Q:Dear André, what are (in your opinion) the top 5 mistakes people do, when creating comics? Thank you very much in advance for your kind answer.
I can’t generalize a critique like that, it would be presumptuous of me to do that. I always try to be critical towards what I read but every book is a different book. What I can tell you is what are the mistakes I try to avoid when making comics. Obviously you can extrapolate from that and apply it to other books. I think it pretty much can be summarized into this idea:
My first concern is ALWAYS storytelling. I try to have every bit of the comic working as properties of the narrative, including characters designs, dialogue, sequences, plot, panel layouts, camera angles, every bit of it. So I go with something that serves the story in all cases, avoiding things just because they can be cool, like a splash page here or there, clever one-liners, design tricks that don’t serve any purpose other that offer a beautiful shell without any content. We can create things with the most amazing surface, but if there’s nothing inside it won’t hold, so my main concern is always to inject substance to any book I work on.