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How Long?

Banes at 12:00AM, Feb. 1, 2018

I think John Byrne once said he did about two or three pages a day (I believe it was an eight hour workday).

Of course, the length of time a page will require depends a lot on what KIND of comic you're doing! A stick figure comic or sprite might take awhile to write, but be pretty quick as far as putting the images together on the page - and digital work obviously saves a bunch of time, with its editing and undo capabilities.

Very detailed work vs a simpler style, as well as the priorities/standards of the artist can vary these things, too!

A photo comic might take a TON of prep time, arranging people and possibly creating or amassing the figures, sets, costumes and props, and then doing any postproduction, as well as the dialogue balloons and all the stuff that normally goes in to a comic. Boggles the mind, that! (hi bravo!)

A page of Typical Strange takes about 4 hours, usually.

But before that begins, I usually have a solid knowledge of the story for that issue, and what has to be achieved on this page: where we're starting and where we're ending up - though I usually don't have the dialogue yet. Dialogue gets written as I map out the page with rough digital sketches. So I can move stuff around, rearrange panels, and play with dialogue and all that. Once I decide where everything goes I start drawing.

And that's where the four hours begin! If I have more involved backgrounds or anything unusual to do for that page, of course it will take longer.

How long does it take you to do a page?

Thanks to KimLuster for suggesting this topic!

Have a fine Thursday,




plymayer at 12:43AM, Feb. 1, 2018

It's been a month since my last "story" page. Mostly, knowing what happens, getting motivated to do it, and getting time to do it (work, home, etc distractions).

ozoneocean at 11:49PM, Jan. 31, 2018

ABout 40 years...

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