mercredi 26 mars 2014

Advice For Science Fiction Comic Book Authors

By Jaclyn Hurley

Comic books and graphic novels are tremendous visual media. It allows people to create detailed worlds that would be very expensive to produce in a television series or for a film. Science fiction as a genre is particularly good for creating iconic images that readers will want to read and reread over and over again. With this advice for science fiction comic book authors you can develop your skills to produce the best stories.

The simplest way to develop your skills is to read and watch plenty of science fiction. This is not just in terms of comic books but also television series, novels, short stories and movies. This will allow you to get an idea of how the genre works and give you an idea of structure.

Broadly speaking comic books tend to be around 22 to 24 pages long. If you intend to produce a graphic novel then you can make it a lot longer. Whether it is a comic book or a graphic novel you should keep the number of panels on each page reasonably consistent. In order to get the best level of detail it should be restricted to around four to six panels per page.

The other thing to think about is the structure of the story you are writing. You need to think about whether you want to produce an ongoing story or a graphic novel. People often get confused by these terms and think graphic novel is a politically correct term for a comic book. In fact a graphic novel is a closed narrative in graphic form whereas a comic book is an open narrative similar to a soap opera.

There is also the issue of research. For example if you want to include a genetic mutation in your story then it helps to do a bit of research to see how genetic research works. However it is important to avoid going into excessive detail as this can often make it harder work for people to read.

A crucial element of this genre is to ask questions and discuss possibilities. Ultimately there ought to be a question or idea at the centre of the story that people will find interesting. One of the easiest ways to do this is to do a spider diagram in order to generate these ideas.

This will mean people do not spend too long reading speech bubbles. Remember the comic book is a visual medium!

In short if you want to write a science fiction comic book you need to be aware of the genre but also how stories are constructed. It is also worth looking online for scripts and sample templates as this will make it easier for you to write. With a sensible approach you will be able to develop your story and make it as interesting and engaging as possible.

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