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How Comic Books Are Made

How to make a comic book..

I want to make a comic book that i can eventually print. If anyone has any suggestions on what software i should use or how to make it…any help is welcomed.

There are any number of ways you can make a comic strip, from drawing it entirely with a pen or pencil on folded pieces of paper, to drawing it and then scanning and doing clean-up digitally, or doing the entire thing digitally. You can use any tools to string together sequential images in any way to make a comic. There are no rules, there are no limits.If you’re really interested in making a comic, you should definitely buy or take a trip to the library to take out Scott McCloud’s “Making Comics.” It’s a great book and sequel to his “Understanding Comics” which not only goes over some of the tools and techniques of making comics, but deconstructs the concepts, theories, standards and practices of visual storytelling.Best part is, the book about comics is a comic book itself!http://www.kk.org/cooltools/archives/001441.phpAlso, any Digital imaging suite like Adobe Photoshop can be used to make comics. Some free alternatives are Paint.NET and Gimp or Gimpshop.http://www.getpaint.net/http://www.gimpshop.com/While not as good as the downloadable programs, some good web-based online image editors are SumoPaint, Pheonix, Splashup and e Pixlr.http://www.sumopaint.com/web/http://aviary.com/tools/phoenixh ttp://www.splashup.com/h ttp://www.pixlr.com/ArtWeaver is a free alternative to Corel Painter:http://www.artweaver.de/index.php?en_versionKazu Kibuishi has a step-by-step tutorial on how he makes his webcomic, “Copper,” on this site:http://www.boltcity.com/workshop/copper_tutorial/If you end up working digitally, make sure to work in a resolution that will match or exceed the size and format you’d like to print in.There are also some programs you can use that try to help making comics easier. Manga Studio is a popular choice for black and white comics. However, it’s pretty pricey.There’s also TokyoPop’s Manga Creator:It’s much much cheaper than Manga Studio, and easier to use. The dowside is that it has less features. It’s up to you what you’d want to spring for.http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/tokyopop-manga-creator-2There’s also Comic Book Creator 2, which is fairly cheap. Which usually means, easy to use but low on advanced features:http://www.myplanetwide.com/products/detail/description.html?id=41It’s up to you to find out exactly what these programs can do and decide whether it’s worth paying for that extra functionality.If you’re on a Mac, there’s Comics Life. If you already have an older Mac it should be on your computer already, I think. If it’s not, you can download a demo here (There’s a PC version as well):http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/imaging_3d/comiclife.html

how much old comic books are worth.

my dad has a bunch of old comic books he said if i make money on them i can buy a car! is there like a website that tells me how much there worth or does anybody know of any that are worth alot?Thanks

How did people come up with $1-$100? I hate when people guess at answers. Comics have sold for as much as 1.5 Million dollars for a single issue. I can think of 3 comics that over the last two year that have so over a million dollars. Most comics however are not worth that much money. A lot of things go in to the value of a comic such as age, rarity, popularity, subject and condition. Most of the comics that are commonly found on the market are however not worth a lot of money. It is true that most of the older superhero comics are valuable however most people do not consider comics printed after 1970 to be old. During the 80’s most comics where way over printed and are now considered to be almost worthless. There are a couple of valuable comics from the 70’s like hulk 181 and X-men 94, but most of the comics from the 70’s are still only worth between $5-30 depending assuming they are in really good condition. The further back you go the more valuable comics tend to be. For example most DC and Timely comics printed in the 1930’s and 40’s are going to be worth hundreds if not thousands of dollars even if they are not in mint comdition. These are however valuable because they are rare and most people will not have then unless they were passed down a few generations. In anycase, if you want to know what they are worth you can create a free account at www.comicspriceguide.com/ . Chances are they are not going to be worth a lot but it can be fun checking.

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Where did comic books originate and how are they made.

