Keep Your Readers Terrified with these Tips on the Horror Comic

Why is it so hard to make a good, truly scary horror comic book? That’s the question at the center of this week’s comic masterclass Strip Panel Naked. Created by Hass Otsmane-Elhaou, the web series breaks down a specific comic convention or technique weekly. Otsmane-Elhaou wanted to focus on horror this week because, “I’ve had some feedback since starting the channel about horror comics, about how it’s hard to make a horror comic ‘scary’. So I take a look at the most famous horror effect in cinema, the sharp, quick cut to a scary image, and we dissect how you can create a similar effect with page turns in comics.”

The comic used as a focus for this week’s episode is The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Robert Aguirre-Sacasa, Robert Hack, and Jack Morelli. The comic takes the classic Sabrina the Teenage Witch character and acts as “kind of a re-boot, re-imagining of some of the Sabrina world, and the other cast of Archie characters. It’s set in the 60’s, and Sabrina is a young witch-in-training. Of course, some bad stuff ends up happening and she has to try and protect some of the non-witch people in her life. As we see in this episode, maybe it doesn’t end so well.”

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