned on by a cute Tai Chi teacher as well btw. So I can imagine how you feel.
But I just can’t know for you.)
(psss: I love you and good luck)