Rich Douek, Comics Experience Writing alum and Creators Workshop member, and writer/creator of the comic book Gutter Magic, recently penned a column for ComixTribe on the topic of page counts.
In the article, Rich focuses on "what and why the 'standard' page count" is 32 interior pages in a comic, with 22 pages of story, and "what that means to an indie creator."
Rich provides a nice explanation of how the offset printing process drives page counts being divisible by "4" because during the process the pages are printed on large, double-sided sheets of paper and then cut.
For 32 page comics, this works out to 8 large sheets, folded and cut down. If the comic has 22 pages of story, the rest of the book is often filled with advertising.
Since advertising is not necessarily a significant revenue source for indie creators, Rich offers some other ideas. Read the full article, and check out what Rich has to say right here.
You should also check out Rich's urban fantasy comic book, Gutter Magic or read more about the project at his website sixguncomics.com. We've really enjoyed seeing some of these stories come together during Comics Experience courses and on the Creators Workshop. Keep them coming, Rich!
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