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    How would I fit my comic strip onto Instagram?


    I heard Instagram is good for artists, but my comic Pixy Byte is a vertical comic strip, and the format of Instagram is rectangular/square. Is there a way I could still fit my comic strip onto Instagram? How?
    Thanks so much in advance smile


    Instagram isn't a really good app for comic sharing. For me I tend to just post part of a page and then tell people where to find the rest.

    I've gotten a few new readers that way, and it also helps my fans know when I've updated. I usually get at least one comment from someone saying "Yay! Gonna go read now!" or something of that nature.

    I have seen some people posts an entire comic in individual panels on insta, but I personally find it a little annoying since it clogs up everyone's feeds?


    Yeah I definitely don't want to post each panel separately onto Instagram, but I don't really want to create an all new layout of my comic just for Instagram lol. Posting part of a page sounds like a good idea, but I'd think some people wouldn't want to have to go outside of Instagram to read the comic. I'm glad it works for you smile it seems like it could be very beneficial, since so many people are on Instagram, but I can see where it would be difficult for comic artists.


    Yeah I think a mot of people probably are not willing to leave instagram and go type the website in elsewhere and stuff... but some people are?

    It also kind of stinks that instagram makes the images so small and you can't zoom in. I know if I were to post a full comic page there no one would be able to read it or see what was happening hahah


    Back when I was trying out instagram, I actually just reformatted my panels to fit within the size limitation much like I do for reformatting pages for vertical format. However, this took a lot of time and eventually I just stopped with Instagram. I don't like how I can't upload to the site on the computer, it has to be with a mobile app or download a special software on my desktop Ugh!


    Most of the artists I know personally who use instagram a lot don't use it to share their comics -- they use it as a place to share sketches, works in progress, and other art -- a place to get to know you better as an artist. Do you draw much outside of making your comic?


    That's a good point, even if I did make the comic fit in the proportions for Instagram, the text would be impossible to read!
    Instagram really isn't nice to comic artists lol


    Yeah I realized how much of a pain Instagram was when I couldn't do anything from my desktop. I managed to figure out how to get my art from my computer to my phone, onto Instagram, then I ran into the size problem lol. Just a big mess. The square comic looks good, but personally I wouldn't want to redo all my comics like that just to fit Instagram.


    That's a really great idea. Unfortunately, no, I either just doodle or draw Pixy Byte comics.


    I uploaded a few pages of Go-Bee to generate interest. The page is 750x1031 at 150 dpi and I use a size 12 font, but that may change with your chosen font, so it displays well on a phone screen. You can see the results on instagram/hotwab

    Hope it helps!


    It might be a thing to consider! And it'd be something that's helpful on all social media -- in my opinion/experience, most social media doesn't work very well if you just post your comic and that's all.

    If you started doing something like, one of those sketch-a-day challenges, or a fun warm-up sketch before you started drawing your comic for the week, or something like that, it would not only be great practice art-wise, but it would also be a thing to post on tumblr/twitter/instagram/etc that's more personal than "hey my comic updated!"

    If I ran into someone on social media with a comic I hadn't read, and all of their posts were "hey my comic updated, check it out!" -- I would not follow them. But if they were doing a sketch-a-day challenge and posting new sketches sort-of-daily along with their comic updates, I might follow them if I liked the kind of stuff they were drawing. And eventually I'd probably check out their comic.


    Your comic is also more square than mine, mine is completely vertical, and I don't really want to completely change the layout of my comic strip just to be able to go on Instagram. Thanks though smile


    That makes a lot of sense, thanks so much for the ideas!


    one of those sketch-a-day challenges, or a fun warm-up sketch before you started drawing your comic for the week

    I really like those ideas! I might try those out! Thanks again! smiley


    I use instagram all the time for my comic. I've gotten some subs and followers for it too! My instagram for examples of what i mean I usually just crop the most interesting thing out of an unpublished page add a filter or text or something and with a questionable summary. and hashtag it like no tomorrow along with just promo art, random art, my dogs and my cats, etc. every time saying link in my bio which the link to tap and my fb page are all that's there. it works for me. do i save all my pages to my phone? reformat? draw something specifically for instagram? pffft no way. i just screen cap from here and crop it out. i use it as previews sort of. you could maybe do a one off a comic that fits in the parameters of Instagram.
    i just can't get the hang of twitter. lmao hope it works out for you !


    I don't use instagram much but for other sites I re format my vertical strip into a more square version (as others have already said) which works quite well as below. It can ruin the comedic timing a little bit, what with having all panels visable at once but I don't think it effects it too much. Once I'm more popular I will probably change to just posting a section and a link but whilst Im trying to build a fan base this method works quite well for me.

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    With the veritable cornucopia of art and comics being created and made available across the web and on Instagram, it can be hard to know which artists are actually worth the time (or the follow). We’ve compiled a list of some of the greatest webcomics available to follow on Instagram. Whether you’re looking for something absurd to brighten up your day or you’re looking for something too deep to get you thinking about your place in the universe, Instagram is home to some fantastic artists creating some of the most unique and exciting works available.

