1-Sheet Mini-Comics (Format)

The “1-Sheet” format creates an 8-page book out of a single sheet of paper, simply by folding & cutting.

TOOLS: Paper (any size), pencil, scissors.

SAMPLE 1-SHEET MINIS:
Woogums Goes for a Walk
How to Make This Mini
1 Monster
Lone Loon & Friends
Playground Pileup


SET UP A BLANK BOOK:

“Set Up a Blank (1-Sheet) Mini-Comic”

Folding Directions: Here’s the basic 1-sheet folding pattern I teach in workshops. Don’t get frustrated if your first few tries don’t quite work… It took me 10-12 tries before I figured it out! [Hi-Res PRINTABLE @ Patreon]

(1-4) Line up those half-folds as carefully as you can.

(7) Cut just a little bit past the half-way fold…
(8-11) See this move on the video! >>

Folding Guide Demo:

This quick video shows 3 pages sizes:
– 8.5″x11″
– legal (8.5″x14″)
– 11″x17″

THE 1-SHEET TEMPLATE:


DRAW YOUR STORY:

Drawing a 1-Sheet Mini-Comic: “Woogums Goes for a Walk”

Here’s what it looks like when I’m drawing a new story, from blank paper to completed P*I.E. process!

[“Woogums” Printables @ Patreon]


FOLD & SHARE MULTIPLE COPIES!:

How to Fold a PRINTED (COPIED) 1-Sheet Mini

When I fold books from drawn copies (or even blank templates, with the pages already numbered), I use a slightly different folding pattern. Keep your eye on that Outside Front Cover, & watch your book coming together!


FORMAT NOTES:

PRO:
+ No stapling required!
+ Draw directly into the book format
+ Reads as a book, with no copying/shrinking require!

CON:
– Uses only 1 side of the sheet (so final page size is small).
– Folding can be tricky for younger artists (but still really fun to see the book come together!)

CREDITS: Thanks to Eben Burgoon for turning me on to the 1-sheet format @ SIBF-2019! Thanks to Nomi Kane + Beth Hetland for first introducing me to their (slightly different) “One-Sheet Workshop” format!

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