Special Edition Podcast

Make Comics #20 – The Page Turn

Show Notes

If you’re making comics and you’re not familiar with the page turn, then you don’t know the whole story. While it seems simple at first, you realize that the comic book, as an art form, requires a whole different type of planning than a lot of other storytelling methods. You have to know where the page turn moment is going to be, and how to use it effectively. Then again, every single moment can be a page turn if you’re good at it.

Running Time: 00:17:00

Andy Schmidt is the founder of the online comic book school Comics Experience, as well as a former editor at Marvel Comics and IDW Publishing. Josh Flanagan has been working on iFanboy.com, talking, reviewing, and thinking about comics for over a decade, as well as writing and creating some of his own.

If you’re interested in going further, you can check out Comics Experience, where there are plenty of classes available in all the disciplines of comic book creation from writing to drawing to coloring to lettering.

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  1. Interesting subject there. About the idea of 8 pages or so released more regularly, that reminds me a bit of 2000AD with Judge Dredd etc, since you get 6 pages of those stories on a weekly basis. While it’s a cool idea, I gotta admit I prefer to just let those pile up and read them in a monthly chunk anyway.

    I had noticed it seems most comics start with one page on the right and end with a one page cliffhanger on the left, at least a lot of indie books like Invincible. But then sometimes I’ve seen comics end with a regular two page layout not using the page-turn sting at all.

    And the other side-subject of cliffhangers and grabbing the reader, there’s definitely a lot there to do an episode on too. I notice sometimes comics don’t end of on cliffhanger, or sometimes with just some questions raised somewhere in the issue we’ll think on without anything shocking on the last page. I kind of like that subtly too.

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