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So, my friends and I are planning to do a web comic that we're most likely going to post on Deviant Art. Each comic will be around 3-4 panels, and it'll follow a story line (mostly).

We have our three main characters- still developing, but already have distinct traits.
Our setting is mostly in a school/places you'd see in your daily life.

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Any advice on how to get started? What other elements are needed to make a good web comic?
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As in any other good comic, have well thought out story line, begging, climax and concrete end.
Be sure to make your panels logical and have good pacing. Make sure that word bubbles and illustrations indicate the page flow and make it easier to follow.
Honestly, I've started so many comics and never saw them through for a few reasons.

1) I was thinking characters and not plot. Characters can drive a story forward, but you need to figure out how your story is going to go before you even try to comicize it.

2) Other people. Not just one or two, but get many people involved, or at least supporting you.
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Honestly, I've started so many comics and never saw them through for a few reasons.


Good lord, Cat-theBat, are you me?

Anyways, Animangel, as with any other type of comic, a good web comic must serve one basic purpose: telling a story or a joke, or some other sort of narrative. Even one-panel strips (a la The Far Side) do this, albeit with a single gag joke, and in a single hilarious panel.

Like its parent art form (writing), if the story is not well thought-out and meaningful, or the joke isn't funny, the comic just isn't going to be that appetising. I could create the most beautiful, most gorgeous visual art work in the world, spending thousands upon thousands on visual effects, amazing graphics, and masterful character design...but without meaningful character development, believable characters and plot, and an engaging storyline, my comic will still get horrible reviews, simply because its purpose was not fulfilled.

(Michael Bay, you had better be taking notes.)


Also, if you want to take a look, here's my web comic. Maybe it can give you some ideas.

http://sociallyawkwardfunnies.tumblr.com

(And like Cat-the-Bat, I got sidetracked and haven't updated in like 3 weeks. I will once my tablet gets fixed, though.)

Kudos.
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Good lord, Cat-theBat, are you me?

Yes. Yes I am.
Cat-the-Bat

Yes. Yes I am.


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