The research I have done to date on creating and self publishing digital comics (specifically eComics) has led me to put together a Digital Comics Workflow which I have defined here. I will keep this workflow updated to reflect my latest learnings as I stumble along the way.
I’ve been character designing and expanding on my digital comic plot which currently consists of a text file of 455 words. Originally I’d estimated 1 hour for plotting, I’ve spent 6 hours on it already but I reckon I’m about done with the high level plotting now.
One thing that I found really helpful during structuring my plot was Tim Stout’s article on Blake Snyder’s Beat Sheet. I didn’t stick to it religiously but instead used it as a rough guide. Thanks to my mate John for the tip-off 🙂
Like the geek I am, I have updated my digital comic project dashboard with my progress this last week.
I’m still in the early stages of my digital comic project and I’ve already had to lower my sites from making a 30 page comic to a 20 page one. Timescale is the overriding factor here.
Most of the work has been done inside my head so far:
- Idea Brainstorming in my car to and from work.
- Drawing up a Character Design Template.
- Character Design in my car to and from work.
- Plotting in my car to and from work.
I’ve updated my digital comic project dashboard here.
I’m a great one for coming up with ideas but then never finishing them. So I’m throwing down the gauntlet to myself this year *KA-TUK* (that’s what a gauntlet throwdown sounds like) with my so called Project Code: ADC-1.
Note: ADC stands for Artloader Digital Comic – my attempt to sound mysterious (I’m a bit nutty – what can I say? And no – I’ve not been drinking).
In order to give myself a bit of structure as I create my digital comics, I have put together a little Digital Comics Workflow. It’s always good to have a defined process – whether you follow it or not is another matter.
Tonight I’ve just published a page listing the digital comics tools that I’ve stumbled upon. This list covers the whole process from creating digital comics to viewing them and finally selling them online. I aim to keep this updated as I discover more.
Since I’m aiming to create one, I thought I’d get clear in my head what a digital comic is. So I’ve written a definition.
Rest assured I did do a little bit of research so that I didn’t go off on a complete tangent with this but please feel free to agree or disagree.
I’ve just added a Comics section to this website. Some day I hope to have my own digital comics available here but for now I will just be reviewing graphic novels and comics.
I have also included an affiliate link to an online comic book shop: The Forbidden Planet. This was a shop that I used to visit back in my student days so holds fond memories for me.