Your Comic From The Ground Up!


A podcast series chronicling our process of making episodic and long-form comics from initial idea to completed project!

Each episode focuses on one aspect of the creative process, followed by an assignment for you to complete before moving on to the next one.

Let’s make some comics together!


Part 1 – Concepts & Characters
In this first part we concern ourselves with previsualization–starting from scratch. We break our discussion into a section on the theoretical concerns, followed by a section on practical techniques. – Full show notes

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Part 2 – World Building & 1st Thumbnails
This time it’s all about finding the climax and how it reflects the theme of your story, world building, and beginning work on your thumbnails! – Full show notes

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Part 3 – Moment Choices
This time we focus on finalizing our thumbnails, with a special emphasis on dialogue, acting moments, and moment choices. We’re not concerned with illustrative beauty yet–our main focus is on communicating your story visually. – Full show notes

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Part 4 – Editing
Time to put away the Art Mullet and get brutally honest and analytical about what’s working with what you’ve done so far and what is not. – Full show notes

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Part 5 – Penciling & Word Balloons
This time it’s a full-on discussion on deciding what lettering tools to choose, followed by some talk about penciling. – Full show notes

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Part 6 – Inking
Why use ink at all? What do ink lines contribute to a comics narrative, and which tools offer what you need? – Full show notes

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Part 7 – Digitizing, Coloring, and Toning
Will your comic be produced in color or black and white? What are the advantages and disadvantages to either? And how do you digitize your art for computer coloring/toning? – Full show notes

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And there’s more to come! Stay tuned for future installments.

For even more listening on these topics, check out these past episodes!
Art & Story 85 – The Big Visual Narrative

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Art & Story 89 – The Big Visual Narrative II

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Art & Story 90 – The Big Pencil

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Art & Story 74 – The Big Panel Border

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Art & Story 79 – The Big Sound Effect

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Art & Story 95 – The Big Balloon II

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Art & Story 105 – The Big Tone

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Big Art & Story Party Time, Episode 02

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