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Author and Illustrator K. Michael Crawford teaches you step-by-step how to create your own comic book in 6 DVD videos and a workbook.

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Workbook Cover
Workbook Cover

How to create your own Comic Book

by K. Michael Crawford

In the Legend of Elighard, Henry doesn't know he is suppose to be King and Knight Briam wants to be King at any cost. Throw in a land pirate, a few dwarves and a turtle and you have yourself the making of the next comic book. With cast of characters like that, the possibilities for the story can take off in many different directions and could be the next comic book.

Knight Briam on his happy stead.
Knight Briam on his happy stead.

Want to learn how to create a comic book? Well, you have come to the right place. After years of teaching the young at heart and those wanting to be the next Stan Lee how to create their own comic book with wonderful characters and backgrounds, I decided that it was time to share my class with the world. Is that a plane, or a bird in the sky? No, it's your new Super Hero coming to a comic book store near everyone.

Spot is getting a little loving from Queen Lyngoon
Spot is getting a little loving from Queen Lyngoon

"How to create your own Comic Book" Workbook and the 6-part videos was developed from years of me teaching the class. Believe me, it has been quite a story and journey teaching it all those years. I still laugh at some of the characters the kids created in their projects. Some very good ones. It took years to fine tune the information, so not only was I teaching kids how to develop their own comic book, but I was teaching them how to use their imagination skills to create all kinds of projects., They could take the information I taught them and transfer it to create an animation, children's books or comic strips. If they could dream it up in my comic book class, I would showed them how to bring it to life with art and words.

Doge, Tuck and Henry hiding from the dragon.
Doge, Tuck and Henry hiding from the dragon.

The 6 DVD videos and the workbook allows the viewer to learn step-by-step methods and to create their own comic book through a group project I developed to teach those skills that I use in the videos. The viewer gets to see how the work is done and learns how to do it. They are taught like a professional artist using all the skills needed to create a professional looking comic book. Everything is covered in detail from writing your story outline to completing final art. Everything an artist needs to know in how to complete their own comic book.

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Risks and challenges

There were big monsters in my closet in doing this project. It started out as a simple idea. Yeah, right! Don't they all. After all, I have been teaching kids how to create their own comic books for years now. I loved watching them as they conceived their idea and developing it into a real comic book that they could actually show family and friends what they created. I had taught the class for so long that I never wrote any of the information down on paper. The material was in my head, so when I would stand in front of the class all the information poured out of me like a waterfall. So, I thought all I had to do was to stand in front of the camera and film it. I found out quickly that it doesn't work that way with filming. The viewer couldn't ask questions, so I had to make sure I covered everything which introduced the first purple spotted monster rearing his fang covered mouth.

I knew what I had to do, although wasn't all that excited about it. I pulled out paper and pencil and began to write all the information down on paper. I am a doer and to list all the steps in this "how to" book was my first challenge. Some days there was lots of hair pulling moments and it wasn't pretty, but you do what you need to do with you want the project out there.

The next monster that came out of the closet was when I realized that I had been using other people's characters to teach my class. I didn't want to have to pay all those people royalties, so I had to create my own story and characters. Each character had to be developed so that one character could communicate and show what I needed to teach for that type of character. Using other people's characters let me show a number of characters as a certain type of character, such as villain. My creation of the villain had to show all the aspects, good and bad, in creating a great villain. That's a tough job, but I feel that I accomplished it with Knight Briam, the villain in the group project.

Everything started coming together with the workbook and I started filming when the next monster came out of the closet. I realized that I needed to put the videos on DVD's so that they could be watched on a TV or a computer. This monster was ugly, because I realized that I would need financial help on this one. That's where Kickstarter and you come into the story. I hope that you can help me slay this monster.

For the last four years I have been producing one book a year and publishing them all under my imprint, Happily Ever Art Publishing. I have been chief bottle washer and captain of every ship that has anything to do with selling, promoting and marketing these books. I have been putting all my money back into my company to make these books successful. I have actually given up stuff, just so I could get my books out there. Every month I set up places to exhibit my work, comic con or events to sell my books at and I do school presentations to introduce my book to kids. I am working very hard to get kids to use their imagination, so that they can see all the possibilities and make good choices in their lives. An imagination is a terrible thing to waste.

I can't see any more monsters coming out of the closet on this project, but don't hold me to that. I didn't see the other ones either. So far, I have slay the monsters that have appeared and hopefully will slay any future ones. I plan to have the project completed to sell at MegaCon in March 2013. If you would like to see some of my other books and projects, please feel free to visit my website: http://www.happilyeverart.com

I do have one finally question. Does any one know what a monster eats? The last monster won't go back into the closet until I feed him.

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