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    If you couldn’t tell by his handle, artist Fran Krause’s revolves around what we all (or, in some cases, a few select people) fear. It can be anything from a illustrated fear of shrinking down to a size where your cat would mistake you for a delicious treat to something more realistic like that time mom told you she woke up in the middle of the night randomly when her mother died; making it incredibly difficult to fall back asleep when you wake up in the middle of the night randomly. So if you’re looking to be comforted by the fact that you’re not alone with your fears or just interested to see what’s going on in someone else’s head, you’re likely to find some comic that hits a little too close to home.

    9. @Explosmofficial

    @Explosmofficial is an essential follow for fans of the Cyanide & Happinesswebcomic, but more than that, it’s an essential follow for anyone looked to brighten up their scrolling with some truly absurd comics and short videos. For a lot of people Cyanide & Happiness was the first webcomic they really followed, so naturally, when Instagram started gaining popularity the creators of Cyanide & Happiness saw the perfect platform to help spread their particular brand of crazy comedy to the masses. Give them a follow if you’re looking to add some shockingly weird (but always funny) comics to your timeline.

    8. @Awkwardyeti

    If you were ever curious as to what your internal organs were thinking and saying behind your back, then @Awkwardyeti is a webcomic creator that needs to be on your timeline. Artist Nick Seluk has created some of the most honest, awkward, and hilarious comics available on Instagram. So if learning how your tongue convinces your heart to make your brain give up on a post-holiday diet, or you’re just wondering who the heart and brain feel about the holidays, then @Awkwardyeti is one artist you need to make yourself familiar with.

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    As you can probably tell by the handle, @introvertdoodles tackles the subject of what it’s like being an introvert in a highly extroverted world. From the struggles that come from needing both an immense level alone time while also wanting to constantly be loved on to the absolute and unquestionable joys of simply getting back into bed, @Introvertdoodles has something that both introverts and extroverts alike can take away from her honest and comedic comics. So if you’re an introvert just looking for something you can relate to or an extrovert trying to gain a better understanding of your more introverted friends, artist Maureen “Marzi”  Wilson is likely to have doodled something you’ll be able to enjoy.

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    How to Layout Your Comic! Panels, Gutters, and Page Flow


    Dynamic Frames in Comics!

    As a comic artist, I have come across many different ways to tell a story. A good story needs pacing, flow, and balance. We achieve this through character movement, character acting, and how and where we choose to begin or end scenes and sequences; but one of the overlooked tools of storytelling is the panel or frame, and it’s silent partner, the gutter.



    The panel is the border that wraps around a single moment in a comic. Its job is to contain an illustration that puts forth an idea. The contents of each panel should be a complete thought, but sometimes the thought you need for a panel can fill a paragraph or be as short as a single word. Beyond the contents of a panel, it is a storytelling tool by itself. By containing that idea, it is separating that idea from the one previous and the one before. It’s literally a wall that says to the reader “here is a complete idea, read it and move onto the next.” When I lay out a page, I will think about:


    1. What are the beginning and endpoints of the page?
    2. What needs to happen between those two points to tell the progress from beginning to end?
    3. How many steps will tell that progression best and what needs to be included in each step?
    4. Translate those steps to panels/ frames.
    5. How do I expect the reader to move from one panel to the next?
    6. How does the last panel lead to the next page?


    I begin with thumbnails that move me through the story of a page. I will often layout each panel as an individual so things that will later be insets or big panels will all be the same size. This allows me to see which ones should be bigger or smaller or insets, where I can get rid of the border, and decide what kinds of frames I want.



    I make sure that the panels lead the reader from left to right and down to mimic the usual reading pattern of a western-style comic book. All the action within the panels leads you across the page or down to the next tier of panels.



    The final page should read something like this:



    Leading the reader through the page line through page image. Double page spread.



    Leading the reader to the next page

    There are different panel types which are useful tools to know for storytelling. They are pretty standard but they can be used in different ways and combinations to create drama in your story. Adding multiple panels to an action can draw out time, show detail, or show the steps of the action, otherwise unseen. Using progressions such as a “zoom in” can create excitement or tension when telling a story.


    Some useful panel types:

    • A close-in single Headshot




    • A close up of character or object




    • A distant shot for establishing scenes or showing wide action




    • A silhouette shot gives an opportunity for drama



    • A single character in backgrounds
    • One character foreground, one character background
    • Action shot


    Organizing panels: The gutter

    The space between the panels is called the gutter. If each panel is an idea, Its job is to be the space between ideas, to give the reader a moment to absorb the contents of the first panel before connecting that idea with the contents of the next panel. Traditionally a gutter is always the same width, which implies a fairly smooth transition from panel to panel with no accent or alteration to the reading. A wider panel border, leaving the reader more time and space to rest and think about the story can be a nice option for creating time in-between moments.


    Gutter and no gutter examples:


    Overlapping panels:

    Removing panel borders tends to make the contents of two panels bleed together either making them confusing to read, or creating a sense that two actions are happening at once. If I am looking to lead the reader from one picture to another or give the feeling that one or more panels are happening either simultaneously or directly after, I will overlap panels. But it’s a difficult trick because you need to make sure that elements of one panel don’t bleed into another panel making it hard to separate the beats of the page.



