What I’ve Been Studying: Understanding Comics

My key takeaways from Scott McCloud’s landmark work

In the months since finishing reading Drawing Words & Writing Pictures, I’ve been making my way through Scott McCloud’s trilogy of books on comics. I started with Understanding Comics, which is the first and probably most popular in the trilogy.

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Terminal Retrospective

Everything I learned making my first comic

Two weeks ago I published my first multi-page comic, Terminal. It took me three months to make it, and I’m proud of what I’ve made. I’ve been reflecting upon the project since finishing it, so I thought I’d share my process and what I learned.

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What I’ve Been Studying: Drawing Words & Writing Pictures

The best resource I’ve found for people wanting to make comics.

In January and February, I spent most of my free time going through the book Drawing Words & Writing Pictures to learn how to make comics. I stumbled across it at the bookstore while looking for books on illustration and comics. I decided to give it a try, and to my pleasant surprise, the book has been fantastic.

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What I’ve Been Working On: Terminal

Sharing the first page and some information about my first multi-page comic.

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Here’s the first page from the comic project that I’ve been working on. It’s called Terminal, and I started it at the beginning of the year. I started with the script and then created the thumbnails. Since then I’ve been working on the full-size pages. It’ll be 9 pages long, and I’ve got 4 of the pages drawn and inked. I’ve begun the process of editing the pages and adding screentone in Clip Studio Paint.

It’s my first multi-page comic, and I’ve truly been enjoying the process of making it. I’ve learned a ton, and I’ll be sure to share that once the project is done. I’m hoping to finish Terminal by the end of March. I’ll upload it here and other places online to read for free once it’s done. I’m interested in printing a few copies for friends and family, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get there!

The Evolution of a Waves Comic

Showing the process from idea to sketch to finished comic.

As I wind down the first run of my weekly comic strip Waves to start working on long-form narrative comics, I thought it would be fun to share the process that a given strip went through. I’ll be showing the steps behind making Personal Pan.

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