Pacing out a story for your comics

If you are like me you write your story out like a short story on a piece of paper, then you need to break it down into pages and panels. One of the best ways to do that is to photocopy your paper and then with a highlighter read your story and draw a line where a page ends and other lines where panels end. You may want to use different colour highlighters for this. After you have done that you can now go to drawing the thumbnail drawings to match your timing and check out the pace of your story.

Remember comics are about the art so you may want to develop a script to go along with your story page so that you know what your characters will say. The more work you do ahead of time the better off the finished project will look.

About the Author

Bruce Outridge is an illustrator, cartoonist, and comic artist from Southern Ontario. He is the creator of the Pride Junkie comic series. To view more of his work you can visit the Pride Junkie website at or his main website

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