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Is there a way to tell a very gory story while still being PG-13 when writing a comic book?

Is there a way to tell a very gory story while still being PG-13 when writing a comic book? What are some techniques used in order to insure that? I see some comic books like Berserk that are ...
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Is this telling and not showing, and why is it ok in here?

In Stone Ocean, the antagonist explains his power at the end of the series. I am wondering if this is telling and not showing and if there are situation where telling and showing is completely ok and ...
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What do you call comics panels where the foreground is abstract and when do you use them?

What do you call comics panels where the foreground is abstract and when do you use them? Abstract backgrounds are mostly used to convey some sort of emotions, but instead of using abstract background,...
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Do you need to clearly distinguish dream scenes from reality in comics books?

Do you need to clearly distinguish dream scenes from reality in comics books? Sometimes dream scenes are grayed a little bit to distinguish them, but do you have to do it? When should you distinguish ...
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Writing a text bubble coming from a military headset in comics

Writing a text bubble coming from a military headset. How do you do that? Especially, when the headset is not visible or the character wearing the headset is small. I am not sure how comics handle ...
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How much can you shorten an armor wearing scene in a comics?

Let's say the armor is important, do we have to show let's say the guy wearing the helmet in one panel, then the legging and then the breast plate? Or we can shorten it even more? Usually, I would ...
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What are some essential parts of a mission briefing scene?

What are some essential parts of a mission briefing scene? In war movies, you have a general going over some plan. Here's our target. He's in some place. Look out for X, Y, Z. And then sometimes, the ...
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Can you completely skip bridge scenes in movies or comic books?

Can you completely skip bridge scenes in movies or comics books? Let's take an example. Mario is told by Luigi that the princess was kidnapped by Bowser. Mario asks Luigi where the princess is being ...
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How do you express a chuckle in a text bubble in a comic?

"Chuckles, then I might try to become President then!" Do you use chuckles? Because chuckles is considered to be an onomatopoeia. I also considered "Haha", but it looks weird. How ...
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How many transitions is too many transitions in a comic book?

3 panels > 1 hour time skip > 3 panels > 4 hours time skip > 5 panels > 5 hours time skip > 3 panels 1 year time skip > 2 panels > 1 hour time skip > 4 panels > 5 hours ...
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Can we get sued for copying the same drawing style?

Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball & Square Enix's Dragon Quest share the same art style, but it's because they were designed by the same artist, Akira Toriyama. I am wondering if we can get sued for ...
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Abstract background as a stylistic choice in comics

In "Human Target", I noticed that abstract backgrounds are used at all time without a particular reason. So can you do this at random places without any particular reason in order to cut ...
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How do you show a wolf howling in a comic book panel if the wolf isn't visible?

How do you show a wolf howling in a comic book panel if the wolf isn't visible? In some movies, you see a shot of a mountain and you hear wolves howling in the distance, perhaps behind the camera. How ...
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Foregoing the background in comic books

I often see comic panels where the background is blacked out or there is very little detail, but I am not sure what the conventions on this are and when we can do this or when it is typically done. It ...
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Showing and not telling in comics and visual media

Is there such a thing in showing and not telling when writing the script for a movie or a comic books? It seems that in movie scripts you need to actually do the opposite by telling and not showing in ...
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Can you publish a single chapter of a manga series?

Can you publish a single chapter of a manga series? I am guessing yes, but I don't see manga chapters being sold separately on Amazon. I see comics issue being sold, but it seems issues are sold for ...
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How do you indicate that two or more characters are speaking at the same time in a comic?

How do you indicate that two or more characters are speaking at the same time in a comic? It would be easy if they said the same thing, then you would just have them share a text bubble, but what if ...
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Can comics adopt a first person perspective?

Can comics adopt a first person perspective? Most comics are written in a third person perspective, meaning you don't have a first person view the whole time. I am thinking the first person ...
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How do you explain that the people talking English in a comic books are talking in another language than English?

How do you explain that the people talking English in a comic books are talking in another language than English? Let's say in panel 1, 2 and 4 the people don't talk in English but the dialogues are ...
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Unrelated panel or symbolic panel in comics book

Sometimes, in movies, you see people (2-3 persons) talking while we zoom into a flower or some seemingly unrelated shots or shots that have symbolic meaning. I am wondering if it makes sense to do ...
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What's the minimum panel for a single scene in a comics?

What's the minimum panel for a single scene in a comics? I guess it's one, but if a single scene consists of 1 panel it's going to be hard to understand when you have 9 scenes in a single page and ...
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How do you handle editions in comic books?

How do you handle editions in comic books? Sometimes, you want to change something in a comic book, because there's a plot hole, so you release a second edition of an issue or chapter, how should you ...
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How do you cover an F1 race in a comic book?

Let's say you wrote a comic book about F1 racing, how would you cover an entire race? Should you spend 10 volumes to cover a single race, or should you just skip times very often? For example, 3 ...
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What are some formatting choices in comics that may make it more difficult to convert it into a webcomics format?

Comics are using American comic print formatting, but webcomics are a new formatting style intended for mobile use, it's intended to be read up and down and makes it easier for mobile user to read by ...
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What's the most standard comic books formats for e-book publishers and comics publishers?

