Comic resources

StorytellingToolsColouring | Inking | Figures | Perspective | ELC resources | Reviewers ShopsRecommended books

Storytelling

Campbell’s Rules of Comprehension by Eddie Campbell – http://www.tcj.com/campbells-rules-of-comprehension/

Tools

Cartoonist Dustin Harbin‘s excellent ‘How *I* Do It: Tools Baby Tools’: http://www.dharbin.com/blog/how-i-do-it-tools-baby-tools/

Drawing tablet recommendations. Wincing at the cost of a Cintiq? Take a look at Frenden’s reviews – http://frenden.com/tagged/review

Free Comic Book Fonts – Blambot

Flatting plug-ins for Photoshop (free for CS3 and CS4) from Bpelt.com – http://www.bpelt.com/psplugins/flatting.html

Colouring

Cartoonist Dustin Harbin‘s excellent ‘How *I* Do It’ process posts on:

Working with a limited palette by Illustrator Richie Pope – http://richiepope.tumblr.com/post/62264060316/using-color-palettes-part-1

Scanning, flatting and colouring process by Marvel artist Paolo Rivera – http://paolorivera.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/comic-book-coloring-part-1-of-3.html

Inking

Inking process by Marvel artist Paolo Rivera – http://paolorivera.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/inking-part-1-of-3.html

And a video tutorial from the same man:

Figures

Anatomy, gestures, composition, colour…tips on just about everything from Dreamworks and Disney artists Griz and Norm –  http://grizandnorm.tumblr.com/tagged/TuesdayTips

Perspective

Short practical advice from comic creator Jake Wyatt – http://jakewyattriot.tumblr.com/post/73573865731/just-curious-on-how-you-approach-composition-and

Reviewers

If you want to get your work reviewed, try emailing editors or writers at some of these websites, magazines and blogs.  Before getting in touch, see if a given website has a submission policy that you should follow.

The Forbidden Planet Blog
Good Comic Books
The Skinny (Scotland)

Shops

If you want to get your comics stocked in shops, the following accept small press work. Bear in mind that the shop will still choose what they want to stock. You can usually expect a shop to take between 20% and 35% of your cover price.

Edinburgh:
Deadhead Comics
Fruitmarket Gallery

London:
Gosh!
Orbital Comics

Manchester:
Good Grief!
Travelling Man

Leeds:
Travelling Man
OK Comics

Nottingham:
Page 45

Brighton:
Dave’s Comics

Recommended Books

Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

Making Comics by Scott McCloud

Successful Drawing by Andrew Loomis

Figure Drawing, For All It’s Worth by Andrew Loomis

Colour and Light by James Gurney

Drawing Scenery: Landscapes and Seascapes by Jack Hamm

 

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