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Comic Making: Body Language and Getting Up Close and Personal with Characters


Weird title, right? Well, I promise it's not what you think.

This week, I continued my comic coloring adventures, which I'm sure I will regale you with at some point in a blog. However, this will not be that blog. No, this week I also began scripting my next chapter and doing some exercises to get more familiar with my main characters' motivations and themes and ensuring I will be able to create effective chemistry between all of my characters, both romantic and platonic.

So, voila! Just the McKay and Gray video I needed to listen to.

Alright, so I mentioned previously that this comic will be based on a story I began writing a little over eight years ago. I am pretty familiar with my characters, but after listening to this video, I wanted to see if I could use McKay's method to identify if my characters would have the chemistry I intended for them.

He breaks it down like this: each character has a primary want that motivates them and determines their choices throughout the story. That want can be paired with a need, known or unknown to the character, that another character is able to fill in some way. When characters wants and needs intersect positively or negatively, that's where character chemistry happens.

I also reread the chapter in Scott McCloud's, Making Comics about expression and body language and how comic artists can use it effectively to communicate character's thoughts, intentions, and feelings more clearly, without the use of text.

Scott McCloud, Making Comics