The newest, most influential category in the ever-changing world of publishing books is Children’s Graphic Novel. That is the difference that some people may still believe that comic novels, which are comics printed in books, are all children. Luckily a lot of people are very enlightened these days and realize that graphic novels are, in fact, written for audiences and types of readers as traditional books.
Confusion arises because the “graphic novel” is used to describe almost every kind of comic book, except for manga (Japanese comics). Unlike other parts of a bookstore, such as “Mystery,” “Science Fiction,” or “Romance,” “Graphic Novels” is not a genre, but a category. Like “Audio Books,” which can include many genres, “Graphic Novels” is not one book. In other words, until recently all sorts of photo novels have been put together in one category without content.
The good news is that Children’s Graphic Novel is the first type of breakthrough in the standard Graphic Novel section. Going on many levels, especially because bookstores need to be sensitive to the needs of customers — especially parents who do not want to buy things that are not appropriate for their children unknowingly.
So as a new section is engraved on the shelves of a bookstore, clever publishers recognize the need for materials to fill this new need. It is then that aspiring writers begin to smell the effects of the new trend. But what do they need to know if they hope to actually sell the Children’s Graphic Novel to the publisher? Let’s take a look at, and answer, some of the most frequently asked questions …
1) Do I need to be an artist?
No, but it doesn’t hurt if that’s the case, and your suggestion should include a complete Children’s Graphic Novel or a larger sample. If you are not an artist, you will need to find it. Humor is a way of looking at it, so even if you’re not an artist, it’s important to think about looks. If you want to keep a child’s attention throughout your Photo Novel, it is important to keep the graphics as powerful and attractive as your text. If this story or artwork seems boring, why would a child want to read your picture novel? For good guidance check out Will Eisner’s Comics and Sequential Art, Will Eisner’s Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative, and ScottMcCloud’s Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art.
2) How do I find a Children’s Graphic Novel artist?
There are many ways. First go to comedy meetings, especially those in big cities that contain portfolio reviews. Many professional or comedian artists attend these meetings in hopes of finding work by going to comedy editors. introduce yourself to these artists, explain that you hope to find an artist to work with to promote the Children’s Graphic Novel. You may feel an obligation to work with the first artist who is willing to work with you. It would be good to suggest that you are looking for the right artist for your project, and that you will need to review the work of several artists to find the right one. Another way to find an artist is to review the samples sent to deviantart.com
3) Do I need a contract with an artist?
For security, it is best to have a written agreement between you and your artist before you start working together. For the best legal advice it is always best to consult a lawyer. But if that doesn’t work, you should get a written agreement between you and your artist that explains as much as possible, especially as much as possible. You want to be fair, so the purpose of the agreement is to meet your expectations and objectives, and to make allowances for any party to move in case things go wrong. No matter, you should be clear that the copyright of your story belongs to you alone. The copyright of the paintings may belong to the artist.
4) Is there an app I can use to format my text?
It may be there, but you don’t have to. Comedy writing is like drama, television and film literature, except that it is divided into pages rather than scenes. While dialogue scenes can stay on the pages at the end, especially in games, comics and graphic novels are limited to how much art and dialogue can equal the page. It would be wise to study novels with illustrations like what you hope to do to get a clearer idea of word order in balloon words and captions. Keep in mind, there are no hard and fast rules. If you wish to be told in sequence without any dialogue at all, where you allow the images to tell a story (like the many dramatic sequences in Alfred Hitchcock’s films or the non-fiction sequence in Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret), it’s important to give your artist as much detail as possible. Unlike modern movie screen games that leave a character and set captions, as well as detailed details for each image, comic texts should have as much detail about the artist as possible.
5) Where can I see a sample?
Like everything else these days, you can find many comic texts online. The basics are very simple, as the short sample page shows:
Mr. Snuggles [Topic for Children’s Picture Novel]
Fifth page [This is the fifth page of jokes, not the 5th page of the script]
First panel: (Mr. Snuggles runs to the front door of the apartment with a teddy bear in his mouth.) [Description of first panel sketches.]
Captions 1: It is 6:00 pm and although Mr. Snuggles who can’t tell the time, somehow knows when Cortney is home. [Original caption text.]
Second Panel: (Cortney’s hand closure puts his key in the front door of the apartment. The key is in a series of key keys