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Illustrator's Studio => Graphic Novels => Topic started by: Mii on January 25, 2021, 10:36 AM

Title: Chapter Lengths in Graphic Novels
Post by: Mii on January 25, 2021, 10:36 AM
For those of you writing graphic novels, how did you decide on chapter length (how many pages and panels per page) and overall page length? I keep hearing that it differs depending on the story you want to tell and that some GN's are as long as 500 pages...but part of me is hoping there's still a "standard" out there.
Title: Re: Chapter Lengths in Graphic Novels
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on January 25, 2021, 06:06 PM
I'd think the age level of you intended audience would come into play here. This may be why there is no single standard. A new reader would find 500 pages daunting even with the limited text on each page a GN has, but the YA audience would be fine with that. I think I'd look at popular recent samples for the age level I was considering to see how this was handled there, but there may be genre differences as well as age level differences, so try to find work similar to your own in some way.