Telegraphing a joke

Writing a good joke is a balancing act. There are so many ways to upset the delicate harmonies that work together to make something funny. Luckily, there are a few missteps that have recognizable patterns. One of them is telegraphing […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...

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Ellipses

An ellipsis is a punctuation mark comprised of three dots that indicates an intentional omission of a word, sentence, or whole section from a text without altering its original meaning. In comics, however, it’s often used to indicate a pause […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...

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Why do we hate thought balloons?

Comics educator and author Scott McCloud calls them the “bulgy Edsels of comics iconography.” Indeed, cloud-like thought balloons are spurned by most comics artists. Let’s talk about why that is… and whether it’s warranted or not. Too many thought balloons […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...

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ComicLab Ep 137 — How do you do an empathy?

Brad and Dave talk about writing characters from outside your own personal experience. Empathy as a writing tool! Then, a listener says they’re losing interest in their comic — can Dave and Brad help? Questions asked and topics covered… How […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...

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Manga-inspired word balloons (and why they need to stop)

It’s pretty easy to see the influence of manga on comics being produced today. Scrolling through Webtoons, it’s obvious that an entire generation of young comics creators cut their teeth on comics originally made in Japan. In general, that’s tremendous! […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...

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ComicLab Ep 136 — The 8-Pages Rule

This week, Brad and Dave recall a guideline for reader retention from the early days of webcomics that’s a relevant today as it was then — the 8-Pages Rule. Questions asked and topics covered… The return (?) of Gary Larson […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...

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What’s the best size for a webcomic?

Beginning cartoonists often ask what size they should make their comic. Many are looking for “standard” sizes. The answer is a little more complicated than you’d expect — and it means focusing on what’s really important about the comic you’re doing.

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