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Could you link some books/blogs/stuff where you take inspiration from to build characters and places? Of any kind. (:
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just read comics they ll help ya and watch animes
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I find a lot of inspirational blogs on tumblr. It takes a while to get going, but I currently follow about 112 blogs and have gotten wardrobe/landscape/architectural inspirations from a lot of the things I've been exposed to on the site that I wouldn't otherwise see.

That and, read lots of comics. Movies can also be great visual inspiration (both can present good examples of framing, at the very least), but frankly, if you have even the slightest desire to make a profit off your own comics, investing money in the comic industry is a no-brainer, and something I'd highly support.
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just read comics they ll help ya and watch animes


Gleaning inspiration for your own comics by exclusively reading other comics is a great way to produce awful crap no one will want to read.

I can tell when a comic is inspired only by other comics, because it relies on regurgitated cliches, tropes and plot elements. And It's a turn-off.

I agree that tumblr is a great place to find inspiration. Some of my favorite tumblrs for doing just that:

http://welovepaintings.tumblr.com/
http://elettrogenica.tumblr.com/
http://unnaturalist.tumblr.com/
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http://kitschyliving.tumblr.com/
http://taxidermy-in-art.tumblr.com/
http://dailyfossil.tumblr.com/
http://malformalady.tumblr.com/
http://manglo.tumblr.com/
http://scinerds.tumblr.com/
http://humansofnewyork.tumblr.com/
http://shopoddities.tumblr.com/
http://referencesforartists.tumblr.com/
http://people-photos.tumblr.com/
http://theworldanditspeople.tumblr.com/
http://nilevalleystudies.tumblr.com/
http://fyeahsouthasia.tumblr.com/

Being inspired isn't about deciding which artist to mimic.
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I look at history tumblrs a lot.


Well, I tend to get inspired by documentaries (though some of them really need to be taken with a grain of salt...) and just learning new stuff about anything. They say you should write what you know, so by that logic, trying to know everything should work out?
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I get inspiration from pretty much everywhere. Recently, it's people: either people close to me or from observation with distance. The most extraordinary characters exist in real life, and their daily interactions are fascinating. Every person has their own crazy back story, mannerisms, and goals, and it's a delight to hear them.

As cheesy as it sounds, the best inspiration comes from living and surrounding yourself with the world. The best ideas come naturally and organically, therefore the most you can do is set yourself up when the inspiration does strike. Bring a sketchbook/notebook wherever you go, and don't be afraid to write/draw what's on your mind. But most importantly, don't force inspiration; that's how you get rehashed crap.
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i Your Master
just read comics they ll help ya and watch animes


Gleaning inspiration for your own comics by exclusively reading other comics is a great way to produce awful crap no one will want to read.

I can tell when a comic is inspired only by other comics, because it relies on regurgitated cliches, tropes and plot elements. And It's a turn-off.

I agree that tumblr is a great place to find inspiration. Some of my favorite tumblrs for doing just that:

http://welovepaintings.tumblr.com/
http://elettrogenica.tumblr.com/
http://unnaturalist.tumblr.com/
********/
http://kitschyliving.tumblr.com/
http://taxidermy-in-art.tumblr.com/
http://dailyfossil.tumblr.com/
http://malformalady.tumblr.com/
http://manglo.tumblr.com/
http://scinerds.tumblr.com/
http://humansofnewyork.tumblr.com/
http://shopoddities.tumblr.com/
http://referencesforartists.tumblr.com/
http://people-photos.tumblr.com/
http://theworldanditspeople.tumblr.com/
http://nilevalleystudies.tumblr.com/
http://fyeahsouthasia.tumblr.com/

Being inspired isn't about deciding which artist to mimic.


I agree with you, and wow. Thanks for sharing such a varied collection of blogs, they'll be helpful.
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I get inspiration from pretty much everywhere. Recently, it's people: either people close to me or from observation with distance. The most extraordinary characters exist in real life, and their daily interactions are fascinating. Every person has their own crazy back story, mannerisms, and goals, and it's a delight to hear them.

As cheesy as it sounds, the best inspiration comes from living and surrounding yourself with the world. The best ideas come naturally and organically, therefore the most you can do is set yourself up when the inspiration does strike. Bring a sketchbook/notebook wherever you go, and don't be afraid to write/draw what's on your mind. But most importantly, don't force inspiration; that's how you get rehashed crap.


