MANIFESTO

for simple digital comics

How can you simplify comics, if you must? For starters, by setting a few constraints:

1. Wordless

Strip the strips from text1, let the drawings do the talking.

2. One Frame Fits All

The story reads a single panel2 at a time, on any device, filling the screen. Each panel must have the same ratio through the whole story, to ease online viewing.

3. Long Form

Long stories divided in small chunks3.

4. Freestyle Graphics

Any4 graphic style or technique will do, as long as pictures tell a story in sequences.

5. Add Music

In the spirit of silent films, you could watch SILENT COMICS with accompanying music5.

6. No advertising

Advertising-based revenue is not a viable model for webcomics, nor should it be.

SILENT COMICS are like silent films for comics.

The result is SILENT COMICS, a collection of visual stories in the making.

Books to watch.

Comics, Stripped of Words!

A reading-free experience! Perfect for people who can’t be bothered to read comics.

Love comics, but don’t feel like reading? — Silent comics are for you.

Not fond of comics but like picture books? — This is it. Coming to you on any device in the universal language of pictures.

Not the wordy type? — Watch Silent Comics.

Version 2.8.9 - June 2017

  1. Remove all dialogues, captions, and onomatopoeia. Text visible in the setting of a scene, e.g. letters painted on a wall, a graffiti in the background of a particular story is fine. Chapter numbers, subtitles, ISBN and text identifying the book title and its author are acceptable. 

  2. By design, the online version focuses on the smallest unit: the panel. This modular unit is also the cornerstone of the future print version’s grid. 

  3. Each post is a chapter or episode made of 12 to 24 panels. Not to be confused with the three or four panels cartoons and daily strips abounding on the web. Strips are a format apart, brevity makes them perfect for the web. Long form requires more attention from the audience. 

  4. Original artwork on paper is a good idea, not a rule. Traditional tools can give a touch of human fallibility to seamless digital interfaces. 

  5. Better yet, pick your own music, share your musical choice for each story, or compose an original soundtrack yourself.