The Supervillain: How to Build a Formidable Foe

“I’ve got you now! Mwahahaha!” *five minutes later* “Mwaha-ha-ha. Do you like my laugh?” asked the supervillain. If you haven’t guessed already, we’re talking about supervillains today. They are a proud and noble race that battle it out against our superheroes. Without them causing trouble, we wouldn’t have a story for our heroes and anti-heroes. Because […]

How to Create a Superhero (Part 2): Origin Stories

Welcome to part two of how to create a superhero (you can read part one here)! Last time, we talked about what a superhero is and their amazingly detailed history. Today, we’re looking at putting that history into action. Superheroes are still characters in a story, and like every other character type, they needed to […]

How to Create a Superhero (Part 1): The History

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Is that Superman? Nah. it’s just a superhero. It’s just your run of the mill superhero with gifts out of this world – or a bottle. But is that all there is to this cultural icon that has cleaned up at the box office in recent years, or are […]

How to Write a Comic Strip Everyone Will Love

As we all know, the comic strip has been around for a while. We have chuckled over the funnies in the Sunday newspaper or giggled at their antics while browsing the web. But I don’t think many of us think about the work that goes into creating those panels each week. It’s for this very […]

Manga: The Japanese Comic Genre

Manga is a popular art form in Japan that covers various genres. It has also found a home in North America in recent years. And since we’re talking about comics, I thought we’d look at the Japanese version. Manga can be a little off-putting to those of us who haven’t dipped our toes into the […]

How to Write a Graphic Novel from Start to Finish

According to an annual report released by ICv2 and Comichron, graphic novel and comic sales hit $1.21 billion in 2019, which is significant. Graphic novels and comics have been gaining popularity in the past 20 years due to various factors, which we’ll get into below. Most importantly, though, they are getting more shelf time at comic book stores and book […]

How to Write the Perfect Mustache-Twirling Villain

An all-important truth has become clear to me recently. The hero of your story isn’t the most important character. Your villain is. Villains drive your plot forward, not the protagonist. Sure the protagonist has to accept the challenge that your villain issues, but without that push back from the villain, they have nothing to do. […]

False Antagonist: What Are They & How to Use Them

False Antagonist

There isn’t much out there about the false antagonist. They’re a rare phenomenon in literature. It’s more of an idea than a character type that needs to be developed. Most people like to think of the antagonist as the bad guy, first and last. Sure. There may be a few enemies to defeat along the […]

How to Create the Worst Antagonists Around Town

Not many people like antagonists. They’re supposed to annoy the protagonists; to foil the plans of the heroes and create conflict. They are supposed to be a villain for our heroes to defeat. They create the conflict in our stories because they stand in the way of what we most want: money, power, for good […]

False Protagonist: What are They and How to Use Them

This quote by TV Tropes sums up the false protagonist beautifully: So you’ve got your hero. They practically have a giant neon sign over their head that says they’re a hero. It might be subtle, but it’s fairly obvious you’ve found the person who’ll save the day, get the girl/guy, and live a long and […]