What I learned while making this comic
- Don't script yourself into a corner artistically. I had plotted this comic out to be a conversation between two people, in the same location, for 8 or 9 pages. Eventually I reduced it to 7. Reading a comic for 7 pages like this, is fun, but drawing the same two people in one location, simply talking, for that many pages, can be rather dull. So I won't do it that way again. I plan to shake up the locations better in the future. The same jokes and basic story could have been told in multiple locations, if I planned it more thoroughly before staring.
- I also learned that using "stat" panels is totally okay, and not "cheap" at all. A "stat" panel is a duplicated panel. Panels 2 and 3 on page 7 are stat panels. Panel 2 was an altered duplicate of panel 4 on page 2, and panel 3 was an altered duplicate of panel 1 on page 3. To keep things in the same style, rather than drawing new expressions on the computer, I copied mouths etc. from other panels to alter these panels. Comment below and let me know if you noticed these were duplicate panels or not, before you read this part of the post!
- I also re-learned how helpful references are! I had pictures from another comic book, that I used as references to draw the theatre background. I didn't outright copy it (don't plagiarize folks!) but I used it as a helpful guide.
- And the last but not least, I learned that adding subtle background details can be fun. If you didn't notice it the first time, go back and zoom in with your computer on page 5, and observe how McBeanie the Penguin's expressions transition into alarm, as he comes each step closer to the garbage can. Also, as another fun detail, both of the movie posters outside the theatre, are inside references to previous comic series I used to draw!
- I hope you enjoyed this comic! :) Lord willing, I'll have more to come.