I’ll be the first one to admit I don’t know a thing about comics, especially the ones on that invention created from tubes. I have a vague idea of how of the business behind it though and I had the joy to give a well received panel about that at ConnectiCon last year. None of that matters for the beginner and here is where this particular scoop comes in handy. Do you remember growing up loving comics but not having a clue how a 15 year old could break into comics? There were a few really good books released such as drawing the Marvel or DC way. Perhaps even one on how to break into comics. Weren’t those great books? Where are the ones for web comics? It’s been more then 10 years and we may have quite a few good how to draw guides but where is the book that gives the whole process from conception to money?
No need to worry for much longer. Yesterday I got a nice little exclusive from two entrepreneurs who are tackling just that. On the tail of announcing leaving web comics drama behind again Scott Kurtz and Kristopher Straub are collaborating on another project to bring us their experiences on how they did it. Just how to write, draw, publish, distribute, syndicate, market, and make a living as a web comic artist. The book will start with the creative process behind the first conception of what makes for a good idea and how to populate it with the appropriate well developed characters. Just how do you draw your strip? Use a simple iconic flat approach such as PvP or a rich 3-D design as Checkerboard and Starslip Crisis.
But that’s just the how to draw part. There’s another section on what it takes to write a comic. Everything from pacing, to keeping the wordage down, to using readable font. I can’t tell you how many comics I come across with beautifully render pages and the opposite ability to tell a story. What about the everything else? Well Scott and Kris are also writing about scheduling and branding. There will be a chapter for not only staying loyal to readers but how to find more and hopefully just as much advice on not giving into your readers and keeping true to your original intentions.
The purpose of this book is not to be the definitive answer to making it as a web comic artist but to give the perspectives of some who did. This means you will not only hear from these two but any number of other artists on exactly what they did for any given chapter. Who will give their hidden secrets for this book? Will it be Tycho and Gabe, Jeph Jacques, John Allison, or perhaps even Derek Kirk Kim? That will be something for you to not only find out but to suggest as both guys are looking to make sure they include everything and would like some input. So don’t be shy and make a comment so we can find ourselves with the best example of a how-to book to show we really growing up.