What's the most standard comic books formats for e-book publishers and comics publishers? I am thinking because there are a lot of mobile devices and printing machines, there must be some standards ...
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What are the most widely comic books formats?

What are the most widely comic books formats? Let's say you want to publish online comics across multiple platforms such as Amazon and modern digital platforms. What standards should you use if you ...
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What comic book format should you use to make it easier to turn into a web comic?

What comic book format should you use to make it easier to turn into a web comic? I am thinking 3x3 or 1x3 are the best format and most flexible; otherwise, turning them into webcomics might be ...
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In a comic panel, how do you show your readers that the voice is heard within?

In a comic panel, how do you show your readers that the voice is heard within? Do you use a different font, do you use italics, do you use bold characters? And how do you write this in a comic book ...
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How do you write a script for a comic?

I read some movie scripts and I know how to write one, but I haven't seen one for comics books. I heard some people use movie scripts to write comics, but I need a template that associates each ...
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When adapting a movie into a comic, what are the things you need to take into consideration?

I've heard that you need to rewrite the story of a movie if you want to adapt it into a comic, because the medium and format is completely different. However, I am not sure what are the considerations ...
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Ways to construct a temporary medieval road block? [closed]

I understand bandit attacks are themselves cliche, but ignoring that for now: Situation: A guy is transporting a shipment of ice from atop a mountain, needs to get to the foothills asap. Cue cliche ...
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When to add sound effects in comics?

I'm currently writing my first graphic novel/comic and am wondering when people feel SFX should be added. I know it probably depends on the tone of the story (for reference mine leans on the more ...
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Free Gallery of Human Faces [closed]

I am working on a comic book script right now. Nothing of my draft (except dialogues) will be read by readers; the only purpose of my draft is to narrate the story to my friend, the illustrator. ...
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Do I have to get permission to use a person’s pet’s first name and likeness?

I want to start a comic series about my pets living in a universe without humans. This would include their interactions with my neighbors and friends pets. I only use the pet’s first name and the ...
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How do you add symbolic meaning in a graphic novel/comics?

When writing a written work that includes images, what are the techniques used to add symbolism/symbolic/allegorical meaning to a work? I am thinking that you want to add symbolic images in certain ...
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Looking for a better word than "Yikes"

I'm trying to find the right word to use in a (serious) comic I'm writing. The character is an eighteen year old American girl, talking to some older women who she's just met. Suddenly, in mid-...
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How to write a female character that is not just a genderflipped male character?

Recently I submitted a comic book story to a publisher, and they criticized that the main character is basically just a shonen protagonist (for example, Son Goku from Dragon Ball, Ash from Pokemon, ...
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How does one avoid inevitable influences being obvious when writing something like superheroes?

So I have been debating writing a story idea I have had swimming in my head for a long time. I love superhero comics, and I love the more character driven aspects of the stories. I have been ...
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How do I start off in web comics?

I’m a beginner writer planning on learning how to write webcomics. My main one is an adventure/fantasy webcomic and the other is a card battle webcomic (I draw a lot of inspiration from anime and ...
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Owning comic book characters

I am currently writing an ongoing comic series, along with a co-author. Some of the characters in the book were created by me, some by the co-author, and some by third parties. All characters in ...
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Are there stylistic overlaps between novels and comic books? [closed]

I am going to quote from a novel that in my opinion shows many stylistic overlaps of novels and comic books: The Rowan by Anne McCaffrey. I am holding that novel in my hand now. The use of a lot of ...
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How do you quote a comic book? [closed]

How do you quote a comic book strip? I have to state 75 words and I'm not sure if I should re-write the quote as a novel or not.
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Comics marketing: focus on issues or collections?

Situation: 5 year comic book series (by my spouse; I do marketing, website, etc) 4 issues a year (in theory...it's been slower) Issues are available as e-comic only Every 4 issues is collected into a ...
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How can I introduce the names of fantasy creatures to the reader?

In the story, these fantasy creatures are everyday animals that most people in the story already know. How can I introduce them in an natural way that instantly makes readers remember their names? The ...
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How do I tackle religion and mythology correctly? Without offending religious people [closed]

Update -- notes on April's Edits -- I added [[square brackets]] when I wasn't sure if my rephrasing clarified/changed the original asker's meaning too much. Please do edit my edits! I'm hoping that ...
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Do I quote the author or artist from a comic? MLA

I'm kind of confused on how to quote a scene in a comic/graphic novel. I understand that if you are quoting something that a character said, that you would do the usual (Author's Last name, Page ...
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Transitioning between an Interrupted sleep and falling back into it again WITHOUT repeating material?

I'm currently working on a fanfiction/ comic, and a more recent scene I've been working on is a specific character re-awaking in the middle of the night to an Owl's call, and, unrelatedly, describing ...
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What team do I need to start creating comics?

In my last question Does marvel accept new heroes by other people, people advised me to start creating my own comics. I wonder what kind of professions I need and how many people to start publishing ...
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How to adapt a comicstrip to a novel?

Two years ago I pledged to publish my first comic. To do that, I had to learn drawing and learn to make comic strip. I came up with a title for my comic and planned the story in a three-panel comic ...
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What sorts of characters does a superhero team need?

I know there are a lot of variance here, but are there any personalities/dynamics that a superhero team needs in order to work? Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
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