What's the most important part of comic book creation?
Ron Randall at Northwest Comic Fest 2015
During his TREKKER presentation at Northwest Comic Fest 2015, Ron Randall discussed his training and what it takes to be an artist that works in the comic medium. It isn’t enough to be a good artist, comic creator must be good story tellers, too.
“The primary goal of being a storyteller,” says Randall, “is to pull the reader into the story.”
As a comic creator, Randall says that he doesn’t want people to notice when he has drawn a panel particularly well because that would contribute to pulling them out of the story. Instead, he would rather that the story be so well told that the art felt like it was natural and immersed the reader into the story.
“The writing comes first,” says Randall. “A story has proportions just like a paper drawing does.”
Randall attended the Joe Kubert School and learned at the hands of a master storyteller. Kubert taught him that each panel needs to have one focus. It can have other things going on in the panel, but the single focus should be clear. Randall says that this makes every page of a script another challenge.
Even if story is important to a comic artist, Randall says there is something more important for every artist.
“The most important thing is that you have to enjoy having your butt in a chair, drawing, a long time,” says Randall.
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