Recently I came up with this idea (I don't know if it will work though): suppose that I have to draw a group of characthers that are not going to be detailed in the whole story, for example a character runs into a group of policemen.
Then I would like to draw them in a way that gives them some personality, not that they like exactly one like the other.
So my idea is to have some sort of set of things that are often represented together, like fire/water/earth/air, or the seven sins, and then I try to draw the secondary characters inspired by each element.
I'm not sure if this would work for a large crowd, though, unless one cycles the same small group of elements.
Also this doesnt't solve the issue that drawing a large group of charachters takes a lot of time.
Wow I tought I subscribed to a lot of webcomics but it seems I'm just a noob!
My main problem is that I generally subscribe to a comic only after I finished the already published pages.
Sometimes I subscribed to a comic before reading all the pages, but then when a new page is published, I've problems going back to the point I was so I sorta lose the drive to read the comic (this happens when there are a lot of pages already published).
On the other hand, sometimes I start reading a comic, don't subscribe because I didn't reach the end, and then forget the comic, so maybe it's better to subscribe anyway.
On the topic of comics that are too ambitious and then end abruptly in the middle:
When I was a teen, I read a lot of comics from the italian publisher Bonelli, that usually have single episodes around 100 pages long (like in a series of detective stories with each episode being 100 pages long and the episodes being mostly unrelated, but with the same protagonist and sidekick).
When I tried to write plots for comics, I initially wanted to write short stories, around 20 pages long, because drawing is long and a 100 pages story looked as too much for me.
But then I wasn't able to write stories so short. Years later I drew and published my first webcomic, that was 100 pages long. I think I'm just used to that kind of lenght and can't think in different terms.
Then I read the book "save the cat" (that is a famous book about screenwtiting, for those who didn't know), and tried to write a 20 pages story with that framework. I had to increase the page number to 32, and while I managed to write and draw it I had the feeling that I was compressing too much and skipping some things.
Later I began the comic I'm drawing curently, again in the STC framework. It will probably be 280 pages long (more or less). Since I draw a page a week or less it is a lot of time! But it seems to me that it is just my natural level of compression of the story, I'd have to force my style to do a shorter story.
In this situation it is possible that people start a story in the way that seems most natural for them and then for one reason or the other stop in the middle.
The point is that most of us are used to read commercially produced comics that, by their nature, are quite long, because they are produced by professionals who do this as a job 40h/week or more, in a team, and because succesful series tend to be prolonged as long as they can sell, so we are attuned to a narrative rythm that is impossible for a hobbyst.
No they wouldn't. Personally I think that setting up an excessive power level is a problem because it means then such charachters wouldn't relly be living the small but in facts even the very dramatic events that we could live in our lives.
Hi! I'm Marco! I learned of this site because of the SJ changes, so I'm going to upload mi comic here too.
I have a question: I drew my comic in italian first and then I started translating it in english too. I created two webcomic items here one for the italian version and the other for the english one. Is there some limitation for this or some particular procedure?