Composing Comics: Design Rules For Creating Clearer Pictures

John McNamee, Cartoonist and Comedy Writer

Play Speed
  • 0.5x
  • 1x (Normal)
  • 1.25x
  • 1.5x
  • 2x
9 Videos (18m)
    • Intro

    • Assignment

    • Page

    • Guides

    • Panels

    • Drawing

    • Patterns

    • Textplacement

    • Conclusion

13 students are watching this class

About This Class

Comics are their own language. In this class, you'll learn the basic grammar of that language to help  make your comics more readable, more engaging, and better looking. From laying out the page, to how to place your text in a word bubble, this class is perfect for both the beginner and intermediate comic maker looking to take the look of their pages to the next level.

74 of 74 students recommendSee All

Makes me think of all the ways I can set up a comic. One critique I offer is that some comic value certain features. For example, one comic will focus on dialogue, so the layout should be simple and minimalistic. Another type will focus on emotions, so there’s more focus on the character and the atmosphere. I wonder if there’s enough information on that to make a video or series about. Overall recommended.
Udern Stroud


simple. easy to follow and execute!
Great class! I learned many useful techniques to help with my picture book illustrations.
Samantha Weitzel

Freelance Designer and Illustrator





John McNamee

Cartoonist and Comedy Writer

John McNamee is a comedy writer and cartoonist living in Los Angeles. He has contributed to the New Yorker, Mad Magazine, the Onion News Network, and Clickhole. John's comedy has been featured on CNN, IFC, McSweeny's, TV Guide, the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Gawker, and numerous other sites. He has studied and performed improv and sketch at the UCB theater in Los Angeles, where one of the founders once made fun of his pants on stage for like 2 minutes. John had it coming.

John has als...

See full profile