Starting a Family Comic Book Series

There are lots of creative endeavors on which you can venture as a family, and here's a particularly fun one: starting a family comic book series! Even four-page mini-issues can delight those involved and make great gifts for those outside of your immediate family, as souvenirs of what your combined creativity can do! There are lots of directions you can go in terms of art, plot lines, and publishing formats (which may just mean printing out a few copies from your home printer), but here are some basics you can follow no matter what your family's style.

Watching a movie about a famous comic book series with your family.

Designate writers and artists. You may have members of your family who are more artistically inclined than others, and if they want to be in charge of the art aspect of the comics, you may want to take them up on it! The same goes with someone in your family who is good with words and storytelling. Remember, though, that this is a family venture, and you want to share the duties even if there are primary artists and writers.

Brainstorm characters together. The creative brainstorming is where everyone can really have their say! You may have very small children who will quickly tire of the project if they don't have an active role, and so if you anticipate that they won't enjoy it for too long, you can ask them for their creative input at the beginning of the process. Come up with ideas for the main character, the main villain, and all of the sidekicks -- perhaps based on people or animals you and your family are well-acquainted with.

Have a regularly scheduled issue. Unless you're planning one giant masterpiece, you may go into this project wanting to do a series. In that case, plan to release a new issue on a regular basis so that the project doesn't get neglected and fall to the wayside (unless you're ready to retire it, of course). Announce it to friends and family so you have people counting on you to complete the next part of the tale!

Publish it! It used to be that publishing something meant simply putting it onto the printing press and making multiple copies of it. Now, however, there are tons of options for publishing -- from professionally printed flyers to hand-bound books to online comic markets. You can certainly make a free webcomic page, either with a free hosting service or with a comic-specific service such as ComicFury.com or ComicDish.com, and then send the address along to those who are interested.

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Comments (7) -

Walter Hurst
Walter Hurst
2/16/2013 6:56:29 PM #

This is more than just publishing your work but this develops family character and promotes bonding. You could share ideas and even talk about your own story and have fun while doing it. You could write about your pet dog or your neighbor if you have a bad day or something. This promotes creativity and freedom to express yourself if not verbally but in written form.

Anthony Weiss
Anthony Weiss
2/16/2013 7:01:25 PM #

remembered my childhood comic series - Archie. It was full of humor and always had updated issues with unique stories and plots behind it. It never fails to amuse and make me laugh. Until now, I kept my collection in my closet and hope to pass it to my future children.

Shannon Rivers
Shannon Rivers
2/16/2013 7:06:13 PM #

Its your time to let loose of your imagination and show your talents. If your good at drawing then you should be assigned to be the graphic artist and you would draw the scenes together. While if you're good at writing then you could formulate the script and story line of the comic series.

Ashley Solomon
Ashley Solomon
2/16/2013 7:09:27 PM #

I dont think this would be a successful business in our times today. We are surrounded with technology that enables us to access these things electronically. I can't see why i would still read and buy this bulky comics when I could just access it in a click in my tab or laptop in e-books and PDF format.

Darren Hayes
Darren Hayes
2/19/2013 11:02:31 AM #

Yo ashley, you sound like your just a teenager. You may have been born in the late 90's and you grew up with all these gadgets around you and technology that makes everything easier. Did you try reading those all comic books? LIke archie? Those were the hits during my time. The fulfillment when you've collected every issue of that comic book series and the laughs and fun you had while reading it. Those are irreplaceable moments and emotions which could not be substituted with your cool Ipad, tablet or something. You learn to appreciate it because you worked your ass out just to get hold of those issues which is not evident nowadays. You just take for granted things since you could just get those since there a click away. Naahh...there's no point in trying to make you understand all of this.

Just another old fashioned guys who misses those golden years... Frown

Jamie Steele
Jamie Steele
2/19/2013 11:09:22 AM #

My father would ride his bicycle everyday to go downtown to buy newspaper in his favorite news paper stand. I would read the whole newspaper especially those in the hollywood, celebrity section while he would just use the last pages which had cross-word puzzles and his favorite comics. I even bought him a comic book and a lot of those small crossword/word-finder books to spend his time with. Now, after he had 2 attacks of stroke, he can't even remember how to read a newspaper and just ignores it. He forgot that he loved comic books, crossword puzzles and word-finder games. :'(

Dane Brandt
Dane Brandt
2/22/2013 10:14:39 AM #

I feel you Jamie . My uncle changed a lot since he suffered a stroke last year and he was never the same since then. He used to give me comic books for my presents because he was also an enthusiast. I miss those times where he would read us comic books and act funny just to illustrate the characters. I miss my uncle Don Frown

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