Updated on 16 October, 2021
Comic strips are a sequential visual picture with word balloons usually depicting a daily or weekly series of images. Comic strips are typically designed for humor, while some are more serious. Comic strips can be found in magazines or newspapers. While most entire comic books can be located in your local library or book store. Many people collect single comic strips and sell or trade them.
Here are a few of my favorite comic strip ideas. Remember the KISS Rock Band? I still remember that one. We had the crazy rock band with KISS guitarists and singer, you know the kind. The "White Room" was all white except for a small light bulb above their heads. Now how cool would that have been decorating your MySpace page?
Another comic strip that really caught on was "Calvin and Friends." What a blast from the past watching the guys solve the problems that the other guys create. The daily strips were a lot of fun to watch. Sometimes I would skip over strip sets for awhile until I had enough material to follow to fill an entire strip.
A few decades ago, I really loved "F.R.I.E.N.D.S." with Alex Cross and Detoo. The funny part was when Detoo went to a party dressed as a woman. The other party goers thought she was a man! Fun stuff. You may have heard of this comic strip.
Some of my personal favorite newspaper comic strips were a couple of comic strips that had nothing to do with anything, but just made you laugh. There was one called the "Lard Lad" which had the larder guy working at a super market. There were two larders, one black and one white, he picked up every kind of meat and vegetable. Then he would tell the comical story about what he bought and who he sold it to. There was a lot of great humor in that type of strips.
There are lots of other examples of how to create a comic strip. I am not sure where I saw a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. It was probably the brief ones you would see in a magazine. But even today, whenever I see a comic strip, I am always reminded of those great strips. A Calvin and Hobbes strip is one of my all time favorites.
You don't have to have any experience with drawing or art to draw your own comic strip. Just use basic shapes to get your point across. This will save you a lot of money on the drawing costs. Another advantage is that you can make any kind of mood you want to for your comic strip. Some of my favorite funny strips were drawn with kids in mind. All they needed was some basic shapes to draw and they were good to go.
If you really want to learn how to draw comic characters you could always check out some of the books geared specifically toward kids who like comics. They have a lot of different books that are aimed at young people. If you are really dedicated to trying to draw your own comic book, I suggest that you do find a book geared specifically toward this. You will spend a lot less time than if you were just trying to learn how to draw a normal comic book. Good luck!
A lot of people draw their comic book strips so that they can share them with others. This can be a lot of fun and it can also be a great way to earn the money that you need to support yourself. Comic book stores will usually allow customers to take home one comic strip a week for as long as they can keep it inside the store. The more popular the strip becomes the more people will buy it.
There are a number of different resources that can be used to share your work. One option is to post your sketches online. You can put a link to your sketch on a number of different places on the internet. For example you can post your sketch on Deviant Art or on an online community that features online sketches by a number of different artists.
The last thing that I would like to touch on briefly is the idea of writing your own graphic novel. If you are someone who enjoys creating your own work it can certainly be a very rewarding experience. Comic strips are just one medium that you can use to tell a story and to entertain people. There are a number of other formats that you can use to publish your work.