Getting Into Comics Will Start Your Journey To Fun and Creativity and Intelligence?


comic 3It’s a great time to be getting into comics, because the days of looking down on comic geeks is coming to an end. It’s time to be getting into intelligent comics. Spurred on by the success of Marvel’s and DC’s movie properties, comic characters have taken the mainstream. Add to that the success of video games for consoles, the internet, and Facebook–the world is ripe for the new creators with new talents, and new stories to share. Who’s going to give it to them? I hope it’s you!

You can enter the comic world as a reader or as a creator. It has never been easier to be creating comics. There are a lot of sites that will let you create your own comics with click art. You can try to be an intelligent master creating comics techniques from so many masters of the past. You can even be creating comics art for the digital world for today’s comics with the many free graphics programs to use online creating comics. Reading intelligent comics has never been easier thanks to web comics, the ipad, and acceptance from schools and libraries to carry more of these “not so long ago taboo reading materials.”

An Approach to Sell Comics

Creators can sell comics as the usual 24 pages book or as a graphic novel 60 to 200 plus pages. When one wants to sell comics as the 24 page book, the comic book would have to come as a series of separate issues. In this way it may be cheaper to produce. You can have a series with 5 issues that come out in different periods of the year. The revenue made from issue #1 can be used to cover the expenses for issue #2. In my opinion this is probably the best way for inexperienced comic book creators to start.
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However, if a creator thinks that making a graphic novel is more convenient for him/her to start with, you can go for it under two conditions. You have the funds and a marketing plan. I say this because the marketing is the most strenuous part any creator experiences when producing a product. These days publishing your comic book doesn’t have to take fifty dollars out of your pocket if you do the writing and drawing yourself. This method is known as publishing on demand. For first time comic book creators, the difficulty of marketing your comic book can be ten times multiplied.

Creators who successfully sell comics they created are usually those who have experience and background in the producing of comics. It would be easy for someone who is known for working on titles like X-men or Spiderman to come out of Marvel and produce his own comic books or sell his comics. This was the case for Todd McFarlane. McFarlane reached star status in Marvel comics. When he came out of Marvel, he was involved with other illustrators in starting Image comics. Once he published his title called Spawn, it became an almost instant hit because of McFarlane’s popularity. The thing is, not everyone who wants to create comics would get the privilege to work for a giant publisher like Marvel Comics, and also not everyone who works for Marvel will become popular.

How I see it is there are two ways one can break into the comic book industry by creating comics and to sell comics. Both ways involve developing a name for your-self. First, it could be done by integrating oneself with existing publishers and editors, getting hired as staff in an editorial office, and getting published by a smaller publisher. The second way is by independent publishing. Let me add, both ways are extremely difficult, can take years to getting positive results and could cost you big time money.

The encouraging news is that there are other methods to get your work to the audience for less money or time. Thanks to the increase in technology, the conventional (going through the big time publishers) way of breaking into the comic book industry to sell comics is not the only way. I’ll explain.

The hardest and biggest hurdle comic book creators have to overcome is marketing their comic book or getting an audience to their comics. Once people know that your comic book exists and like the comic book, to sell comics would be a lot easier.

First of all and most important is that when you want to sell comics you have to have a good quality and appealing comic book to sell. Develop an appealing comic book that you know a certain group of people would like.

The next step to sell comics is to market it to those people you made the comic book for. The people whose needs your comic book is meeting. In this way you are almost certain to have a buy. You can do this by creating a website for your comic book and then refer interested people to the website to check your comic book out.

Creating a comic book and marketing it through the internet is now one of the most convenient ways to get your comic book recognized. Like I said before, once your comic book is recognized and liked, to sell comics would be natural.

Comics in the Classroom

When I think back in my days in school as my friends and I hid our comics in our desks or lockers so the teachers would not confiscate them or we would get a lecture of how comics would rot our brains

“These books have zero educational value!”

But I can tell you that comics actually enhanced my learning in such subjects as: English and Grammar, Teachers always thought that their were a lot of slang words and a lot of misspelling, however comics were and still are proof read and checked for misspellings, grammar and punctuation. Also while there is some slang words, this could be a good topic to bring up since comics can reflect the language of the time.

Comic Books peeked my interest in reading, and they also helped me in the subject of English,

It was through comics I discovered such words as “Adamantium”, a word I not only learned how to spell but also peeked my curiousity, thus I did my research and while it turned out that Adamantiumwas ficticous element, I did learn that the root word “Adamant.”

Definition is: Unbreakable, or Adamantine combined with the neo-Latin suffix “ium” resembles the naming form of many chemical elements.

This was part of the fun of reading comics for me as a kid, to find a new word and then research to see if there was actually a real meaning behind the word, by doing this process, it increased my vocabulary and also aided me in learning how to research information.

This is just one example of how comics added to my education, and after many years it seems that teachers, and schools, and even libraries are beginning to see the benefits of using comics and graphic novels as an additional teaching tool.comic2

The majority of the grades that are using comics in the classroom are 5th-12th, this shows that the age range covers a wide area of interest.

Grades And Subjects

Teachers from all grade levels and subjects are using comics in their classrooms, the grade range is from Elementary 4th-5th, then through Junior High to High School

Comics can be applied to many subjects such as: English, Foreign Language, Science, and even in Spanish and ESL classes, and can be used to coincide with lesson plans that can be created by the teacher or they can be provided by websites, or teachers can even get advice from comic book dealers or retailers.

Comics span many genres so it makes it easy to find a comic book or graphic novel, below there are a few subjects that can match up with comics:

5th-6th Grade English And Literature – Classic Illustrated (Many publishers have printed these titles 1990 Series Recommended) and a newer series called Marvel Illustrated are a ideal for these grades and age groups, these titles can be used to enhance the story or novel that the student is reading, the issues can also bring the material more to life, also the issues can help those students that may be struggling in reading or comprehension by matching the words with illustrations.
7th-12th Grade English And Literature- The Classic Illustrated titles are still good, however in many classes of this grade group, many teachers are using a series of Marvel titles “Ultimate” line, these titles include: Ultimate Spider-Man, Ultimate X-Men, and Ultimate Fantastic Four.
These issues have been well received in both classrooms and libraries, with the most popular being Ultimate Spider-Man, the title covers Peter Parker’s early days in a more modern landscape than the mainstream books, teachers are sing these titles to discuss not only story lines but also have discussions concerning the characters and the choices that were made through the comic.