In comics, page structure IS story structure.
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Comics Workshop Handbook
Page Layout = How we arrange panels & other elements in groups & pages…
RULE#1: Keep It Super-Simple!
Start with the simplest possible page layouts — You can build the most powerful, challenging projects out of the most basic building blocks.
Start with 1-4 panels per page. Draw & write a little larger than you think is necessary.
Test your pages out on readers. Ask them to read your pages aloud, as you listen carefully.
Notice where they read clearly…
= They’re caught up in the story!
Notice where they stumble or falter…
= They’re distracted by the reading!
Experiment with layouts “borrowed” from your favorite artists.
The Splash Page
= Full-page single-panel immersive impact!
Works great as:
- Front cover
- Poster design
- Opening page
- Climactic page
- Scene/setting change
= Dynamic multi-step juxtaposition!
Start w/ the “BIG+SMALLSMALL” approach… Or, flip it on its head to get: “SMALLSMALL+BIG ENDING.”
- BIG top panel = Focus on the story’s SETTING.
- SMALL 2nd panel = Focus on an ACTION performed by a character.
- SMALL 3rd panel = Show the RESULT of that action.
Flipping the S+A+R layout on its head, we get an approach common in manga:
- PANEL 1: Show a detail.
- PANEL 2: Show a different (seemingly unrelated) detail.
- PANEL 3: Reveal how those details relate (or what connects them).
How many different 3-4 panel layouts can you design?
Be sure to test them out on as many readers as possible… Which layouts are the most readable?
Demos for patrons:
Planning a New Page: Primary Sources on the Grid
Tracing fractions frees us up to focus on creative storytelling…
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