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MODULE 1: GETTING IT WRITE! WRITING AND CREATING THE COMIC

A good look at the writing process and the best way to go about it.

COURSE INFO:

  • INTRO
  • WHO I AM
  • MODULE ONE
  • KNOW WHAT’S OUT THERE
  • CREATING A DAILY WRITING ROUTINE
  • GOOD TOPICS TO COVER
  • CAN’T COME UP WITH IDEAS?  COOL!
  • MORE WRITING TIPS

Comments

  1. Lori Munro says:

    Merry Christmas – I received your email today encouraging me to reply in your comments section, so I am, and had planned on regardless. I want to thank you for these great courses, I inhaled them over a day and a half and enjoyed them very much. My interest lays in how to promote one’s self and found your social media part specifically enlightening. Hence, I signed up for Reddit since I’ve not had an account there. Agreed on Instagram being more effective than FB (how I connected with you to begin with). So thanks, looking forward to more courses from you. I appreciate the time and effort you put into all you do. I’ve been cartooning since the 60’s and 70’s, went online with it all almost 20 years ago and like you, evolved from traditional pencil, paper, ink, to a computer, then ipad and a bluetooth stylus (Adonit pencil point for me). I’m at http://www.war-wagon.com . Thanks again.

    1. Nate Fakes says:

      Hi Lori,

      Very cool and glad you’re enjoying the courses! It’s all so new, I know I’ll be tweaking and adjusting as I go along, so glad you enjoyed what I have so far. I checked out your website and great work!

      Thanks for the feedback and lot’s more to come!

      Nate

  2. Aaron Stines says:

    Hello Nate,
    So far, I’ve found your videos informative and easy to understand. I’m a new single-panel gag comic artist, though I’ve been a fan of your work for a long time. When I saw that you had courses for free, I had to jump at the opportunity of learning from you. I’ve never made any money from my comics. I’ve only paid it, so I am looking forward to watching the remaining videos. I had a comic of mine go viral a few weeks back. I had a similar experience to yours when Woody Harrelson shared it to his Instagram and didn’t tag me. Not only that, Instagram’s default crop removed my signature and website info. I could have used that bump. Anyways, here is a link if you are interested.

    http://airbearentertainment.com/comic_stripped_images/2018-1202.png

    Thanks again for putting theses courses together.

    -Aaron

    1. Nate says:

      Hi Aaron,

      Thanks for commenting and sharing your work. Very cool! That’s awesome that Woody shared it. I’d write him and mention that you’ll send him some more cartoons he can share, IF he links your Facebook/Instagram (whatever you wish). As I mention in the videos, with regards to social media, comics are like little ads. So, definitely include that in your portfolio (“my work has been used by Woody Harrelson”).

      Keep watching and I have some writing tips in this course and marketing. I’ll have a lot more information about monetizing cartoons in an upcoming course, so stay tooned!

      Nate

      1. Aaron Stines says:

        Thank you!

  3. Rich Veca says:

    Hey Nate!
    I couldn’t load your courses up on my phone but finally got a chance to sit down at the computer and watch. Solidly enjoyable and helpful video. Your points on keeping up a consistent routine are encouraging–I’m the type to wait for an idea to arrive, so sometimes nothing can happen for weeks and it’s not constructive. There’s clearing something to putting yourself in that headspace on a regular basis, regardless of the results–thanks for that insight. How much time do you recommend setting aside per day to brainstorm? Also, on over-explaining to your audience: what’s a good way to tell if you’re being too indulgent with a description? Lastly, I think “My Wife the Turtle” is a golden idea.

    1. Nathanael Fakes says:

      Hi Rich,

      Glad you got a chance to watch and sorry it didn’t work on your phone (I’ll get my tech team, er – me – to look into that).

      To answer your questions, I recommend AT LEAST 30 minutes a day (6 days a week, or 7) to brainstorm – aka write. It really does all come together. It took me YEARS to figure out that consistency on this is key. I used to just try to write everything in one setting and that didn’t pan out well. It’s just a great mental exercise to go through regardless of if you come up with ideas or not.

      That being said, other writers have their habits and routines, but this works best for me and I highly recommend it for cartooning.

      As for over explaining, I typically write my ideas and then revisit them. If there are ANY words, phrases, etc. I can remove — I will. If I think the visual holds up the joke without explaining it, I’ll typically remove anything that hints at the visual joke (I hope that makes sense).

      A good example is a cartoon I did a long time ago with snakes. There was a person with snake skin boots walking past them. The original caption read: “Oh my gosh! He’s wearing us. It’s the walking dead!” I tweaked it to just: “It’s the walking dead!” It’s one of my more popular comics now.

      Thanks for the questions and glad you enjoyed! It’s always great to hear from a fan of My Wife the Turtle, too. ; D

      — Nate

  4. Will Dudla says:

    Hey Nate,

    Found this from browsing through Instagram on you profile today. This must be a really new thing, cause I have not seen it before in your comments.

    Anyways, I think this is a great idea, and have actually been thinking “where the heck can I really find a forum or place to get criticism/advice on my comic to help it grow/make a living at.” ANNND viola! This seems to be a great start.

    I am relatively new to the genre (only started posting my comic in July of 2017) but have been drawing/painting all my life (with little breaks in between for crappy jobs – which I may need again 🙁 ). I currently write/draw my comic “Clams on the Side” (www.clamsontheside.com) and have been struggling with getting a consistent following on Instagram, but I think that is just going to take some time.

    I find that, as you said, writing is like 80-90% of a comic nowadays (oh god I hope that’s one word)! So I tend to spend sometimes days figuring out just one comic! I don’t mind it though, because I know that the payoff will be usually when I least expect it…like when I am driving and I have to repeat the dialogue like a mantra a billion times until I get home to write it down (otherwise poof)! I tend to gravitate a lot towards the unexpected outcomes in a lot of my comics. I think those tend to be the hardest 😐

    Ok…I am talking too much here. Thanks so much for putting this stuff up. I look forward to more of this and hope that I can give back to you in the same manner one of these days.

    1. Nate says:

      Hi Will!

      Thanks for commenting! Sounds like you’re well on your way. Check out Module 3 of the course and I have some Instagram tips that have worked very well for me. Plus, I have a blog post about marketing in 2019. Instagram is MY FAVORITE platform for an audience. The main keys are to be consistent with posting, comment on other comics, follow the right people and network. I talk about some ways to spiffy-up your profile, too, so that it resonates well with fans.

      And this is all pretty new! I launched last month, but I’m hoping THIS IS the go-to place for cartoonists. I’ve struggled so much getting my career off-the-ground, so I will share as much as I can, and hope others do as well. I’m planning on launching so new courses eventually, too.

      Keep us all posted how things are going!

      – Nate

  5. Nomfundo says:

    Hello Nate. I get your emails and thought I should check out your course. I really enjoy reading gag comics and I would like to try them out. I will follow the routine and let you know how it goes.

    1. Nate Fakes says:

      Very cool! Yes, please keep us all posted how you’re doing and if you ever have any questions, just let me know.

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