Comic strips sizes

One of my frequent questions is: what’s the ideal size of a comic strip? Indeed, there is not a better size for a comic strip. Every comic artist choises an own size.

Peanuts’ comic strips

In a book on life and art of Schulz I read that he loved to draw big. I found online a 1981 Peanuts’ comic strip that measures 7″x24″, i.e. 17,8×61 cm.

If you think it’s big, the comic strip by March 7, 1967 measures 8,25″x29,57, i.e. 21×75 cm.

I don’t like to draw on a stamp, but on giant paper neither.

Jacovitti’s comic stories

Like Schulz, Jacovitti too loved to draw big. In a book on his life and career I read that a comic story of Cocco Bill was been drawn on 50×70 cm paper sheets. I used this size, several years ago – Bristol papers – but just to draw illustrations for me and my girlfriend.

For her birthday I created a giant greeting card on 100×70 cm paper, with many cartoons, some of them was “interactive” (I remember a castle gate you could open pulling it down and there appeared a greeting soldier, and a tram from which you could bring some passengers out pulling a flap).

Not frequent cases. I’ve always drawn my cartoons and illustrations on A3 (42×29,7 cm) or A4 (21×29,7 cm) size.

For his Kamasultra book Jacovitti used a size bigger than A2. An A2 paper is double an A3, 42×59,4 cm (italian source: Jacovitti Proibito: Un Kamasultra quasi tutto inedito).

Lupo Alberto’s comics

When I tried to become a comic artist for Lupo Alberto’s magazine, I asked for the right size of the comic strips. They are small, and at the beginning I was afraid of not being able to draw anything due to lack of space.

The comic pages are 30,3×23 cm, and every strip is 6,9 cm height, with 0,9 cm between two strips. Less than 7 cm height was too little for me. But I was able to draw the comic strips, even though nobody hired me.

The first comic strips of my character Schifik in 2000

For this character I wanted to try a big comic strip, so I choose 13×42 cm size. Now they seem to me enormous.

The bigger comic strips are, the harder the work is. Schulz has a very good style, drawing stick characters. But I’m not able to draw in this way.

The comic strips of my character Schifik in 2002

2 years later I drew them from the beginning with new size: 9,5×38 cm.

The comic strips in 2016

14 years later (sigh!) I drew them from the beginning again! The size of my comic strips was 10×38 cm, just little different than the ones in 2002.

I compared this format with the comic strips of Sturmtruppen and I found out that the size was almost the same.

Detenidos comic stories

For these comic characters, created between the end of 1995 and the beginning of 1996, I used a half-page with 2 strips like the latest Sturmtruppen. The size was 24,1×16,2 cm and every strip was 7,8 cm height.

I drew the first comic strip, but I realized that I could use more space, so I drew it again using 27,5×18,4 cm size, every strip 8,9 cm height. I didn’t like it. Too small for me.

The latest attempt was on an A3 paper: the half-page was 39×26 cm. The strips are 12,6 cm height. It’s ok, now. Then, I found out that the panels were too big.

The comics strips for King Features Syndicate

I have always appreciated the american system of comics syndicates to provide comic strips to the various newspapers. I haven’t them in Italy, unfortunately.

On the King Features’ website I readt that many comic artist use 13”x4” (33×10 cm.) comic strips.

What is the standard size for a comic strip?

I felt good with the size 10×38 cm, but I will also try the suggested size by King Features Syndicate, 33×10 cm.

For the comic pages, or rather for what the Americans call “half-page”, I will try the size of the Sunday pages of old comics.

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