Creating daily comic strips that will be appealing to your readers might seem a little easy. But you have to be methodical and creative in order to be able to deliver a comic strip every day of the week for several consecutive weeks.
In this article, I will give you 5 easy tips to help you create comic strips on a daily basis that will be interesting and original.
In order to create funny and fascinating stories, you first need to build characters that have strong personalities and enough appeal to seduce your audience.
You should be able to know right away how your character will respond to any situation. You need to be your character, to know him better than you do know yourself! Nothing is a secret for you!
His past, what he likes, what he hates... you should know everything about him! But that's not all! This character also needs to be interesting. To be tormented. To have some quests that are related to his dreams and ambitions.
If you are able to build a character that is fascinating and complex (or simple and interesting), then chances are that your readers will want to learn more about him!
Even if your character is interesting to your readers, if he's interacting with losers or placeholders, then you won't be able to develop is full potential!
In daily comic strips, you often have one or two main characters. These characters are surrounded by strong secondary characters (usually around 4 or 5).
And then, you can always include a few occasional characters that will add another dimension to your strip. They usually are stereotype characters (a bully, a teacher, etc..) since you won't have the chance to spend too much time developing their personality.
A comic strip doesn't necessarily end with the last panel. Their stories can be carried over several strips with each strip being a small joke or a turning point to the story.
When doing so, there are more chances that your readers will continue following the destiny of your characters.
We are all a little curious, so by creating a story that doesn't end with the last panel, you are encouraging people to read the next strip of your series. And it's also easier for you to come up with ideas.
Instead of writing a single story for each strip, you are developing an idea through several daily comic strips, making it easier for you to be productive!
All you need to do is find small jokes (or turning points) throughout your adventure and voilà! One idea suddenly becomes the foundation of several strips!
I remember one particular strip series in Calvin and Hobbes. In this series of different strips, Calvin was growing bigger and bigger in each comic strip.
As I recall, in one strip he was growing bigger in his house, then in the city, then in space...etc... The point was that Bill Watterson wanted to see how far he could go.
When would his readers start to react and finally be exasperated by this story that was practically going nowhere. Of course, Calvin and Hobbes was an established daily comic strip series and Watterson could afford to do such an exercise.
But this is something that you can do to. If you wish to see some other examples of experimental comic strips, I suggest you click on the link here to read one of my e-book.
The secret collection is filled with many examples of comic strip that are experimental, but still enjoyable to read.
Being ahead and having some comic strips already finished is a good way to avoid being caught with no material to published.
You won't find yourself stuck with the blank page syndrome on a day you have to create a comic strip no matter what.
Try to have at least 10 to 20 strips aside in case you find yourself left with no inspiration for a couple of days (and it will happen).
Sometimes, I feel more creative and productive and I'm able to create 2, 3 or even several comic strips on a giving day. So if you have a day like this one, take advantage of it. It might not be the case the day after.
So there you have it! 5 simple tips that will help you organize yourself better and make a comic strip series that will be productive and on a daily basis.