HOW TO NAME YOUR COMIC BOOK… Key Points On How The Make A First Impression. NAMING YOUR COMIC BOOK might sound very simple but, in my opinion, the obvious “DOs” and “DON’Ts” are often overlooked.
FIRST! Always take the opportunity to name your book after the main character or characters inside. I told you it would sound simple, but you’ll be amazed at how many creators opt NOT to do this simple thing. For the most part, I believe, it is done because it’s never thought about. So, for example, My BOOK is called The Legend of WILL POWER™ (WILL POWER, being the name of my character).
This is just another opportunity to introduce your hero’s name to the public, even without them picking the book up for purchase. You get a chance to introduce your hero because; his or her name is visible right on the cover! Now, readers will know your hero exist even if they’re not fans. The key here is making your CHARACTER, not your BOOK, remembered. Why did I say make your CHARACTER remembered and not your BOOK? Because books come and go, but a CHARACTER, well, a character can be interchangeable.
If book “A” fails and is cancelled, then your CHARACTER can be placed into another BOOK as part of a team or collective. You can call this: BOOK “B”, for example. This is a small part of the ICON EQUATION I mentioned before. As for books that are not named after the characters that appear on the inside, well, it’s easy to forget the names of those heroes who appear in titles that are not named after them. For example, we all know what characters are inside the comic booked entitled” BATMAN and ROBIN, right? Of course we all know, it says it RIGHT ON THE COVER!
Now, how many of us know the names of the members in THE CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN? -Or how about the heroes in the UMBRELLA ACADEMY? or THE NIGHT STALKERS, IRREDEEMABLE, or ARTIFACTS… When a book is named this way, the heroes inside have less of a chance of being well known outside of the comic book community. Sometimes, they are not even known, INSIDE the comic book community.