20 things you should know before becoming a comic author

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How many times you’ve found the desire to do something you’d love to do just to discover it involved a great effort? (and even more, than you imagined). Or maybe it has happened to you that you say that you want to make comics but you spend time by drawing only characters, pin-ups or covers. But you never start drawing comic pages.

And you don’t get what you propose because you didn’t know what it was like to do it.

But before making author comics, you should know that it is not easy. You will encounter several surprises and obstacles. In addition to the frequently asked questions on how to draw it? Where to publish it? Where are the readers? You’ll want to know if you can make a living doing it. But I go ahead and tell you that you can. But that is when you follow certain paths, even on the most morbid and marshy road.

We know there are not so many schools that teach us how to become comic authors, (which makes it easier to give up). Books by great masters like Will Eisner or Scott McCloud are essential for this to start making our comics.

How to know if you were born to make comics?

It’s very simple: you only start drawing them, without excuses or regrets. Without thinking too much, or waiting to be taught. Without the hope that there will ever be a workshop to take it and start drawing. A comic is made by the need to express yourself.

If you still do not go into it or have already started, I’ll tell you a little of what it is:

  1. You have to learn grammar and spelling. (I’m not a native English speaker so forgive me for any grammar error). Learning it not only will it help to write your stories and the dialogues of your characters, but to write your tweets and talk with your readers.
  2. Have notions to structure an plot and a script. There is a lot of information about around the net that you can find very useful.
  3. Study sequential art, that is, to know how to tell a story with images. Knowing of direction and photography, because it is similar to a movie.
  4. Knowing how to draw or at least have notions, since even with balls and sticks you can tell a story and succeed. Today we can learn to do almost anything with the help of the internet.
  5. Knowing of lettering, (dialogues, balloons and sound effects). There are some pages like Blambot.com that have free fonts and some articles of interest in English.
  6. Have notions of design for your logo, to make your cover or the cover of your book.
  7. Take advantage of your notepad, so you don’t miss any ideas.
  8. Read not only comics but books, go out and live, (or devour the internet and get all of it to create).
  9. Write daily and do writing exercises to awaken your imagination.
  10. Overcome the white sheet syndrome. I recommend watching the video.
  11. Study business and marketing, how to sell and sell your comic, in this case, your product. You have to take marketing courses to know how to sell yourself because if you want to dedicate yourself to this, you have to do it.
  12. Have contacts or professional social life. The 50% of what this is about making our stories and the other half is to have contacts and attend events to get involved in the entertainment industry.
  13. Be open to criticism and listen to your readers.
  14. Be disciplined, stay motivated and inspired, as I mentioned before the beginner hopes to be inspired to draw, but the professional has the task of being inspired every day at 8:00 am in the morning.
  15. Have a firm conviction of what you want to do, because this will help you overcome any obstacle.
  16. To have a vocation. That high interest that a person feels for performing an activity. If you do not have it, it is possible wanting to become a comic author would not be for you.
  17. Respect your readers. And by this, I mean not cheat on them, or make fun of them with your stories, that only speaks of your selfishness without the intention of offering nothing to others.
  18. Know that you are your company, a brand and that you have to invest in your business. If you don’t like it as a business, you’ll not be able to make a living.
  19. Know how to use social networks to keep you active by showing up every day. You must find the best social network that gives you better results. Today there are many, but we can’t use them all. So experiment and repeat what works and leave what doesn’t.
  20. Observe your motivation and answer the question why do you want to make comics? If you reply to this, it will help you finish what you start.

These are some more things you should know, but apparently, the path of each author may be different.

But to be honest, this is a job like any other, although this is one of the fun ones, and if you enjoy it, that makes up for the hard way.

But do not overwhelm yourself, every great project and every journey begin with the first step. Take into account these points, and I’ll be sure that is what you want to do.

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  • Faustino Sánchez

    Definitivamente, no me dedico a esto. Soy un soñador y me gusta mucho el cine. Tengo un sueño, hacer una novela gráfica; hacer una novela gráfica es para mí lo más cercano a hacer una película. Ya he empezado a escribir mi historia y no me es fácil, procrastino mucho, pues no me dedico a ello. Aun así, disfruto desarrollando la historia, escribo mi imaginación y si, es mucho el trabajo por hacer. Me he dado cuenta de eso. Gracias por compartir sus conocimientos con nosotros. ¡Saludos!

  • Brenda

    Gracias Raúl,
    Me he dado cuenta que la inteligencia espacial es muy importante, el porqué unos dibujan edificios, habitaciones muy detalladas, con muebles, cosas, etc., para mi la creación del entorno es complicado; también la secuancia me falla. Tengo cuatro historias en mente para hacer pero les huyo porque no he querido confrontar que no sé dibujar, he estado haciendo dibujos basándome en artistas anatomistas y he mejorado la figura, pero bueno me falta fluidez en el trazo. A mi hija le gusta mucho tu trabajo y las dos estamos pendientes de tus publicaciones. me llegan a mi correo en inglés, pero no hay problema en eso, aunque no sé como cambiar a que me lleguen en español para que mi hija las pueda leer también. Te mando un saludo y mucha suerte y éxito en tus proyectos.