Sometimes I'm scared of the world surrounding me, so I tend to create my own world, and leave out all the rest.
But this answer motivated me, I will try to interact more and more with reality from now on!
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I get inspiration from pretty much everywhere. Recently, it's people: either people close to me or from observation with distance. The most extraordinary characters exist in real life, and their daily interactions are fascinating. Every person has their own crazy back story, mannerisms, and goals, and it's a delight to hear them.

As cheesy as it sounds, the best inspiration comes from living and surrounding yourself with the world. The best ideas come naturally and organically, therefore the most you can do is set yourself up when the inspiration does strike. Bring a sketchbook/notebook wherever you go, and don't be afraid to write/draw what's on your mind. But most importantly, don't force inspiration; that's how you get rehashed crap.


Sometimes I'm scared of the world surrounding me, so I tend to create my own world, and leave out all the rest.
But this answer motivated me, I will try to interact more and more with reality from now on!
Creating your own worlds is one of the greatest joys of being a storyteller. But you can't make a house without bricks, and you can't make bricks without clay. The world outside is a great source of inspiration and material for your work, and it can come from pretty much anything: books, friends, films, shopping malls, forests, etc. Get your clay from these things, absorb information so you can have the foundations and bricks to make yourself a mansion of stories.

Inspiration is a fickle thing, but expanding your world can make the worlds you create even better. I'm glad my answer motivated you!
Alan Moore, Alan Moore's Writing for Comics

Where ideas actually originate from is seemingly a major preoccupation for most people interested in learning how to write comics and is probably the single question that creative people get asked most often. Unsurprisingly, it's also the question that most often goes unanswered. If forced by threat of torture to give a concise answer, I'd probably say that ideas seem to germinate at a point of cross-fertilization between one's artistic influences and one's own experience. Studying the work of other people will provide useful pointers as to how to formulate an idea, but the initial raw impetus comes from inside the writer or creator themselves, influenced by their opinions, their prejudices, by all the things that have happened to them and by all the elements in their lives that go toward making them the sort of person that they are. There is no substitute for practical experience, and if you want to write about people you ought to put down that comic book and go out and meet some of them rather than studying the way that Stan Lee or Chris Claremont depict people.


I'm a writer, so maybe some of these are catered to writing inspiration. Also, I lost an awful lot of my bookmarks when a thunderstorm came through my window and soaked my last laptop, so I'm a little short-handed.This is some of the stuff I've been looking at or thinking about lately. Maybe they'll be of some help.

Writing
Scripts & Scribes
Comixtribe
Judge Dredd: Sample Script

Art
deviantArt

Coverbrowser

Comic Art Community - Gallery

Miscellaneous
Donnayoung.org - Comic Strip Printables
io9

WarrenEllis.com

MangaTutorials.com
Newsarama Blog

Issendai's Lair

Geeks Are Sexy


Some of the links in my "Miscellaneous" links also serve as writing and art resources, but I'm just trying to keep it a bit tidy. Like I said, I'm a little underhanded.

I also keep tons and tons of notebooks lying around. Possibly a point of interest, I usually use Ampad Project Organizers for keeping track of notes and thoughts and ideas. Lately, I've been using an Ultimate Writing Pad, which has pages college ruled on the front and grid pattern on the back. This makes it easier to keep notes for which diagrams are necessary or handy. I also like grid pattern sheets for lists. This notebook has been really helpful in making thumbnails of panel layouts and in keeping notes on things I'm studying, like Thelema, the Qabala, the Tarot, and other esoteric stuff.

(I'm going to post as is and go back and add in some more stuff as I go.) Might be enough for now.
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Snapple bottle caps~

weird or cool facts can totally spark a plot!
( probably made at least 5 really good plots from Snapple bottles alone lol)
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Snapple bottle caps~

weird or cool facts can totally spark a plot!
( probably made at least 5 really good plots from Snapple bottles alone lol)


What if we have no Snapple juice in my country? razz
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Snapple bottle caps~

weird or cool facts can totally spark a plot!
( probably made at least 5 really good plots from Snapple bottles alone lol)


What if we have no Snapple juice in my country? razz


Snapple.com has a game called Real Facts, which is Memory with bottle caps.
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What if we have no Snapple juice in my country? razz


Snapple.com has a game called Real Facts, which is Memory with bottle caps.


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