15 Minute Comic Exercise

For this exercise you will need:

  • pens
  • paper
  • a timer
  • a friend (or two or three—the more the merrier).

Give everyone a sheet of paper and a pen, set the timer for 15 minutes, and have everyone write a title at the top of their page.  This title shouldn’t be too specific—not “How I cut myself with a fishing hook.”  “Fishing Disaster” has many more creative options.

Now, have everyone pass their titled page to the person on their left and start the timer.  The person who receives the titled page has 15 minutes to make a one-page comic based on the given title. When the timer goes off, share your comic with all the other participants and anyone else who would like to see it.  Don’t worry if your artwork isn’t as good as your favorite comic artist or that you spell a word or two wrong.  This is an exercise.  It is not intended to be a piece of final artwork, and like all exercises, the more repetitions the better. Maybe you could set up a schedule of doing this exercise at a certain time every day.

After you’ve done a few of these one-pagers, try going back and improving one—work on inking and lettering, improving the dialogue, and paying more attention to detail in each panel.  Also, look out for part 2 of this how-to series, where we will share some of our 15-minute creations!

Until then,


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