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How To Create Manga, Comics, or Webtoons


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*** Note: The context in this post is based on our Manga Workbook. To purchase your own physical copy with templates and much more information - simply follow the Amazon link below.


So you have a story that you want to build on and share with the world? You have a passion for manga, comics (webtoons), or web comics?

Welcome to the club :)

In this post, we will break down the core steps to creating your own manga or comic book. We will not go into the art aspect, but rather the story building and structure of the book (for art information/tips/tricks please subscribe to our mailing list to stay up to date with our latest content).


There are 3 core steps to creating your own manga, comic, or webtoon:

  1. Come up with a story

  2. Script the scenes

  3. Storyboard

Each step includes many steps within, depending on your role. However, for the purposes of this post, we will simplify the process to offer a general understanding and perhaps lead you in the right direction.


Let's dig a little deeper


Writing the Story


Perhaps the most fundamental parts of your story will be the story elements.

Story elements:

  • conflict

  • theme

  • plot

  • characters

  • setting

With the elements in mind, the next step (using the elements) is to develop a strong Plot.

Plot:

  1. exposition

  2. inciting incident

  3. rising action

  4. climax

  5. falling action

  6. resolution

To further develop your story, you will want to enhance the world and characters. I would recommend that you also give yourself time, it is only with time that the inspirations of the world can work their magic to influence your story in positive ways!


Scripting


A script is a document that establishes setting, characters, dialogue, and illustration perspectives that will later be used to create the storyboard. This of your script as a rough draft of your manga, comic, or webtoon.


Not all manga, comic, or webtoon artists will script their work. As with any art, there is no right and wrong! Please feel free to skip the script if you think that is more efficient for you.


Storyboard


Based on your script (or not), you will create the art of your choice. Whether you go the route of traditional art or digital art, the storyboarding process may look different.

When storyboarding, keep in mind a few things:

  • composition

  • Strategic use of panels

  • The readers line of sight


Goodluck :)


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