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Me and a friend of mine has been thinking about joining forces and make a comic. She is an excellent drawer/illustrator while I perform better in the story/character/writing part of things.

I guess the best way to start would be to throw ourselves into it, but I like to read about things first, to get some inspiration and hints about common pitfalls.

So, are there any good books (or online resources) about making commics? Would be particularly interesting if they focus on collaboration between writer and drawer.

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I can't recommend it as I haven't read the book, but I'm surprised there's been no mention of Will Eisner's [Comics and Sequential Art ](en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comics_and_Sequential_Art). –  Neil Fein Dec 18 '10 at 16:30
    
@neilfein: Haven't read C&SA either, but I've liked to do so for a long time. –  Jürgen A. Erhard Jan 19 '11 at 16:21
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One of the best books you can read on the subject is Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics. The book itself is written as a comic, so it can illustrate the techniques it discusses. One of the topics covered is word-picture dynamics, which seems pretty close to what you're looking for.

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Sounds excellent. Thanks –  erikric Dec 14 '10 at 15:08
    
This is one of my favourite books... He also wrote Reinventing Comics and a new one (well 2006 but I'd not heard of it) called Making Comics. –  One Monkey Dec 14 '10 at 17:17
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I'd get all of them, but most importantly in your case Making Comics, which seems to cover just what you need. Caveat: I have only read Understanding Comics (multiple times), but I have no doubt the other two are excellent too. –  Jürgen A. Erhard Dec 14 '10 at 19:25
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+1 It's a good book for basic story techniques as well. I re-read it every year or so. –  Alan Dec 15 '10 at 5:42
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Scott McCloud is a good starting point in terms of understanding the potential of what comics as a hybrid medium can accomplish.

That being said, in response to your interest in writing, as opposed to drawing or inking, I would recommend:

  • The DC Comics Guide to Writing - Dennis O'Neil
  • Alan Moore's Writing for Comics - Alan Moore

Both provide interesting insight into the work habits and philosophies of two very successful (and very different) comics writers.

I would also suggest:

  • The Ten-Cent Plague - David Hajdu
  • Do Anything - Warren Ellis
  • Comic Book Culture - Matthew J. Pustz

These three provide some fascinating context for the history and culture of comics; they have helped make me aware of the tradition in which I am writing, an awareness I believe to be invaluable to any person interested in writing comics.

Best of luck to you and to your friend!

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As with any other application of "writing", it's recommended to read voraciously. The more I think about it, the more I think that reading is at least as important as practice.

So... you do love comics? Have a large comic collection? Or at least read lots and lots of (different style/genre preferably) comics? Know whatever genre you want to do in your comic inside and out (or at least pretty well)?

If you answered "yes" to all of these, then jump right in. If not, then, well, I think you know what to do.

Hope this wasn't too harsh...

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