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Comics that contain multiple short stories from numerous creators.
  • VICTORIAN AGE: Comics published from approximately 1828-1899.
  • PLATINUM AGE: Comics published from approximately 1900-1938.
  • GOLDEN AGE: Comics published from approximately 1938 to 1945.
  • ATOMIC AGE: Comics published from approximately 1946-1956.
  • SILVER AGE: Comics published from approximately 1956 to 1969.
  • BRONZE AGE: Comics published from approximately 1970 through 1985.
  • MODERN AGE: A catch-all term usually applied to comics published from the 1980s to the present.


Any issue of a comic released prior to the current issue.
Landscape, scenery & objects placed to the rear of the picture or furthest away from the viewer.


A color model that describes each color in terms of the quantity of each secondary color (cyan, magenta, yellow and “key” [black]) it contains.
Usually, comics are made and shipped and hit the store shelves on Wednesdays so to the comic book fanatic, Wednesday is not “Hump Day” but “Comic Book Wednesdays”.
This is where a comic book narrative has a past which might also be shared within a universe of a vast array of other comic books.
This is when story elements (most commonly characters and plotlines) of two or more comic books come together to create one storyline across multiple titles.


A conversation between two or more people.
Dots per inch, a measure of resolution used for printed text or images, the more dots per inch, the higher the resolution.


cryptocurrency based on an open-source platform much like bitcoin. Also known as Ethereum.
This is a crossover story on a much larger scale. This is usually a companywide story involving all characters that the respective company controls.


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Categories of comic book subject matter.
Submitting your comic to the CGC to undergo a thorough check of its quality. The comic is given a grade of 0.5-10.0
When a comic is submitted it undergoes a content questionnaire that determines its “Grading” much like the movie rating system.
Often a fancier term for Trade Paperback but can also be used to describe a comic book.
The space between the panels. Vertical panels are typically thinner than horizontal gutters in order to automatically group panels together for easier reading.


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Publishing and series information located at the bottom of the first page or the bottom of the front cover (inside)


These are the typical jobs listed on the credits of a comic book
  • WRITER: The artist entrusted with creating the comic script.
  • PENCILER: This person takes the script and draws the comic. They draw the comic in pencil.
  • DIGITAL ARTIST: This artist uses a computer and various programs to fill the job of Penciler, Inker, and colorist.
  • INKER: The inker inks over the pencils that the penciler drew. This is not a tracer, they add depth and dimension to the Penciler’s work.
  • Letterer: The letterer will take the script and place all the dialogue, word balloons, thought bubbles, and sound effects.
  • COLORIST: This person adds color to the artwork of the comic. Usually in digital formats, but can be done in any medium.
  • EDITOR: Proofreads manuscripts, and maintains editorial policy and styles. Helps the flow for all aspects of comics from the creation of a story arc to the finished publication of the comic.
  • EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: A publication’s editorial leader, having final responsibility for all operations and policies.
  • PUBLISHER: Comic publishers are responsible for making their publications an editorial and commercial success.
A file format for the compression of digital images.


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An arrangement or plan, the setting out of a page etc.


Japanese comics. These comics are read right to left.
Cover from one comic attached to the cover of another comic forming a loose Spread of sorts.
A writer-artist collaboration in which the artist works from a story synopsis rather than a specific script. The writer will go in after the artwork is completed to create the dialog.
Token Minters are a new class of players that use a programmable blockchain’s coin (like ether) to secure the value of synthetic tokens.


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The rate of movement in the action or story
One of the boxes on the page of a comic book.
A one-piece picture depicting a character or object, usually with no, or little background.
Portable Network Graphics, an extensible file format. Capable of having transparency.
a trial impression of a page, taken from type or film and used for making corrections before final printing.


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How clear and vivid the image appears to be, can be adjustable.
Red green and blue, a mixture of these three colors affect the quality of color in digital pictures, can be adjusted


A manuscript or document that outlines everything within the comic such as dialog, action sequences, and sometimes layout. Controls the pacing of the story.
A printed format by which a single larger work, often a work of narrative fiction, is published in sequential installments.
  • ONE SHOT: A story that is self-contained in a single issue.
  • MINI: A comic that has a small set number of issues. (Most commonly a 4 issue run).
  • MAXI: A longer mini-series that runs for a larger set number of issues (Most commonly a 12 issue run).
  • ONGOING: The publisher starts the series with the intention to never stop publishing it.
  • ANNUAL: A comic that is published yearly.
URLs of your files or folders. This is something that can be shared on other websites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, or on a personal website. This link will redirect the end user to whatever page you shared the link from.
A comic in serial magazine format. Usually, 26 pages, not including ads. Generally numbered in chronological order depending on the month that it is released .E.g. Issue #75 is the 75th in that series.
electronic copy of some type of data, such as a file viewed on a computer's display or transmitted as an e-mail attachment. Such material, when printed, is referred to as a hard copy . This is what you will upload. You can always go back and look at it.
Also known as an onomatopoeia are words that mimic sounds. They are non-vocal sound images, from the subtle to the forceful. (Example: BAM, BOOM, VROOM).
A speech indicator, containing the characters' dialogue. The indicator from the balloon that points at the speaker is called a pointer or tail.
When a panel consists of the entire page.
When the art spills over into more than 1 page. 2-page spread is the most common.
A continuing story within a Series.


A page that has mostly text with little to no art (with the exception of background art). Usually reserved for a “Previously…page”. Often combined with a title page.
A single row of panels
The first page of a story showing the title of the story and possibly the creative credits.
This is the most common kind of collected edition where it is usually collecting 5-8 single issues. It is in a paperback format and can be often referred to as a “trade”.


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A variant cover is an alternative cover of a single issue.


Editions of comics that can be viewed on computer screens, tablets or mobile phones. Also known as a digital comic.
When a front cover spills over into the back cover.


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