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Storyboarding and page size Questions

Post by JGrubber » Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:22 pm

HI folks,

I have been thumbnailing a book about Samuel de Champlain (the expolrer who founded Quebec) , and I am ready to move to larger images, but I am not sure of the best approach.

I have a few questions:

1. Anyone use Quarkxpress for layouts? I have played with it to design a school yearbook and a few other projects, but is it something people use for comics/graphic novels? It is powerful, but is it appropriate?

2. I have no publisher lined up - is there a best default format (page size etc.) that I should stick to? An industry standard set of measurements?

Any thoughts?

thanks,

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Re: Storyboarding and page size Questions

Post by jdalton » Wed Jul 16, 2008 3:39 pm

JGrubber wrote: 2. I have no publisher lined up - is there a best default format (page size etc.) that I should stick to? An industry standard set of measurements?
Depends on who ends up publishing it. Superhero books are very size-standardized (just grab a superhero book and measure it), and manga in this part of the world is somewhat standardized (though there is some variation), but as far as I know for anyone else the exact measurements don't matter. Which, considering your story, means you can probably make it any size you want.
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Post by nateomedia » Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:19 pm

1. Quark would be good to layout your book, but not the pages. That is, you should finalize your page in Photoshop (from a scan, digital, whatever) and then drop the final tif file into Quark. Quark will allow you to take all your pages and design them into a nice looking book -- that's what Quark does.

2. A friend of mine won a Xeric grant a year or two ago and published a little non-standard size comic. He said that he would have saved a lot of money if he'd stuck to the standard comic book size. Basically, there are few printers that handle comics and they have to adjust their equipment if you have a crazy format. And they charge more for that.

Well, that's what my friend said, at least. Someone here may know better.

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Post by JGrubber » Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:23 am

I was curious- if anyone knows- what are the standard sizes out there?

I like the size of Amulet and Bone- does anyone know what the technical term for that size of book is? My thumbnails actually fit close to that size, and I want to be sure of things before i get into detailed drawings etc. and have to crop things.

That being said, thanks for the tip about photoshop and quark- i think thats they way i will do things-I have worked a lot with quark, but i am a p-shop rookie, and am starting into digital colouring, but I am in this for the long haul so it will be worth it.

I think it was the flexibility of quark that i liked for picture placement. Then i did a lot more research on the page itself being a panel of panels and have done a lot more work on page staging. The reason being, when i started this project, i wasn't exactly sure where it was going- if t was going to be a story, or a series of images and their descriptions. As it is now, its somewhere between biography and historical fiction. I have Champlain's diaries for narration, plus my own additions of narration and dialogue.

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