    Varying Gutter Width:
    Effective gutters usage can increase the realism of a scene.





    Other ways panels can be used to tell a story

    Panels can be used to tell the story simply through their shape and by the lines creating the panels. Switching scenes can be done using different style panel borders to allow a reader to understand that we are now in a different place. You can use different styles of borders to show that characters are in a new world, state of being, or even to represent a shift in time as in a memory or a premonition. With a memory or premonition or a change of state, you can choose many different styles of lines for panels, maybe wavy lines for a memory, or shocking broken up lines for a premonition, altering the shape of the line will help the reader know we are entering a different type of scene.



    To frame or not to Frame:

    Sometimes a powerful effect can be created by dropping out a frame from a page in order to accentuate a specific object or action. This pairs well with a standalone object, or a silhouette. These panels go to the edge of the paper beyond the “safe” area of the panels.



    All of these types of panels go into building a strong and well story-told page like this.



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    Finally, these are all just ways of approaching storytelling. Creating your own sense of pacing and movement between panels will come to you as you work and develop your style. Trying all of these different types of panels in your layouts can be a good way to test run a device before committing to a final page layout.


    Go out and tell some great stories!


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    Even if you can’t draw a stick person, you can still express yourself and tell stories through the time-honored tradition of sequential art.

    Got a tale to tell but don’t want to bang it out as a traditional book? Try doing it as a digital comic — and ignore anyone who thinks visual narratives are a lesser art form or basic fodder for Hollywood action movies. The tradition of storytelling through sequential art has a long and noble history, used in ancient cave paintings, Roman carvings, tapestries and woodblock printing.

    Even if you can’t draw or paint, you can still construct a comic. Some educators have found the medium to be a good way to entice children into creative writing. Thanks to a variety of apps, you can make your digital comics on a smartphone, a tablet, a computer or even a plain old piece of paper. Here’s a guide.

    Study the Craft

    Before you dive in, decide what type of comic you want to make: A single scene like a cartoon from The New Yorker? A “Peanuts”-style comic strip consisting of two or more panels? A comic book with a heroic protagonist like the Black Panther? Or perhaps a manga adventure or a lengthy graphic memoir like Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home”?

    If you’re not sure how to begin, the web is full of free advice, including a short guide by the author Neil Gaiman. If your local bookstore is closed or you can’t order online, digital versions of instructional books like “Making Comics,” by Lynda Barry, and “Make Comics Like the Pros,” by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente, can be bought and downloaded without leaving the house.

    Reading comics can be inspiring, too. The digital store Comixology or a comic shop taking online orders can help you generate your own ideas.

    Can’t Draw? No Problem

    After you decide what type of comic you want to make, choose the right software for your project. If you’re not an artist and want something easy to learn, consider an app like Canva, Pixton and Storyboard That. These programs let you drag and drop characters, backgrounds and speech bubbles onto a digital canvas; all three are web based and work on a computer or a mobile device. (Another option, the free Make Beliefs Comix site, even encourages students to create their own visual pandemic diaries.)

    Although you start with stock objects on the screen, you can customize characters and their actions, then add your own dialogue. You need to create a user account to store and save your creations. Beyond limited versions and free trials, Canva, Pixton and Storyboard That each cost $10 to $13 a month for full access to comics-building content.

    For parents and educators looking to keep youngsters busy, the nonprofit Common Sense site has a guide to comics-making tools that also reviews the privacy practices of the apps.

    Make Comics With Photos

    If you can’t draw but can take pictures, you can craft comics out of the photos sitting on your smartphone. It’s a great way to turn the family pet into a superhero, relive a vacation or jazz up a presentation.

    ComicBook for iOS and Comic Strip Pro for Android (both $3) are two of the many apps in this category. Both work the same way: Start by selecting a frame or page layout for your comic. Next, import images from your phone’s camera roll as the illustrations for the panels.

    After you arrange the photos, apply filters to the images that make them look like panels in a printed comic. The apps include elements like customizable speech bubbles you can drag onto the images and digital stickers with graphical type (BAM!, POW! and such) to add a few classic comics accents to the page. When you’re finished, just export or email your comic to share it.

    Draw Your Own Comics

    When it comes to making your own comic, having artistic talent gives you a much wider range of expression and apps designed specifically for making comics from pencil sketches to distribution. The free MediBang Paint, a digital-painting and comics-creation program that runs on computers and mobile devices, is one app for artists.

    Artists using iPads have a lot to work with in Comic Draw, a full-featured digital studio that includes drawing tools, page templates, a script editor and perspective guides. The app is $10, but it offers a free 14-day trial.

    General illustration and drawing apps like Procreate can also make artwork for comics. But for parents worried that their children are staring at too many screens all day, there’s a more analog approach. Just search up a site (like Printable Paper) offering comic-book templates to download and print so young creators can make their worlds with pen and pencil. You can always scan or photograph the artwork later for digital saving and sharing.


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