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Simplify!

There's no need to add extra crap. Get to the point!

When creating comics, especially gag cartoons, it’s better to get to the point as quickly as possible. Unnecessary words, images and details sometimes can ruin a good joke. I used to be NOTORIOUS for adding waaaay too much information, because I wanted it to be clear to everyone what I was trying to get across. Well, I learned that audiences aren’t stupid and I didn’t need all the unnecessary garbage.

So, like I’m doing while I write this, I’ll stop writing! I think I made it clear in the first paragraph. Watch the latest vlog below!

Comments

  1. Bucky Jones says:

    Great advice, Nate! I needed to hear that. Helps me to re-evaluate things I’m working on. I appreciate your videos, advice and encouragement 🙂

    1. Nate Fakes says:

      Thanks, Bucky! I know this is an area that I’m constantly checking myself on. Just when I think I have it simplified and perfect-o, I’ll reexamine it and discover it’s STILL sometimes not quite there (often times even after publishing).

  2. Will Dudla says:

    Hey Nate,

    Spot on! I have to constantly go back and look over my dialogue to make sure it 1) makes sense and 2) is even needed. I don’t always succeed, but that’s ok. I can always learn from the mistake and go at it again (and again and again and again).

    1. Nate Fakes says:

      Same here! It’s a constant battle (this along with typos). I think it’s just a matter of doing it over and over, and even then there will be slips. One thing I forgot to mention on the vlog is sometimes sleeping on an idea and reexamining it the next day helps a lot. Fresh eyes can do wonders…

      1. Jim says:

        Totally agree! I usually go back to an idea over and over again.. if it remains funny then I”ll draw it. If not, and I think I let it sit and poke and tweak at it indefinitely if I think it has some potential. Sometimes a toon finally sees the light of day after 5 years plus of germination..

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