I just finished another comic making class. I had done one a couple of years ago to freshen up my skills. It was more advanced than this one. This latest one however, was still a lot of fun.
I told myself earlier in the year that I had enough unfinished material that I didn’t have to stare at blank paper looking for a new story to write. So I went into my archives and found this.
This was a story about a man who at 34 finds out there is no Santa Claus. (forgive the spelling) It was supposed to be an ongoing tale about a hopelessly bitter soul who questions everything and believes nothing. One requirement was that it had to be a complete story, so I gave it an ending. (Or have I?)
We started with a set of script worksheets. These were for writing the dialogue, sound effects, brief scenery, and character placement.
Next came the visual thumbnails. This is done before the page is laid out. The important part is to get an overall feel of what the characters are doing, who is doing what, and where they are doing it. I even gave my character a name. He looked like a Melvin to me.
After some suggestions and questions from classmates I made some minor changes.
I got the final piece lettered and inked. Here is the entire comic.
Since this class was actually for beginners it was very rudimentary. I could only use four panels per page and they had to be the same size. But that presented a fun challenge for me. I got good feedback on it.