This is a great question. I think it is wonderful you are looking for ways to grow and improve. I don't know of a hyperlink to answer this specific topic. I'll consider writing an article about it for my website which has tutorials and advice about making comics. If I do, I will leave a hyperlink here to go to it. I also want to say, I'm not an expert, just seen a lot of comics and I know mostly from a western viewpoint and not manga.
An artist should plan out their comic's rhythm and beats. Example: DC's Watchman foundation is the nine panel grid. Watchman's 9 panel structure
That doesn't mean you have to stick with the same number of panels every page, but there is a foundation and you build around that. The action of the comic will dictate changes. Typically, the more panels you put on a page, the slower time goes for a reader as they have to take more time to read the page. The smaller number of panels, time goes faster/action is quicker.
Also know common practices and what they are used for. You can break the rules but limit the number of times you do it or you will lose the impact.
I quickly looked over you comic, which is lovely by the way, and saw there were times when breaking the panel line was used when the art could have been contained within the panel.
The most common times a character breaks beyond a panel line is so the artist, who is using a 2D medium, can convey more of a 3D feel to a page. Artists will cross over a panel line when a character is moving, like falling out a window, getting punched, things like that, to add a dynamic impact to a page. (Sometimes it can be used for comedic purposes too.) There were a few times it was used unnecessarily, and when that occurs it loses it's main impact of showing dynamic motion.
Also note, artists also use diagonal slice lines for quick action or when quickly changing scenes.
Use different panel shapes to add emphasis to a special moment. When in doubt, you can never go wrong with the typical rectangle/square. Then when you have action or an emotional scene you can jazz it up with different panel shapes.
This page has a lot of different panel shapes, where more subtle, standard conventional shapes could have been used. Page 15
Thank you for your kind words TheVoidchildProject. I'm still learning things all the time about the creative process but I've been doing things long enough to compile information that I wanted to document and share with others.
Excellent point about less being more! I didn't mention in any of the tips, but yes, since comics are a very visual medium, you should definitely be showing as much as possible relying on the art versus writing something, and in some cases saying something could be redundant.
I watched it last night. The special effects were great. I was disappointed with the writing/story. I felt there were plot holes, unnecessary scenes and things that don't get explained.
Below are changes I would have made if I had written it. There are a lot of spoilers below. Please do not read the spoiler below if you have not seen the movie.
When Luke asks Rey who she is, he senses her lineage; she is Palpatine’s granddaughter, a decedent of the emperor. (This secret gets revealed now, or when they encounter Snoke later on.) He refuses to teach her. He explains his reluctance as he failed with Ben Solo. Luke doesn't consider killing Ben, instead Snoke has been influencing him to the dark side and as a display of his allegiance to the dark side, he along with the Knights of Ren, who were also students and Ben's allies, destroy Luke's Jedi academy.
Luke admits when he arrived at the old Jedi library, it had been ransacked. Most of the books are gone. Luke wishes to consult with the Jedi ghosts, but they have gone silent since Luke has abandoned the Jedi faith.
Leia gives Finn Rey's tracker beacon as she senses they share a close bond. Leia doesn't get sucked out into space and float back to the ship. Either she dies there or she isn't in the command room at that time. Finn locates a codebreaker within the rebel fleet and goes to the destroyer to stop the tracking device. Finn is their best chance since he used to work for the bad guys. Finn gives Rey's tracking beacon to Poe.
After Luke sees Leia’s image from R2-D2, he realizes he needs to take action and stop Snoke. Luke gives a crash course to Rey as they go to face Snoke and Kylo Ren. Luke uses his old green lightsaber and Rey uses the blue. Luke senses great strength in Rey. He senses light but also darkness. He warns her not to give into the darkness.
Snoke and Kylo Ren allow Luke and Rey on their ship to fight them. Snoke pulls out a purple lightsaber to reveal he was formerly Mace Windu (who was previously defeated by Emperor Palpatine). He survived the battle but is disfigured and bitter, turning to the dark side. We need to get Samuel Jackson to try and reproduce the voice used in the first movie or have some reason, like a mechanical voice box to explain the voice used in the previous movie. Windu stole the ancient Jedi books and learned how to extend his life. Part of the reason Kylo Ren joined him, was that Windu had this ancient Jedi knowledge, Luke did not.
Luke and Rey pull out their lightsabers. The other Knights of Ren are present in the throne room and join the party. An epic lightsaber battle occurs. Rey battles the Knights of Ren while Kylo and Windu fight Luke. Luke gets his mechanical hand cut off and rolls his eyes and says, “Again?”
Finn disables the tracking device and heads back to ship to escape. He is confronted with Captain Phasma. Just as he is about to be killed, Chewbacca and BB-8 save him.
The rebel ships slam into Snoke’s ship. It is driven by a robot and not Admiral Holdo, who goes to the planet with the rebel forces to escape. Snoke’s ship is disabled from pursuing the escaping rebels, but it is not destroyed.
Chewbacca carries an injured Finn away to safety. If you understood Wookie you would hear him say “Again?!” (Because Chewie carried Finn away when he was injured from the previous movie.) They escape off the crippled Snoke ship.
Luke does some heavy damage to Snoke. As Rey defeats the last of the Knights of Ren, she sees Luke about to get bested by Kylo. Luke explains to Kylo, “If you kill me in anger, I will always be with you, like your father.” Luke perishes.
When Snoke turns his attention to Rey, Kylo stabs him in the back with his lightsaber. Kylo explains he no longer has a use for him.
Kylo Ren turns to Rey and asks her to join him. They can rule the galaxy together. With a devious smile she reminds Kylo that she defeated him before. But then she says she needs to find her place in all of this and she thinks she has found it. She admits she can help track down the rebels (with the tracking beacon on her wrist). She reaches out to grasp Kylo's hand.
I made my Youtube debut in a Draw Fight competition. My mouth is very active when I draw (you'll have to watch the video to understand). Please consider voting for my version of Batman! Thanks, JP a.k.a. Chilphil
If possible place your dialogue down on the page first before drawing, or have a very good idea how much space the dialogue bubbles will take. There were pages I spent a lot of time drawing background details only to have it covered up with character dialogue.
I understand your situation. It is tempting to place everything you have out there. I'm excited with some of my future updates and want to share it with my readers immediately. I have found a lot of benefits to keeping a buffer. Like you said, if you release everything there may be weeks before you replenish and it frees you up to put up a quality product. A buffer helps me when life gets too crazy/busy/hectic to work on my comic. Also, it allows me to work on other side projects as well.
It appears that Best-Webcomics.com site has ended it's run. I received their tweet, "My fellow webcomic friends, it is with regret to inform you that this is the end of Best Webcomics. We had a lot of fun setting this up but due to reasons beyond our control, we are not able to continue our work." I don't have more details beyond that.
I liked the site. It would occasionally spotlight my comic and I'd get a little bump in traffic or a new Twitter follower. I also had an interview regarding my webcomic posted there. I'd check out other webcomics they highlighted there.
Anyway, I wanted to share the news in case anyone out there don't see it functioning.