Comics- Meaning?

Wikipedia says- Comics is a medium used to express ideas by images, often combined with text or other visual information. Comics frequently takes the form of juxtaposed sequences of panels of images.

My personal philosophy is almost the same. As Scott McCoud says in his books, and images bound with text, used to give an information are comics. Every facebook meme, every traffic signal, every DC/Marvel comicbook are in general ,comics. And in this page, I’m going to put some study Material that can help out people to get into this medium. I don’t consider myself as a very good teacher but I hope that this page I’m creating gives some helpful links, knowledge and advice for anybody wanting to understand comics, its power, its use and its business.

According to Scott McCloud, comics are ages old medium. Today, it’s a product. People make memes, sport it out at social media, gain traffic towards site. DC and Marvel comics sell their most hyped superhero fiction through it. And artists like me struggle to gain enough experience to go work for such companies. But what I know for sure is that comics are not just for Superheroes, not just for fun and surely NOT just for personal politics. That’s why I created this site and Life-Time series. To add a little value to a big gas balloon that calls itself comics.

Till now, you must’ve understood, I’m not a very funny comic artist but I do love a few jokes every now and then. About me, I’ve been drawing comics since I was 9. In 7th grade, I got really excited by seeing JimLee’s artwork in the famous Batman: Hush series. I tried to imitate him but he was just too good. After college, I started taking freelance jobs for Indy comics. However the low rates are, I worked my ass off.

I cultivated “Life-Time” to be a series of value since 2011. Finally in late 2015, I finished Life-Time Issue 1: the Big Bang and I’ve been trying on and on from then. There wasn’t any good news or appraisals from anybody tho. But some employers took interest in letting me work on their own titles. So that’s a lesson I learnt- To make comics, you have to show you can make comics.

Life-Time Issue 2 is out

Life-Time Issue 2 is out

But also, you need to stay connected to the world of comics and art. Here are some links for helpful sites that can inspire, enlighten you. I’ll keep updating this list as we go over the years.

  1. Deviantart.com
  2. penciljack forum
  3. Digital Webbing forum
  4. How to Draw comics.net
  5. Scott McCloud
  6. Lots of comic reviews sites. Search them, get more, read more.
  7. Drivthru Comics and various other comics download and buying sites.
  8. Amazon kdp.
  9. Comicbook resources site and forum

Recommended books-

1.Understanding Comics and Making Comics by Scott McCloud

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2. The Complete Guide to self-Publishing comics

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3. Unnatural Talent by Jason Brubaker

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4.The DC Comics Guide to Comics. You can go for the whole series about writing, lettering, coloring, inking. But the most value is in the Writing, Creating, Digitally drawing and Pencilling DC guides. Other titles not so much.

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5. Alan Moore’s Writing for comics– This is more like an internal journey for the writer. Writing is a vast area and Alan Moore, in this 50 page book, has talked about some things that other writers don’t. The mental reality of writing is also a bummer.

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