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Ideas for a Comic Book

By Erik Steel     -
Source: Genre Information


Considering the sheer volume of comic books available, it may seem difficult as an artist to create something original. However, by balancing trends with one's own creative impulses, it is still possible to create work of high quality that won't be seen as derivative.

Genre divides comics into a number of genres, including superhero, horror, true crime, and alternative or underworld comics. Although it may be possible to succeed in any of these genres, trends in comics today seem to suggest that audiences are drifting toward dark heroes and anti-heroes, good or bad guys who are not as morally black-and-white as superheroes and arch-villains. The classic example of the public's love for dark heroes is seen in the continued popularity of the Batman franchise. The Punisher is another popular anti-hero.

Autobiographical Content

Graphic novels, especially (semi-)autobiographical ones, such as those by Alison Bechdel and others, are having an impact on comic book content. These books may focus on one experience, like the death of a parent or planning a wedding, and reveal hidden truths in very common human activities. Although your comic need not be autobiographical, true-to-life stories have a real impact on today's comic readers by connecting the escapism associated with comic-book reading to a reflection of familiar themes in human life.

Reality-altering Themes

Offering a new spin on the interpretation of reality very often connects with readers. Stories that emphasize the unusual and strange in the banal and everyday are increasingly popular--think of Bardin the Superrealist, The Three Paradoxes and Fluffy, for example. These stories stretch reality in new ways; instead of having super powers, the stories rely on altered realities, such as a rabbit who does not know he is a rabbit speaking English with a man he thinks is his father (Fluffy).


Although full-color is more widely used than ever, many artists are still opting for 1-, 2- and 4-color printing, or even black and white illustration. These options, as opposed to full-color, may contribute to your comic's meta-literary feel (that is, a comic that "knows" it is a comic, as opposed to one that attempts to imitate reality), adding a point of interest for your readers by bringing older techniques into the art of modern-day storytelling.


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