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Photo Comics: For Those Who Don’t Know How to Draw

What is Photo Comics

Photo Comics: For Those Who Don’t Know How to Draw

What is Photo Comics?

If you haven’t heard about it, there’s actually a new creative option for people – who can’t draw – but are interested in making their own comic book. And, this is called photo comics. So, instead of illustrations, it uses photographs, usually accommodated with word balloons and narrative text, to tell a story. Okay, it’s not really that new as it was first done in the 1940s. But still, it’s great, right?

Photo Comics is a mix of photography and comic books. So, it involves taking pictures of people or anything you want to focus your story about. It can be motionless objects, scenes, toys, or even posed dolls. With this, photographers can put their photos and make a comic out of them!

In addition, photocomics are arguably much cheaper and less time consuming than the regular process of comic books. And, this is because photos already have color, style, and artistic lighting that you only need to tweak a few times to get the perfect image you want.

Also known as fumetti or photonovels, photo comics have been used for medical education, tell original melodramas, and turn films and TV works into print. Some popular examples of film adaptations that were turned into photo comics are “The Lord of the Rings (1978)”, “Charlie’s Angels (2000)”, and “Star Trek”.

History of Photo Comics

History of Photo Comics

As we’ve said earlier, photo comics have been around since the 1940s. And, it originated in no other than the beautiful country of Italy. It reached its peak with the Italian crime photo comic entitled “Killing” which was produced from 1966 to 1969. This was then reprinted in other countries and revived many, many times since.

This technique then entered the United States and became successful with Help! Magazine which ran from 1960 to 1965. And in the 1980s, photo comics were pretty common in British magazines with the likes of Jackie. And, a few are actually still published till today.

For a time – or more like decades – the interest in photo comics has certainly waned down. However, thanks to several software applications, people can now add thought bubbles, speech bubbles, word balloons, sound effects, and turn their personal photos into comic strips.

Why Use Photos for Comics?

Like illustrations, photographs can be used for sequential storytelling. They can be placed in a specific order to convey a message or tell a story. And, when added with dramatic narration, photos can help readers develop empathy. More than that, photos are visually appealing – exactly what comics are known for.

And, of course, you know comic books are very colorful. As a photographer, you can use this element and capture photos that are full of color. This can make your photo comic not only look nice but also create the mood you want to portray.

Images that are captured by photographers, like an artist’s illustrations, can easily catch an audience’s eye. And, if you are more of a photographer than an illustrator, you can put in the same perspective, composition, and tones into your photos and give it the visual impact regular comic books have. Add in some word balloons, plotline, a little “Zap” here, some “Pow” there, and a big “Boom!” and you’ll have the photo comic that anyone would just love to see and read.

What Can You Do with Photo Comics?

What is Photo Comics

Aside from entertainment, photo comics are today’s form of comics which you can use as a tool for many things. For one, you can use it to communicate your ideas, discuss a topic, and point out a specific issue in society.

Other than that, since photos cross cultural barriers, are striking and draws the attention of many, you can use it to advertise, teach, and even enhance your business communications. See, you can use it as a way for your customers to understand what you want to say.

Turning Your Photos Into Comics

Now, maybe you want that comic book effect to have that authentic feel. Well, you can do that too! Still, no need for you to bring out your pen and paper to do so. You can finally put a comic strip together and give it your own emotion! How? There are many applications today that will help you turn your photos into comics. And, it can do so by giving you templates, background colors, as well as speech bubbles!

It’s amazing how easy it is to do this now, changing your beautiful and stunning photos into convincing pen-and-ink style drawings. These apps can be truly useful for amateur and professional photographers who just love telling stories.


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