Picking a Comic Title

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Re: Picking a Comic Title

Postby ejcoletta » August 9th, 2009, 1:55 pm

I always think of the name before I think of the comic.

I love the word "Heathen." Its derogatory, its archaic and yet its relevant. As an atheist, I'm aware that I'm constantly being barraged by Christian symbolism and a Christian world view. In our society, there's a culture war going on between Conservative Christians and progressive secularists who are battling to determine the country's future. So I made a comic where that culture war plays a huge part, and named it "Heathens." I wouldn't have gotten the idea for the comic without the word already in my mind.
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Re: Picking a Comic Title

Postby trenton_dawn » August 9th, 2009, 2:42 pm

Well, sometimes that works, but trying to develop a whole story out of a title seems like sort of a backwards way to do it.
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Re: Picking a Comic Title

Postby Gibson Twist » August 9th, 2009, 5:25 pm

trenton_dawn wrote:Well, sometimes that works, but trying to develop a whole story out of a title seems like sort of a backwards way to do it.


I don't disagree that it seems that way, but that's exactly how it happened with the work of which I'm most proud, Our Time in Eden. Pictures of You started out that way too, now that I think of it, even if I did end up changing the name later. Really, it's just another way to inspire ideas, picking a working title and imaging what story would follow it. As long as you don't become a prisoner to it, it can and does work as well as any other way.
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Re: Picking a Comic Title

Postby stripedwine » August 15th, 2009, 7:21 pm

I appreciate the brevity of single word titles. Aquapunk came about because it's a word that I made up, and it's recognizable. That's something you want to take into consideration when titling your project: marketability. Even if you don't intend on making money from your webcomic, being able to market yourself is important in reaching a wider audience. If the name of your comic sounds like a bazillion others, then a casual glance at the banner/title won't illicit much, and that's not really something that you want. :B
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Re: Picking a Comic Title

Postby JCM » August 16th, 2009, 6:39 pm

Usually, comic titles are supposed to come to you after you make the comic. If you do the title before thinking of a plot, or the first comic, or all those details for the comic's profile, you'll end up turning into a chicken, as nicely demonstrated on the first episode of the Dilbert cartoon series.
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Re: Picking a Comic Title

Postby sentiashinou » August 17th, 2009, 7:10 pm

JCM wrote:Usually, comic titles are supposed to come to you after you make the comic.

Hmm.. I think "supposed to" is a little strong.. I mean, the inspiration for a comic has to come from somewhere, and if that happens to be a word or phrase, I think it's perfectly valid (a good idea, even) to make that the title.

Then again I always have a hard time coming up with titles so maybe I'm a bit on the desperate side? xD
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Re: Picking a Comic Title

Postby Gibson Twist » August 17th, 2009, 11:00 pm

Don't mistake "usually does" for "supposed to". The only "supposed to" in titling a project is making it descriptive of the work it represents, and even that isn't a hard and fast rule. Conventional thinking leads to mediocrity.
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Re: Picking a Comic Title

Postby Afrohawkman » August 19th, 2009, 10:34 pm

I try to go for something both abstract and having meaning. Like, it's a hidden metaphor for something that only people paying attention to the comic would actually understand.
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