Black holes disguised as white lines; the power of the comic gutter

The comic gutter is quintessentially Lovecraftian in nature: it is the world between worlds, the space between spaces, black holes disguised as white lines that will eventually (like the cosmic horrors that inhabited the world of Yog Sothoth) devour the world of the comic book. But where are it’s worshippers, it’s disciples and followers? Fear not, because as high priest of the church of the gutter, I am here to explore the wonderous and terrifying nature of these enigmatic spaces and convert you all.

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Write to the beat of your own drum – How to pace scenes in a comic

It might not be the most interesting title for a lesson on comic writing, but pacing is one of the subtle arts that is incredibly important but very understated. In this lesson, we will be exploring the nature of “beats”, otherwise known as the unheard rhythm of comics. This is going to be one of the lengthier lessons because of its importance. So read on if you are serious enough about writing comics!

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Piracy and Indie Comics

A tweet went viral in the literary community a few weeks ago. It has since been deleted, but it was from an independent author that said, “Not every book sale benefits the author”. A fierce debate ensued, was she as an author right to complain about second-hand book sales? The debate reminded me that somewhere on the internet, there was a website where you could read my own work for free. So I decided to see if I was affected at all by piracy. The result is in the header image.

If you can see the header image for this article, you will see a few interesting pieces of information. In a way, I am flattered that whoever decided to put this up without permission on a comic sharing site classed it within the “leading lady” genre. But most importantly is the view count. Over 6,300 people have read Daughter of Titan illegally. As I gear up for the Kickstarter regarding issue #2, I find myself exploring the pros and cons of these actions. So read on to join me in examining the moral dilemma that faces indie creators in the face of an ever prevalent movement.

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Guiding the eye through the comic page

As soon as a comic page deviates from a basic panel layout, it risks the possibility of losing the readers eye mid-page. I’ve seen it at every level, from indie webcomics to pages of the big 2.

An alternate panel structure can help a story as much as hinder it. Mastering it takes harmony between writer and artist (if they are not one in the same like in my case). Read on to learn more about the topic.

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A Picture is Worth 1000 words – how to write a comic script that your artist can use Part 2

In the previous part, we dissected the comic script to the base components required for each member of the creative team to extract the relevant information to do their part. There were also some panels and script excerpts from a comic I have worked on to exemplify this. But as I stated in the first part, there is no right way to write a comic script. And to prove it, we will delve into the scripts of some of the industry’s biggest names to see what makes them different and why that works for them. So who are we going to be looking at? Read on to find out!

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“lock the universe behind me when I leave.” – Why the return of Sandman does not fill me with joy.

“When the first living thing existed, I was there waiting. When the last living thing dies, my job will be finished. I’ll put the chairs on the tables, turn out the lights and lock the universe behind me when I leave.” says Death, the elder sister of Dream in regards to the grandest cycle of them all. The very nature of all existence as we can comprehend. But in regards to Gaiman’s highly acclaimed Sandman series, Death should’ve closed up properly long ago.

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Black Panther – Marvel finally do something right

In terms of childhood films, I was at a perfect age to experience several amazing film franchises. I was nine years old when the first film in both the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings series was released, catapulting my imagination into new lands of wonder and amazement. But it was a year earlier when my dad took me to see X-Men, unleashing the world of Marvel on me. So I grew up in tandem with the MCU and it holds a special place in my heart. But the last couple of years that love was on the verge of collapse. Until now.

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Striving in the face of adversity: Daughter of Titan Issue #2

 

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As the halfway point ticks past on the Daughter of Titan #2 kickstarter and the figures point to inevitable failure, I find myself in a dilemma…

Do I abandon it and save all the contacts, promotional posts and avenues of advertising for the next time I try to get it funded, or do I strive on regardless? Although it makes sense to save what you can from a sinking ship, I cannot bring myself to give up on it. A Captain should go down with their ship.

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