Creating an autobiographical 1-page comic.
1- Choose an event from your life. It can be something that took 5 minute or 5 months.
2- Choose 5-9 key moments from that event. Things that the audience needs to know to understand what happened.
2- Write those 5-9 moments out. Use one sentence for each moment. If it requires more than one sentence, then break it into multiple moments. Your 5-9 sentence become the script for you comic.
3- Rough draft.
SIZE: Decide which panels need to be larger than the rest. Ask yourself, is the moment more important than the others. Do you need more room to show all of the details in that moment.
SHAPE: Think about the action in each panel. Is it moving from side to side? Would a horizontal rectangle be better than a square? Is it moving up and down? Would a vertical rectangle be better?
4- Be sure to work the title and credits into your overall design. The font you create should fit with the theme of the comic.
Analyze this 1-page comic
Panel 1 – This is an establishing shot. It tells the audience where the story takes place and what is happening. So I chose to make it larger.
Panel 2,3,4 – These panels show a series of moments with equal importance. By making them the same size and focusing down on small details, it speeds up the rate that the audience reads each, thereby quickening the pace of the story.
Panel 5 – The audience needs to see the two characters head to toe running to understand what is happening, so I chose a larger panel to accommodate the action. I also made it a horizontal rectangle because I wanted the action to move from left to right.
Panel 6 and 7 These sizes and shapes were once again chosen to accommodate the action. 6 closing in on 1 character, while 7 is larger to fit both.
Note: Notice how I left out the moment between panel 6 and 7. I could have included it, but by forcing the audience to use their imagination, they become more involved in the event. Remember nothing you put on paper will effect a person more than what they already have in their head.
Try looking through the next one and see if you can determine why I chose these panel sizes and shapes.