Tag Archives: design

The basics of good site design

The key to webcomic site design is keeping it simple and keeping it from getting ugly. “Duh!” you might say, but the internet is full of Really Ugly Sites and, unfortunately, that includes some webcomics.

Character Design

There’s a general assumption that we can tell a lot about a person by the way they look, so, in comics, we have to be aware of what impression we are intending to create.

Worldbuilding for Fantasy Webcomics

If you create a rich and detailed world in which to set your fantasy story, it becomes more believable, and keeping a record of all that you decide about your world means you can be consistent

How to Make Webcomics

Sometimes, people decide to give this webcomic lark a try for themselves. If you fall into that camp, welcome to the club. Let’s discuss how to make a web comic so you can get started as soon as possible.

Standing Out

You don’t get ahead by being lost in the crowd, as some business person or lifestyle coach has inevitably said at some time. It’s as true in the vacuous world of “lifestyle gurus” as it is in comics.

Adding mouseover text to your comics

Many popular comic websites contain little extra jokes in the form of mouseover text; the little captions that appear when you rest the mouse on a link, image or even general text. xkcd is probably the most famous for this, given that it has at least one joke or comment on each comic (and sometimes they are funnier than anything in the main comic).

Cross hatching

Cross hatching, the ancient art of drawing intersecting lines, is something that has never seen a significant amount of favour in web comics. This may be due to a number of issues, the main one being the dominance of low-res images during the formative years of online comic publication, but with the advent of higher quality displays, adding a little cross hatching can really add a sense of depth to your comics.