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B&N Week 157: Top 10 Things Creators Forget


Not only is it Tuesday, but itís also Christmas Eve! No, Iím not going to do a ďpresentĒ themed B&N this week. Instead, I want to talk about the top things that creators forget to do as they do their thing.

These are in no particular order. Letís get to it, shall we?

10. Creators Forget To Count. Letís face it, folks: thereís a lot of counting going on in comics. Most of the time, creators forget to do some sort of counting, and when that happens, this means their accounting is also suspect.

Aside from forgetting to count the number of words per panel/page, creators forget to take the amount of pages into account. Everyone ďknowsĒ you have twenty-two pages of story to fill, but remember that you have to divide by 4, and the last time I checked, you canít divide four into twenty-two. It just doesnít work. So you need at least two more pages of filler, right? Sure, you could fill it up with story, or you could create backmatter, or you could try to sell ad space. Those are all options.

Another thing that creators forget to count are the number of pages the cover takes up. Remember that the cover takes up four pages: front, inside front, inside rear, and rear. All of that can be filled up as well. At the very least, the front and rear, if not the insides, but if you just leave the insides blank, youíve either run out of money or you donít have as much imagination as you thought you do. Iím willing to bet on the latter.

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