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http://www.geocities.com/soho/5537/hist…. HistoryComic books are, at least, as old as movies. Their first steps were set in the beginning of XXth Century, in the search of new ways of graphic and visual communication and expression. Usually, comic books are also associated with the prehistoric paintings in caves and Egyptian hieroglyphics, all of them visual narratives of juxtaposed images. The existence of words was not mandatory, but with the adoption of symbols to represent them — letters –, they were soon added to give more information and boost the narrative flow. The improvement of press and printing technology were strong factors to the development of the medium.Among the precursors can be mentioned Swiss Rudolph Töpffer, German Wilhelm Bush, French Georges (“Christophe”) Colomb and brazilian Angelo Agostini, but it is usual to associate the first comic book to Richard Fenton Outcalt’s creation, The Yellow Kid, in 1896. Outcalt essentially synthesized what had been made before him and introduced a new element: the balloon, a space where he wrote what the characters said, and that pointed to their mouth with a kind of tail.The bases for a brand new kind of art were set, and the adventure begun. In the first decades of its life, comic books were essentially humoristic, and this is the explanation for the name they carry to date in English language. Some of those days’ creations can be read until today, and are among the best stories in comic book’s History: Little Nemo in Slumberland (by Winsor McCay), Mutt & Jeff (by Bud Fisher), Popeye (by E. Segar) and Krazy Kat (by George Herriman). However, comic books have other denominations, such as Italian fumetti (smoke, an allusion to the shape of the balloon), French bande dessiné; (drawn strip), Japanese manga and Portuguese história em quadradinhos (story in little squares), much more comprehensive.Stories’ themes were mostly about children and pet’s frolics, and from that age comes the designations kid strips, animal strips, family strips, boy-dog strips, boy-family-dog strips and whatever else could be created. Such designations still apply, even to more intellectualized strips, such as Calvin and Hobbes.The crack of the Stock Market in 1929 was a turning point in comic book’s history, and in the 30’s comic books grew up, starting to picture adventures. Alex Raymond’s Flash Gordon, Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy and Hal Foster’s adaptation of E. R. Borroughs’ Tarzan were those days paradigms, now known as The Golden Age. Three essential types, the science fiction, detective stories and jungle adventures spread their tentacles, respectively based in each of the above stories. While Foster’s Tarzan was a full of action, without balloons adaptation of the book by Borroughs, and Gould’s Dick Tracy was partially inspired by the gang wars of Chicago (where Gould lived), Flash Gordon was a product of total imagination of Raymond, which would give also Secret Agent X-9, Jim of the Jungle (competing with Dick Tracy and Tarzan, respectively) and Rip Kirby. Foster did also a historic masterpiece on comics, Prince Valiant, medieval adventure with academic accuracy. About this time was created the first costumed character, the Phanton, written by Lee Falk and masterly drawn by Ray Moore. Falk is one of the best comic book writers of all time and probably the one that stood more time with the same character — more than 50 years! Falk also created Mandrake the Magician, with pencils by Phil Davis.(About this time there were great comic books in other places besides USA, like France and Belgium, but they were barely known out of their birth countries. Of particular interest is Belgic Hergé’s Tintin, who practically created the clean line style, and had lots of followers (and imitators)).The outcome of this process was that the birth of a typically American comic was born: the super-hero, with Siegel and Shuster’s Superman. Superman is a landmark — for a lot of people his début is the start the Golden Age — in Comic book History, a perfect archetype, the model to lots of characters and one of the most perfect myths of modern ages. Lots of academic studies and dissection works have been made about him along his near 60 years of life. And lots of bucks, too. Both his creators died in the nineties, without a small fraction of this fortune, because they sold the rights of the character in 40’s to DC Comics.The Comics evolved, and spread its arms, becoming part of mass culture. In the period 1940-1945 some four hundred super heroes were created, mostly based in Superman’s model, though only a few survived. Two of them deserve to be highlighted: Batman, created in 1939 by Bob Kane, a darker character (inspired in Da Vinci’s flying machine and Zorro) whose fame would exceed Superman’s in the 80’s, and Captain Marvel, by C.C. Beck, a yon boy that earned magical powers every time he said the magic word Shazam!, an acronym of n

The current series of comic book movies-.

What is your opinion of how hollywood has been producing the comic book turned movies lately? Is it good or bad that some detail is left out of some of them for the purpose of making a big blockbuster?

