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Starting this afternoon I’ll be at New York Comic-Con, in Artist’s Alley at Table CC1 with my GROUNDED/GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES artist co-creator Paul Azaceta.  I’ll also have some of Robbi Rodriguez and my HAZED, UNTHINKABLE and RIFT RAIDERS by myself and Julian Totino Tedesco - Artwork and the first chapter of Salgood Sam and my DRACULA: SON OF THE DRAGON.
 
When I’m not at my table, I’ll be at The School of Visual Arts MFAVN (Master of Fine Arts in Visual Narrative, where I teach writing) table, Artist’s Alley O7.
 

If you’re at #NYCC, please stop by and say hi!

Starting this afternoon I’ll be at New York Comic-Con, in Artist’s Alley at Table CC1 with my GROUNDED/GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES artist co-creator Paul Azaceta.  I’ll also have some of Robbi Rodriguez and my HAZED, UNTHINKABLE and RIFT RAIDERS by myself and Julian Totino Tedesco - Artwork and the first chapter of Salgood Sam and my DRACULA: SON OF THE DRAGON.

 

When I’m not at my table, I’ll be at The School of Visual Arts MFAVN (Master of Fine Arts in Visual Narrative, where I teach writing) table, Artist’s Alley O7.

 

If you’re at #NYCC, please stop by and say hi!

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(Most of) this week’s new #comics haul.  If you want to meet me or get any of my books, I’ll be at @newyorkcomiccon with @paulazaceta in Artist’s Alley table CC1 from this Thurs-Sun #nycc #ncbd

(Most of) this week’s new #comics haul. If you want to meet me or get any of my books, I’ll be at @newyorkcomiccon with @paulazaceta in Artist’s Alley table CC1 from this Thurs-Sun #nycc #ncbd

Her there, Mr. Gillen. In Über #17's afterward, you mentioned panel structure. Something that, coincidentally, I first noticed through Garth Ennis's use of mostly five panel pages. My question is this: How do you determine the amount of panels a page requires? I used to think something like that would vary wildly, but that can't be the case. Not when there's this much routine.

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kierongillen:

Okay, this became a bit of an essay, so I’m going to put most of it beneath a cut. It’s all really off the top of my head, so apologies for rambling, typos, etc.

Worth noting that before I write anything else here, there’s a lot of implicit assumptions behind what sort of comic I’m describing, and the effect you’re looking for.

The standard rule of deciding on panels is that there’s one action per panel. Some people would add “per character” to that. Use those math to work out the panel count.

Also worth noting that not all writers call number of panels, but even if they don’t tell the artist it, they’re doing that sort of internal math to work out how much they can fit on a page.

The trick is doing maths on choosing what that action is, and what actions are actually necessary. There’s an exercise that Tony Lee once told me - which I believe he got from JMS - which involves telling an artist or writer how long a set bit of story is. The story is, roughly…

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Very few writers can talk about their craft as well they practice it, but Kieron Gillen is one of them.  Above is some really helpful advice for comics writers about how to determine how many panels to use per page.  It’s the first thing any new writer needs to think about, but I found what Kieron wrote helpful to think about as well.  I tend to want to push against the grain of decompression and try to get as much information on a page as possible.  But, as Kieron points out, fewer panels can give artists more flexibility in terms of how to lay the panels out (which is something I like to leave to an artist unless I really need a specific effect).

Worth reading.  And also, check out Kieron on The Wicked and The Divine with Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson from Image, and UBER, his “What if the Nazis had superhumans?” book from Avatar. 

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