I'm starting my first comic and I'm having trouble storyboarding the pages. What does your process for planning out comic pages look like?
When it comes to stories longer than 2 pages, we write a short page-by-page screenplay before we start working. We gauge how much action/dialogue we can fit in one page and pray we can work according to script. Sometime we change things in the process. Most of the time I have a relatively solid layout idea in my head before I sit down to draw.
I don’t think I’m amazing at paneling and overall composition but I try to make sure my pages aren’t exact copies of each other composition-wise, panels + speech bubbles are in a readable order and the latter are not covering anything important.
I don’t care about the quality of my layout drawings. I’ll refine sketches later or hand them down for @cameronaugust to draw if it’s a collab. If halfway the page I feel like I need more space, I just select and squish panels. For comparison, here are some pages with their layouts:
^see, how some of the drawings are kinda squished on the layout on that last page? It’s because they turned out too big or were positioned wrong and I had to resize them. It’s kind of like a tetris of ideas. If something doesn’t work, you try another solution until you find something you can roll with. Those sketches are just crappy throwaway place-holders, you should be 100% willing to sacrifice them while planning.