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kdmelrose
01-15-2006, 10:50 AM
The Creation Process

Steven Grant's "Creating Comics" series from Comic Book Resources:
Step 1: The idea (http://www.comicbookresources.com/columns/index.cgi?column=pd&article=2111)
Step 2: What is the story about? (http://www.comicbookresources.com/columns/index.cgi?column=pd&article=2115)
Step 3: Developing characters (http://www.comicbookresources.com/columns/index.cgi?column=pd&article=2119)
Step 4: Plot (http://www.comicbookresources.com/columns/index.cgi?column=pd&article=2129)
Step 4b: More about plot (http://www.comicbookresources.com/columns/index.cgi?column=pd&article=2132)
Step 5: Setting (http://www.comicbookresources.com/columns/index.cgi?column=pd&article=2137#section1)
Step 6: Characterization (http://www.comicbookresources.com/columns/index.cgi?column=pd&article=2140)
Step 7: Dialogue in theory (http://www.comicbookresources.com/columns/index.cgi?column=pd&article=2144)
Step 8: Dialogue in practice (http://www.comicbookresources.com/columns/index.cgi?column=pd&article=2148)
Step 9: Mechanical aspects of writing (http://www.comicbookresources.com/columns/index.cgi?column=pd&article=2160)
Step 10: The pitch (http://www.comicbookresources.com/columns/index.cgi?column=pd&article=2164)

Larry Young on pitching comics (http://www.the-engine.net/forum/index.php?webtag=ENGINE&msg=1867.1)
Creator Services (http://calebmonroe.com/creator-services/): Clearing house of submission guidelines and other resources, compiled by Caleb Monroe

Self-Publishing

Val Staples' Poor Man's Guide to Self-Publishing (http://www.mvcreations.com/articles/publish.html)
Warren Ellis on marketing (http://the-engine.net/forum/index.php?webtag=ENGINE&msg=1750.1)
Grass roots marketing (http://www.the-engine.net/forum/messages.php?webtag=ENGINE&msg=325.1) (Engine discussion)
"Selling It On Street Corners" (http://www.the-engine.net/forum/messages.php?webtag=ENGINE&msg=78.1) (Engine discussion on what works, and what doesn't, when it comes to marketing)

Printers

Brenner Printing (http://www.brennerprinting.com/)
ComiXpress (http://www.comixpress.com/)
Dimestore (http://www.dimestoreproductions.com/Printing/)
Dream Weaver Press (http://www.egoworks.com/dreamweaverpress/main.html)
iComics (http://www.icomics.com/hbps/index.htm) (all-ages only)
Ka-Blam! (http://www.ka-blam.com/index.php?page=Home)
Lulu.com (http://www.lulu.com/)
Morgan Printing (http://www.morganprinting.com/)
Quebecor (http://www.quebecor.com/)

Contract Resources

PDFs of invoices, contracts and more (http://djcoffman.com/storage/contracts-forms.pdf)
Sample collaboration agreement (http://www.hollywoodcomics.com/collab.html)
Drafting work-for-hire agreements (http://www.thefirm.com/articles/copyrights.html)
Graphic Arts Guild Contract Monitor (http://www.gag.org/contracts/contracts.html)
FindLegalForms.com legal forms (http://www.findlegalforms.com/xcart/customer/home.php?partner=google&alphabetical=yes)

Trademark & Copyright

U.S. Copyright Office FAQ (http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/)
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (http://www.uspto.gov/)
10 Myths About Copyright Explained (http://www.templetons.com/brad/copymyths.html)
The Publishing Law Center (http://www.publaw.com/index.html) (includes articles on Protection of Graphic Characters (http://www.publaw.com/graphical.html), Protection of Fictional Characters (http://www.publaw.com/fiction.html), Fair Use (http://www.publaw.com/work.html), and more)
The Copyright Website (http://www.benedict.com/) (includes info on fair use (http://www.benedict.com/Info/Law/FairUse.aspx) and public domain (http://www.benedict.com/Info/Law/PublicDomain.aspx))
The Trademark Blog (http://trademark.blog.us/blog/)
eBay: Marvel intellectual property FAQ (http://cgi3.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewUserPage&userid=marvelcomics-iprights)
How to Determine Public Domain (http://www.bromsun.com/practices/copyright-portfolio-development/flowchart.htm)
Snopes.com on the "Poor Man's Copyright" (http://www.snopes.com/legal/postmark.asp)

Press Releases

Guide to Writing Successful Press Releases (http://www.stetson.edu/~rhansen/prguide.html)
DW thread with press release tips (http://www.digitalwebbing.com/forums/showthread.php?t=79140)

Reference & Research

The Routine Autopsy: A Guide for Screenwriters and Novelists (http://web2.iadfw.net/uthman/Autop.html)
Police Department Badges (http://namtiti.free.fr/encyclopedie/badges%20police%20department/page_01.htm) (photos of various law enforcement badges from throughout the U.S.)
Death: The Last Taboo (http://www.deathonline.net/): All about death, from mourning rituals to morgues to autopsies
SkyscraperPage.com (http://skyscraperpage.com/): Skyscraper diagrams and statistics
Vehicle designs and photos (http://www.3dfinlay.net/g2info/gallery2/main.php)
Aircraft photos (http://www.aircraft.co.za/)
Rifles n Guns (http://www.riflesnguns.com/firearms): good photos of an assortment of modern firearms
Modern Firearms and Ammunition (http://world.guns.ru/main-e.htm)
Muscles tutorial (http://www.gwc.maricopa.edu/class/bio201/muscle/mustut.htm)
Master Muscle List (http://www.meddean.luc.edu/lumen/MedEd/GrossAnatomy/dissector/mml/)
More muscles (http://www.wheelessonline.com/ortho/muscle_index)
Spaceship models (http://www.starshipmodeler.com/tech/othr_ref.htm)

Newest Additions

Paneling, pacing and layout, from Rivkah (Tokyopop's Steady Beat): Part 1 (http://lilrivkah.livejournal.com/168859.html); Part 2 (http://lilrivkah.livejournal.com/169915.html)

Digital comic coloring, by Jim Rauch: Part 1 (http://www.pensnpixels.com/flatting.htm) (flatting); Part 2 (http://www.pensnpixels.com/rendering.htm) (rendering)

Comic Book Conventions (http://www.comicbookconventions.com/): A fairly comprehensive list (http://www.comicbookconventions.com/conventions.htm) of conventions, with links to individual sites

Script-writing terminology (http://www.digitalwebbing.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5495)

Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work (http://badelements.net/22panels.jpg)