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Choosing a Title For A Story/Comic

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Spudfuzz Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not the writer in this case, just the artist but basically my boyfriend has been developing his story since he was 8 and since I draw mediocre manga we decided to put two and two together. Only thing is it's retardedly difficult to think of a title for it. Not that it needs one within any time frame, it's still nice to have a proper one.

The story's genres are like.... everything. Extra terrestrials; magic (science, really), advanced/sci fi tech, political and corporation corruption, civil wars, military, wars in general, dimensions, planes, beings living in said dimensions and planes and the list goes on. It basically has a universal explanation for everything apart from sparkly vampires and six pack werewolves and it's normalized to the protagonists. We want a title that kind of reflects on that but also the story's overall philosophy about how reality isn't black and white/ good and evil.

He suggested "Ad Infinitum" a while ago and we thought it was fitting back then but it's really too novel-ish for a comic. Plus it's not particularly clever or creative.

:icontealdeerplz:; Not looking for title suggestions, just tips on the process of coming up with one.
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vglory Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
My current opinion is that really overtly obvious titles actually appeal to readers a lot. So you could go with something like:
* Aliens, magic and planes (oh my!)
* My Boyfriends Bizarre Slipstream Tales of Doom
* Totally Awesome Space Adventures for the Morally Ambivalent
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Mr-Timeshadow Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
"No Kitchen Sink"
"A Child's Garden of Curses"
"The Madness Encyclopedia"
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raspil Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012   Writer
write it first, get the title from the story.
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Hurricaneclaw Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The title is so last minute you think of it after you've published the whole story! :dummy:
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Spudfuzz Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just like high school assignments! :la:
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YTcyberpunk Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Uuug, coming up with the title is the worst part, for me anyway.

Things to consider, that may lead to ideas, are:
- Words that reflect the story's theme/moral/whatever
- Something that gives an idea of the story's mood. ("LORD of the Rings" is a serious epic; "BLAZING Saddles" is a chaotic, wacky, out-of-this-world comedy; "GONE With the Wind" is a tragic romance story; etc.)
- A good rule to follow (but you don't have to) is, shorter titles for serious stuff, longer titles for silly or whimsical stuff. ("The Matrix," "Inception," "Casablanca" vs. "Robin Hood: Men in Tights," "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," "The Emperor's New Groove.")
- Damn, I had something else witty to say here, and I completely forgot it. How embarrassing.
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Spudfuzz Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol thanks though, what you have there is pretty helpful. :lol:
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YTcyberpunk Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! And no problem.
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KyteGlory Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Ad Infinitum works fucking fine. Or just do what I do:

[Protagonist]+"and"+[Something From Within The Plot]
e.g. "Robin And The Scary Drag Spectacular," "Narutard and the Standard IQ Test"

or

[Protaganist]+[Pivitol Action Performed By Protagonist]
e.g. "Aliens Take Over The World," "Heavy Weapons Guy Touches Medic's Butt"

or

[Protagonist]
e.g. "Innes MacGregor," "The Man With The Glorious Moustache"

or

[Exceptionally Concise Synopsis]
e.g. "Sexual Assault," "The End of the World."

or
[Flowery Format Reference]+[Exceptionally Concise Synopsis and/or Protagonist]
e.g. "The Legend of Harry Mann," "The Story of Dobby's Childhood"

It never fails me.
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Spudfuzz Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Narutard and the Standard IQ Test"

:lmao:

Best tips ever. :lol:
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