Being a comic book fan, I have to say is a mixed bag.When your dealing with a comic with a huge history, like X-Men, Batman, Superman, etc…there is no way that every detail can be included.What’s important is keeping the spirit of the comic book intact. I think many of them of late have done a pretty good job of keeping in the spirit of the books.The only recent comic book film that didn’t was Superman Returns. It out right sucked as far as I’m concerned!And I am upset that they have seeming completely changed the plot line of the comic “Wanted” due out soon. I don’t even think I’ll bother seeing it.

How are comic books made.

Does anyone know of the exact process or is it different for everyone? Specifically heres what I wonder about:1-When the artisst draws the scenes, how big is he drawing it? Is it the same size as how you get it when your reading it? Or is it larger and then shrunk down? Know what I mean?2-And if its…

Yes, they shrink down their art. I don’t know how much larger it is. You can find the answer in this book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Creating a Graphic Novel. I recommend it. ^^

How are comic books made.

Does anyone know of the exact process or is it different for everyone? Specifically heres what I wonder about:1-When the artisst draws the scenes, how big is he drawing it? Is it the same size as how you get it when your reading it? Or is it larger and then shrunk down? Know what I mean?2-And if its…

Typically, an artist draws on an 11X17 comic board. The image is then shrunk down to fit on the page. This gives the artist a better ability to draw in details he/she might not have been able to in the smaller format.

How many comic books of spider- man were made.

from beginning to ? also how many were made? which one is more valuable?

Amazing Spiderman, his first series, is well over the 500 mark by now. Totalling all series including Spectacular, Web of, adjectiveless, Astonishing, Peter Parker, Team-Up and limited series, I’d say he’d run around 2000 or so. If we include his guest appearances, I’d say close to 2500.His first appearance was in Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962. Cover art by Jack Kirby, interior art by Steve Ditko, and story by Stan Lee. A good condition issue would probably run in the mid 5-figures at auction.

Firefly/ serenity comic book.

I heard that a firefly comic book was made, how many issues came out?

Yep, there was. ‘Serenity: Those Left Behind’ is a three-issue comic book limited series published by Dark Horse Comics. It is now available as a trade paper back as well, and may be the cheapest, and possibly only way to find it, since it was limited edition release.Over a year ago Dark Horse announced that Whedon was creating another comic series based on the series, continuing the story of the television series. It was to be called ‘Better Days’. It hasn’t been released yet, and may have been cancelled since Whedon went to work with Marvel on the X-men series (and did not do all the great of a job, he should have stuck to his own stories), and the Buffy comic series has began again. Maybe soon it will be released.

How are comic books made.

I’m just wondering about the whole process in general. Like, is the person who thinks of the plot for a comic book the same person who illustrates it? And how are comic books published? Do people submit the idea into a company with a rough script of the concept? I just want to know how it gets converted from…

you can amke your own if you want but mostly you have to be hired by a comic book company to work for themthere are writer/artists that both write and drawbut mostly a penciller works from the script the writer gives them then it gets inked then the letterer more than likley uses a computer program now to write in the captions then a colorists uses a computer to color it then it gets sent off to the publisher who prints it up and then sends it off to the distributorbig companies like marvela nd dc dont accept outside scripts but smaller publishers might or you can self publish it your self

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34 thoughts on “How Comic Books Are Made

  1. Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker was an AWESOME movie with a good script, great story, and it even explains what happens to one of the Robins.

  2. And the older ones.

  3. By and large, I think that Hollywood has been treating comic book adaptions fairly well, (with the occasional exception of the “FF”, and “Daredevil”), “Batman Begins” and “Spider-man” and “X-Men” are VERY good examples of how Hollywood has treated the genre with respect. I’m looking forward to seeing how the new movies that are coming out. Judging from the trailers online, “Iron Man”, “The Incredible Hulk”, and “The Dark Knight” should totally ROCK!

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  5. Now, on the positive side, 300 was okay, Sin City was good, V for Vendetta was better than I thought it was gonna be, X-Men 1 & 2 I gave A LOT of slack even with all their problems.

  6. Animated movies are WAY better than the live action stuff.

  7. Condition is very important – coiuld be the difference between a $1 book and a $100 book. Use http://www.e-bigs.net/freetool.php to determine condition.

