Thursday, June 21, 2012

The “Pilot” Comic Strip


For a few months, I’ve been toying with the idea of adding a daily comic strip to the Perro Worldwide Comics website www.perroworldwide.com

I wasn’t sure if I would be able to commit to a daily strip on top of my regular work schedule (script writing, casting for the Mission Park Quinology, and filming the occasional commercial) so I decided to draw up a “pilot” comic strip as a test.  A week after I started the whole process, it’s finished!   You can check out my inaugural comic here:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/perroworldwide/7414736734/in/photostream

As I expected, the process was too involved for a daily strip, so I decided to work on a weekly strip.  So, every Monday, I’ll upload a new one at Perro Worldwide!

Before I started, I knew I wanted my strip to conform to standard newspaper specifications, so I had to do a little research.  If you’ve been wondering about how to get your own comic project started, here’s what I found out:

For a 4 panel strip: 

The size is 13” x 4” with a ¼” gutter in between each panel.  Each individual box is close to 3.25 inches.  In print, the strip is reduced to 6” x 1.84”  Check out:  http://www.netplaces.com/cartooning/the-comic-strip/standard-size-requirements-2.htm for all measurement specifics.

With the measurement parameters in hand, it was time to create my template.  I think the best paper to use is Bristol, and I use standard Comic Book Bristol, that is 11” x 17”.  I drew up the sized boxes in the center of my 11”x17” page and cut them out, so I had a template I could use to trace my boxes on a new sheet of paper.  This way, every time I’m ready to draw a strip, I won’t have to re-measure the panels.

Using my template, I outlined the boxes for my first comic strip, and then I drew up the comic, inked it and scanned it in the computer.  Then I finished off the strip with the lettering and coloring. 

So, that’s how I got started on my “pilot” comic strip!  Let me know if my little experiment inspired you to start working on your own creation!

- Chip Perro
Writer, Director & Producer