ComicLab Ep 242 — San Diego Comic Con review

Cartoonist Dave Kellett has returned from Comic-Con International in San Diego, and talks about his first convention since the pandemic began. ON THIS WEEK’S SHOW… Dave Kellett reviews Comic-Con International in San Diego Live show at the Schulz Museum Nov. […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...

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Start planning holiday merchandise — NOW

Merry Christmas — and Happy New Year! Set down the sunblock, and step away from the pool. It’s time to start planning for December and January. I know it’s hard to get into the spirit, but this is the time […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...

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How many panels per page?

A fellow creator once shared that they were told that a comics page should have between 4 and 7 panels per page. Not only is this bad advice, but it removes the focus from where it ought to be.

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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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Manga-inspired word balloons — and why you might want to rethink them...

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 Scrolling through Webtoons, it’s obvious that an entire generation of young comics creators cut their teeth on comics originally made in Japan.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 241 — “My friends won’t buy my comics!”...

Cartoonists Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar give some advice to a cartoonist whose friends want his comics for free. Is this an entitlement issue? It is… but not in the way he thinks. ON THIS WEEK’S SHOW… My friends won’t […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...

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Writing Humor

Writing comedy is a challenge that is made even more daunting in the fact that humor itself is completely subjective and impossible to define. Here’s some thoughts on taking a clever idea and pushing it until it’s actually funny.

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