  8. I think w/ the internet the way it is nowadays it’s hard to keep the details secret…I don’t believe this is a deciding factor in a movie being a blockbuster or not. Depending on the characters these films are blockbusters before the script is even typed…that is if done right. This summer I believe we are going to see a few blockbusters, and only because hollywood seem to have used it’s head this time around and involve actors, directors, producers and screenwriters that have a genuine repsect, understanding, and most important….knowledge of these comicbook characters…some of them even love them.The most valuable are the oldest ones. Spider-man first appeared in 1962.Let’s hope Iron Man doesn’t suck.

  9. But I like the movie and even if I cant follow them my husband helps so it’s somethin that we can do together!

  10. It depends on the kind of comic book is a popular tittle, and how good the quality of the comic book is.

  11. Now.

  12. Having grown up with many of the comic book characters, I think it is fun.

  13. I absolutely can NOT stand most of the live action super hero movies because most of them suck major c0ck and balls.

  14. can range from a dollar to 1 hundred, it depends

  15. What do you mean “made?” They are still in print. Spider-Man has several ongoing comic series and mini-series. I suggest you check out his article on Wikipedia and Marvel.com if you want to know more. A good website to go to as far as comic sales go is http://www.milehighcomics.com . Have fun.

  16. I didn’t follow the comic books. I would watch some of the tv series that were based on comic’s!Very very few are actually watcheable – Superman the Motion Picture with the late Christopher Reeves, Batman Begins was closer to how Batman is supposed to be, but still not quite there.

  17. Condition is vital! If they are all bagged and boarded, you stand a chance of making some cash. If not, then the title, volume and issue will dictate what you can make. Best bet would be to invest in an Overstreet price guide, determine exactly what book you have, grade it as best you can and go through ebay for any good ones. Rule of thumb at a comic store, buy at Overstreet price, sell at Wizard price. You will not get much going that route.

  18. Alot.

  19. I’m not sure details are left out to make them into blockbusters. I think details are omitted, changed and merged to facilitate the storytelling mechanisms of a mixed (comic geeks and the not-so socially awkward) audience.Justice League Unlimited the cartoon series was better in one 20 minute episode than most of the 2 hour live action super hero movies can ever hope to be. And JLU had almost an entire season that was really good.

  20. And do I even need to go into how atrocious these movies were:Even though some details are being left out (sometimes important details), i think that the producers should be forgiven for the simple fact that seeing spider-man, batman, iron man, among others, on the big screen is amazing.

  21. It doesn’t matter so much on a genre scale. It’s a film-by-film thing. Some work (Spider-man 1&2), others don’t (Spider-man 3, Catwoman, The Hulk). It’s all up to the decisions made and whether they work or not. It’s like songs. Either the music works for you or it don’t, but arguing genre precedence is purely geek-masturbation.It’s a fine line between effective storytelling in a 100 minute film and making it appeal to the die-hard fans.

  22. Good luck!As far as how many comics he has had? Who knows. He not only has had numerous titles based on his character, but he has guest starred many times in other Marvel Comics as well like The Hulk, Punisher, New Avengers, etc.

  23. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm was really good. Batman the Animated series, the Emmy award winning one and NOT that stupid Kids WB version had really good episodes that far surpass many of the live action stuff. Follywood lifted the whole Mr. Freeze storyline straight from Batman TAS and screwed it up. WTF?

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  25. Catwoman, Elektra, the Hulk, Constantine, Daredevil, Captain America, the Punisher, Transformers, Superman Returns, and BOTH Fantastic Four movies. YIKES!

  26. The Incredibles was better than I thought it was gonna be, and most of these live action movies should follow their excellent example and other movies this way.

  27. If these books are from the 60’s, you could be looking at some good money. Later than that, not so much.

  28. My opinion on hollywood producing future comicbook movies?…..I’m somewhat pessimistic. I think after this summer there is going to be this rush to put out movies just for the quick $$ and there will be no regard for quality….I hope I’m wrong but that’s what I think will happen.

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  30. From usually free to at most 5 dollars. Any more than 5 bucks is not old

  31. The X-Men movies were okay until that god-awful X3 by that idiot director of those horrible Rush Hour movies.

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