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Old 02-09-2017, 01:30 PM   #2
Comics Commando
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All good points, Steven...I also look at where the story was on page one and where it is on page 22 (or whatever the last page is) there enough story? Does enough happen to justify 22 pages? This relates to pace. If you can distill the story to three sentences, for instance, I think not enough is happening. It's gonna feel too padded. Many comics are part of an overall story arc--but if the part I'm reading tells little story, I get bored.

I also see too many newbies doing what I call "underwriting"---terse dialogue that doesn't explain enough story to acclimate the reader to the main story questions: who, where, how what, when. A balloon here--a balloon there--many skipped panels with no balloons at all. If I can read your comic in under 10 minutes, I'm not getting enough bang for my buck. Look at each page--ask yourself, "What will the reader learn on this page?" Ask yourself if the story moves forward with every scene.

Kurt Hathaway
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