This is extremely helpful for me as previously I had no idea how to lay out comic pages, and preferred panel type B because it looked cooler. But with all this explained, it will really help me out for my newest comic idea. I plan this comic to be the start of my career, or at least pride of my starting as a comic book artist. XD
This tutorial is great. I kind thought the thing about panel layouts was true, but I didn't know if it was bullshit I made up or something other people believed. XD Whenever I look at awesome scenes in comics, 90% of the time the panels are just plain squares. It's the composition inside them that looks cool. So, I decided to lay off the trapezoids panels, lol. I hadn't thought word balloons that much though. Thank you for the awesome tutorial!!
(late reply, whoops) Thanks, I'm glad you found it to be helpful! Though to be fair, if you want to add some dynamic flair to the shapes of your panels, trapezoids can be a good way to do it. It's just important to make sure that readability and functionality come first, before you focus on adding a dynamic punch.
Also, if you want to do research for writing graphic novels, I highly suggest you read Scott McCloud's "Making Comics." Seriously, it's one of the most helpful books I've found on the topic and it's entertaining to read just for fun, too!
-hugs- your a life saver lol since my and :devfrya-pun: lost a team member(left cause he was busy) i've been doing the paneling and somtimes i get stuck trying to draw the panels :S since its a doujin he want the pages manga-eqsue so i look at the manga i have and sometimes the pages dont help xD but i'm also in a sense sketching out what happens in each panel and tossing in dialogue this does help alot out you are now God lol (also looking at manga doesnt seem to help me >:\ and i've found out lol but this oddly has xD)
Awesome tutorial. I think it has a lot of good elements in it that definitely help present and future comic-makers out. I also think it's really cool that you used two examples from comics you yourself have done- examples in tutorials make the world go round. The red arrows to show how the eyes follow the page is also a great addition.