How to Make a Comic Book

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Making a comic book involves developing story lines from panels, and it begins by setting up the scene, determining the characters and adding dialog. Create a comic book to illustrate a cohesive plot with drawing advice from a professional cartoonist in this free video on illustration and comics.

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Video Transcript

Hey, I'm Bill Connolly, your cartoonist and artist extraordinaire. Have you ever wanted to make a comic book but didn't know how to do it? Basically you set up a scene. You have, it's; it's one panel. Every comic book is made up of stories made up of panels, and you want to set up the balloons first. When I do my comics I always start off with the; let's see, make this in a stadium here and start off with your dialog, and then fit the characters in around the dialog. This guy is saying boo here. Maybe he's a crazy parrot at a, at a football game. You can put in the stands here and then give a mother cheering for her child who's on the other team. She's got her hands up. She might be jumping up and down; that way. See, so you got a basic, basic layout of where the action will be. The finished strip, that's just a layout. The finished strip will look something like this. This is one I've done: Leah Fabrea copyrighted 2009. And it was the same way. What I did was went in, this banner's always the same and then this is actually a strip about my daughter when she was little, she's in her twenties now but I went through and made the dialog first; did all the dialog first and then I knew where I could fit in all of the characters there. That's how it ends up. I'm Bill Connolly, your cartoonist and artist extraordinaire. And that's how to get started on making a comic book. Good luck to you.


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