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We discussed single panel composition, then panel-to-panel flow, and now it’s time for the really advanced stuff: telling a story from one manga page to another. First, we’ll talk about transitioning between one issue or volume to another, then delve into scene changes.

SERIAL-TO-SERIAL

If you’re writing for an anthology magazine, the transition between the end of the previous chapter and the start of the new one is important to write well. You want to build in a good cliffhanger, and then resolve it right away rather than opening on a new scene. Why? It’s a month between chapters, and fresh on readers’ mind is going to be the final events of ...

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