It's Comical

Welcome to My World!

Hello! You have found your way to my blog, It’s Comical.

As the title suggests, this blog is all about comics books. What inspired me to create this blog is my own interest in comic books, as well as the fact that I have started to write my own. I want to get personal and share with you my journey in writing a comic, along with the journeys of other women in the industry.

Here you will find information tutorials for the different comic creation processes, my reviews of comics created by women, sneak peaks of my own comic developments. What I’m most excited to share with you are interviews I conducted with successful women in the industry who work for companies like Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, etc.¬†You will also get to meet my characters, including the fluffy, yeti-guy you see in my logo and in many of my works.

I hope that this blog can create a community of young writers and artists interested in pursuing a career in comics. I’m focusing on women, because we’re still a small niche in the industry, but I know that that will continue to change as time goes on. Through seeing the successes of other women, many who have made a name for themselves well in the past, I hope that young girls feel empowered to pursue this career path.

Thank you for stopping by! Here’s to the great adventure that lies ahead~


Tools of the Trade

Those who create comic books today are fortunate to have the computers, printers, and advanced technology that weren’t around for the early creators in the 1920s, and up until the 2000s. Technology not only revolutionizes and simplifies the lives of humans, but it expands the possibilities for creating a comic.

I mean, there was a time when color was added to pages for printing by arranging cyan, magenta, and yellow overlays of acetate on an image. And many times, the acetate was created at different strengths by screen printing on the film the dot patterns we know and love. This method, however, severely limited the range of colors artists could use. And of course, there was the method where cyan, magenta, yellow, and black color film separations were shot with a camera, then put together for the larger product process.

Today, comics are made a little differently, although some artists still preserve old techniques.

The general process for which a comic book is made is: scripting, storyboarding, pencilling, inking, coloring, and lettering.

The script is typically made in a computer text program, such as Microsoft Word. The storyboarding and pencilling are simply pencil on paper. The inking is done by hand, which many American comic creators and Japanese mangakas still do.There is a range of technique that comic creators will employ when coloring their comics. You will find many mediums, from colored inks, colored pencils, watercolor, gouache, and acrylic paint.

With the invention of drawing tablets and computer based art programs, many artists will complete the remaining processes, if not all of the processes, digitally.

The best, most widely used software for creating comics includes Clip Studio Paint, Sketchbook Pro, and Photoshop CC.

The best drawing tablets for creating comics are Wacom tablets, specifically the Cintiq, on which an artist draws with a stylus directly on to a touch screen.

While it might be difficult at first to make the switch from drawing on paper to drawing on a tablet, the benefits make it worth it. In the end you will have less material supplies, it takes up less space, and mistakes are very easily corrected with the undo command.

The great thing about the world we live in today, is that there are so many tools available for us to choose from when creating. We can mix and match however we’d like to arrive at a style that we can use to express ourselves and our characters in unique and memorable ways.

Happy creating!