Comic artist PJ Holden, best known for his work on 2000AD, has just self-published US Comic Book Layouts: A book to help you do layouts for your comic books. It’s a Creator Support Project Book which does exactly what it says on the cover – and he has more aids for comic professionals in the works, including a Comic Book Pro Project Diary.
A 20-year veteran of the comic book industry, PJ Holden’s work spans multiple genres from adventure to humour, from comics for tots to teens, including 2000AD, and beyond. In that time, he’s drawn thousands of pages of comics, and every good comic starts with some thumbnails, and that’s what this book will do for you. Thumbnails!
“It’s a layout sketchbook,” PJ further explains, “nine thumbnail layouts per page (with a blank facing page) and the spine is white for writing what it is. There’s 120 pages with 60 pages with layouts on them.”
This is his first self-published layout book, with others, 16:9 Storyboards, and “an insanely niche” Comic Book Pro Project Diary, due for release soon, all via Amazon.
The titles may not be exactly catchy, but I’ve always been impressed by PJ’s organisation as a creator (which puts mine to shame, owing to squirrels). Check out his first now and keep an eye out for the others, available soon, because he’s clearly on a roll!
• Buy US Comic Book Layouts: A book to help you do layouts for your comic books (AmazonUK Affiliate Link)