4 Reasons You Should Write a Long Form Graphic Novel
The time has come. Clear your desk, grab a coffee, and start writing that long form graphic novel you’ve been thinking about! We all know it’s there, in the back of your mind, itching to claw its way out. Give in to the dark side, here are 4 reasons you should write a long form graphic novel.
You’re an artist, and that means you have the unique ability to tell stories through your art. Sure, shorter comics and toons can be great for quick, punchy storytelling, but I’m here to tell you there’s something special about the long form graphic novel. Extended, longer narratives allow you to really dig deep into your characters and their world, creating a deeper bond and a richer, more immersive experience for your readers.
It’s a daunting task, and it can be tough to keep yourself motivated on your slug through the swamps on the way to Mordor, but here are 4 reasons you should write a long form graphic novel.
Fully Explore your Characters and World
Nothing deepens your bond with your world and characters more than writing a long form story about them. In a graphic novel you have the space to really flesh out your characters and the world they inhabit. It’s a rewarding experience and before you know it your characters will spring to life and will start living in your mind as if they were real. They’ll have a will and thoughts of their own, and will start guiding you through their own story. Very few things can beat that feeling.
An Opportunity to Tell a More Complex Story
A long form graphic novel gives you room to tell a more complex and layered story. A story that can be more nuanced and multi-faceted, that dives into subplots and takes time for character development. This can be especially rewarding if you have a story idea that you feel really passionate about and want to explore on a deeper level.
A Chance to Connect with your Readers on a Deeper Level
Long form graphic novels not only provide a deeper experience for you as an artist, they also create a more immersive experience for your audience. They’ll spend more time with your characters and really get to know them, which will lead to a deeper connection and stronger engagement with your work. Do your job well and your characters will not only live in your mind, they’ll also start living – rent-free – in your readers minds. What’s cooler than that?
A Way to Showcase your Artistic Skills
Short form comics can lift a tip of the veil of your artistic abilities, but nothing can showcase your full potential like a long form graphic novel. It’s the ultimate way to showcase your storytelling abilities and your unique vision with the world. Creating a long form graphic novel is no easy feat, and completing one is a testament to your dedication, creativity and artistic skills.
I want to leave you with a word of caution though. Creating a long form graphic novel has probably been one of the most difficult journeys I’ve ever ventured on. It requires a lot of blind trust and a big leap of faith, but ultimately the trip is as rewarding as it is challenging. If you feel up to the task, the time and effort you put into it will pay off in the end, as you’ll have a beautiful and immersive story to share with the world.
It’s a daunting challenge, but if you’ve got that story clawing away at your brain, let this be a hand reaching out to help you release it – it could lead to some of your most fulfilling and meaningful work.
Remember though, it’s dangerous to go alone, so feel free to join the Jagsters Discord for some support!