9 Key Components to Writing a World Class Comic

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To Write a World Class Comic you must have these 9 Key Components!

Key #1: Know the Ending of your Comic!

Once you have your epiphany on a new idea for your breakthrough Comic, the first thing you need to do is figure out the ending. What "Knowing the Ending of your Comic" does for you is give you direction when writing your story. Let's use an example to better express what I mean. If you are old enough and ever lived up north, then you have driven in the snow before. Think back to a time when you had driven in a really bad snowstorm. If it was anything like your typical snowstorm, then I am sure it went a little like this: strong winds, massive snow, can't see two feet in front of you on the road, so you had to drive slow. Am I right? Rhetorical question. Anyways, the point I am making is you cannot see where you are going. Therefore, you cannot make the necessary adjustments in time like you usually would if you could see the open road. In this analogy, the open road would be "Knowing the End of your Comic". Overall, when you know the ending of your Comic, you have a systematic structure to success, pre-stage of organization, and a foundation. 

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Key #2: Comic Plot Creation!

Next, you need to start thickening out your Comic Plot. The main ingredient to creating and maintaining an interesting Comic Plot is to add a sub-plot twist to the twisty twist big plot. What this means is you have to come up with a plot that lures your  Comic readers into thinking the plot is what they perceive it to be, and then twist it to throw them off, but then reveal that, in actuality, what they thought was the big plot twist was indeed the minor plot to a bigger twisty twist plot. Confusing, I am sure but, if done correctly, very effective. And knowing the ending of your story makes plot creation all the easier because now all you have to do is throw in a bunch of loud but irrelevant people to mask the real culprit. Then, when all is done and over with, the real mastermind appears. 

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Key #3: Creating the Comic World!

Now you must Create a Comic World that matches the tone, style, and atmosphere of your Comic Plot Why? Because it helps take Comic readers to a whole other level of relativity. If you can give them a Comic World that matches what they are feeling, reading, and thinking... It makes their connection to your Comic Book all the more captivating. They'll pick it up and never want to put it down. 

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Key #4: Developing your Main Character(s) Personality!

Try to develop your main character(s) personality to be the very apotheoses of what your Comic world IS NOT! Doing this will ensure that your story is chaotic! And everyone loves chaos. Having the main character whose personality absolutely detests what society calls the norm, is the recipe for a World Class Comic.  

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Key #5: Create your Main Comic Character(s) Design!

This is the fun part but could be challenging if you do not know what you are doing. Create a Comic Book Main Character(s) look that totally reflects the image and personality of your Comic Book Main Character.

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Key #6: Create the Ultimate Support: Comic Support Cast!

Create the Ultimate Comic Support Cast that not only complements the WorldPlot, and your Protagonist but also helps carry the story along nicely. To be able to create the Ultimate Comic Support Cast, you have to first know what the roles of a Support Cast are. There are many roles of an Ultimate Comic Support Cast, which I would be a fool to give you all of them for free. But one main role of an Ultimate Comic Support Cast would be to help the protagonist on his Heroes Journey

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Key #7: Dialogue Mastery!

Having fluid dialogue will make or break your story, simple and plain. Everyone seems to think Dialogue is hard but it isn't. The more you understand how dialogue works the easier it will be to write a comprehensive and realistic dialogue. The first tip to tackling dialogue is knowing who your character is when you are writing his/her dialogue

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Key #8: Efficient Paneling!

Comic Book Artist and Authors just think "paneling is using cool shots". On the contrary, Paneling is an Art and one of the most important parts of storytelling. Paneling is what allows your readers to really feel the mood of your Comic Book when done correctly. Not only that, but paneling tells a story within a story. Bizarre, right? But very much cool. I will start with the most basic parts of paneling to give you a taste. 

Close-up Shot: 

One of the most commonly used shots in Comic Books and Manga but only a selected few know how to use it. Close-up shots can be used for a plethora of things but I will give you one: to draw the attention to a person's smile. Example, if the Mysterious Antagonist says something that sounds sincere to console his friend, you will most likely believe him. But if you used a Close-up shot to show his faint smirk expression, you are left to ponder in the pool of speculation. 

Medium Shot:

Medium Shots are used in all kinds of ways now which is why it lost its value for what it was supposed to be intended for. But for those who do not know, Medium Shots are supposed to be used for conversation. That does not mean a Medium Low-Angle Shot can't be used in conversation either. 

Long Shot:

Long Shot is another commonly used shot in Comic Book Paneling but to no avail done correctly. Long Shots are supposed to be used to establish the surroundings of your story, obviously, but what else? Do you know? If you did I am sure you wouldn't be reading this right now. Here's one example of how to use Long ShotsLong Shots can also be used to tell a significant part of the story. Meaning if your protagonist has a perpetual habit of being stuck in the same situation but in a different scenario, then a Long Shot could help display this without using words. Allow the audience to see the end result of your protagonist's behavior at the right moment will leave clues. Hence, telling a story, within a story. 

How these 3 basic shots can tell so many different stories in so many different ways are astronomical. These 3 Basic Shots I just covered did not even hit the tip of the iceberg on how they can be used in an even more creative way.

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Key #9: Picking a World Class Comic Title!

Last but not least. Picking a World Class Comic Title is essential to selling your Comic Book at a high level. Lets be frank, "Society always judges a book by its cover!" Is the saying. As much as we hate to admit it, everyone judges someone or something by its cover. So if you want to sell in the Comic world then you need to pick a World Class Title. The hard part is knowing how to pick your title. Here's 2 common ways to pick a good title. Use the Main Characters name or pick a title that reflects the moral of the story. Just make sure it's catchy!

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