Saturday, January 10, 2009

Developing Ideas and Characters

The term “Comic Strip” usually brings to mind such favorites as “Garfield”, “Dilbert”, “Blondie”, “Peanuts” and so on, but there are other types of strips that are not comic in structure or story; Adventure, Genre (soap opera), action, advertising, horror, etc.

Seldom, if ever, does a concept for a comic strip come to the writer/artist/creator whole and complete as it appears in print. It goes through changes as characters are developed and relationships are established. Each episode may be self-contained but usually there will be a certain amount of continuity in terms of settings, characters, etc, this gives the artist/writer an opportunity to create an entire universe of relationships among the characters and their environment.

One of the most important things to do, even before laying out your first panel, is to draw your characters every day. Get to know them. After a while they will become as familiar to you as if they were real. Presented here are three forms my single panel cartoon, “Outside the Box” took before it was something I was happy with (each form had its fans but the first person you have to please is yourself, since you will be working with it everyday).

The first was “Great Ducks through History” which garnered for me my first batch of rejection slips. Soon to follow was, “Duck’n Out”, which added many more slips. Last came, “Outside the Box” which received its share, but is currently awaiting an opening in The Frederick News-Post.

The moral to this post is….Do not give up! A rejection slip is not a failure! It is simply one less rung on your ladder to success!

Next; The Grand Life; Developing a character, from conception to delivery.

1 comment:

Dave Stancliff said...

Running the artwork with the text really make it a more attractive read.

Go Ducky!