Tips in Writing and Paneling Comics

Words and Images by Herbs Navasca

1) Moment-to-Moment Transition. Shows basic movement or very short passage of time. By using this type of transition, pinapahaba mo iyong isang moment. Parang binibigyan mo ng emphasis iyong maliit na gesture.

(Panels from Earth 0, illustrated by Jana Dhel)

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2) Action-to-Action. Shows a single subject moving over a single action. Mas mahaba nang kaunti ang pagitan ng action kaysa sa moment-to-moment, pero maikli pa rin. Madali pa rin itong masusundan ng nagbabasa.

(Panels from Guniguni, illustrated by Reah Padullo)

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3) Subject-to-Subject. Together, the panels show a single scene but the time or space difference is farther apart. Kailangan mag-isip ng kaunti ng reader para magkaroon ng meaning ang juxtaposition ng panels.

(Panels from Poster Boy, illustrated by Rica Angela Padullo)

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4) Scene-to-Scene. Shows a common theme / topic even if the things happening in the panels are from a different place or time. Medyo kailangan na pag-isipan para ma-gets ang koneksiyon ng mga panels. Kung ayaw pahirapan ang reader, puwede naman lagyan ng caption tulad ng: “meanwhile” or “10 years ago…”

(Panels from Mga Walang Panahong Diyos ng Pag-ibig, illustrated by Kirejan Javier; Laws of Love, illustrated by Rosadel Muncada)

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5) Aspect-to-Aspect. This is when the juxtaposition of panels evoke emotion or feeling. Ipinapadama sa `yo ng writer / illustrator kung ano ang mood ng eksena. Kahit walang dialogue, `wag mong madaliin ang paglipat ng pahina. Namnamin mo ang bawat panel. Damhin mo ang bawat guhit.

(Panels from MWPDNP, Poster Boy and Earth 0)

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6) Non-Sequitor. Ito iyong kapag (parang) walang kinalaman ang mga panels sa isa’t-isa. Kailangan talagang mag-isip ng malalim para lubos na maunawaan kung ano ba talaga ang relasyon ng mga panels. Pero puwede rin namang wala talagang kinalaman sa isa’t-isa. Relaks, it’s just fiction.

(Panels from Ode to Art, illustrated by Jake Vicente)

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Types of Picture-word Combo in Comics

1) Word specific. This is where the words / texts mainly tell the story in the page. Mage-gets pa rin kahit walang illustration sa panel.

(Sample panels from A Decade of Waiting, illustrated by Enjelia Villanueva, Genesis by Crisca Jallorina)

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2) Picture specific. This is where the illustration mainly tells the story in the panel. Kung may text man, it serves only as sound effects. Silent comics fall under this category. Maiintindihan pa rin ang gustong sabihin kahit walang text.

(Panels from Shared Spaces, illustration by Jonathan Ipan)

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3) Additive. This is where the words reinforce the illustration, or the art reinforces the texts. The illustration is conveying the same thing as the words, which amplifies the message.

(Panels from Apple on the Road, illustration by Enjelia Villanueva)

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4) Montage. This is where the texts / words are part of (integrated into) the illustration.

(Panels from Poster Boy, illustrated by Rica Angela Padullo, Mga Walang Panahong Diyos ng Pag-ibig, illustrated by Kirejan Javierb and Genesis illustrated by Crisca Jallorina)

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6) Interdependent. This is where the text and the illustration need each other to make sense in the panel / page.

(Panels from Earth 0 +- 1, illustrated by Jana Dhel)

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