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Wikisimpsons:Style Guide Comics

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Style Guide: Comics
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The following is a style guide on how to create a high quality comic page, and is part of our Manual of Style.

Aims[edit]

This style guide aims to help you write articles on all comics of The Simpsons.

Canonicity[edit]

Discuss the canonicity of comic stories here. Non-canon comics should have {{Noncanoncomic}} at the top of the article.

Structure of an article[edit]

Main Tab[edit]

Every article should be tabbed. This is done by putting {{ComicTab}} on the top of the article.

Before both the infobox and the main page, be sure to add {{ComicPrevNext}} followed by the previous and following comic stories.

Infobox[edit]

The {{comics}} infobox should be included.

{{comics
|title=
|image=
|released=
|pages=
|series=
|stories= 
|written by=
}}

Content[edit]

The introductory line is a standard format, featuring the comics's series (e.g. "is a Simpsons Comics story that appears in"), the issue it aired in followed by any reprints.

The article should have both a "Synopsis", a short summary, and a full "Plot". Links to other articles should be included on their first mention in the section.

Navboxes and categories[edit]

Somewhere near the end of the article {{Images}} needs to be added to link to our image category for that comic.

Each comic page should have a navbox at the bottom of each tab. For a list of the templates see Wikisimpsons:Navboxes#Comics

The relevant year category should be added, and you should also add something along the line of [[Category:Series stories]], where "Series" is the series the comic comes from, such as Bart Simpson Comics or Simpsons Super Spectacular.

References tab[edit]

Like the main page, the tab should be used here, with {{ComicTabR}} being used. Similarly {{ComicPrevNextRef}} should contain the previous and following comic stories.

There are four "set pieces" on the reference tab:

  1. Cultural references
  2. Trivia
  3. Continuity
  4. Goofs

These should be presented in this order, though are by no means compulsory or the only sections allowed on the page, but just the most commonly used categories. If using one of the four, please add the relevant category.

Like the standard tab, the relevant template should be added, with an "R" on the end see Wikisimpsons:Navboxes#Comics for a list.

Appearances tab[edit]

Start the page with {{ComicTabA}} and {{ComicPrevNextApp}} followed by the previous and following comic stories.

Then split appearances into the following sections:

  • Characters
  • Locations
  • Vehicles
  • Media
  • Groups/organizations
  • Other

All images should be in galleries in alphabetical order. For articles missing images, use File:No image.png, while mentioned characters/locations/objects should user File:Blank.png.

Appearances that are incomplete should use {{Incomplete}}, whereas those in lists or not in alphabetical and not in galleries should use {{Cleanup}}.

Like the standard tab, the relevant template should be added, with an "A" on the end see Wikisimpsons:Navboxes#Comics for a list.

Credits tab[edit]

Start with {{ComicTabC}} then {{ComicPrevNextCre}} followed by the previous and following comic stories.

In general, each credit is presented as follows:

'''Job role'''

[[Name]]


'''Job role'''

[[Name]]

The most important thing to gather from this is the spacing. Between the job and the name, there should be one blank line, to avoid them ending up on the same line. Between name and the next job role, there should be two blank lines to better space it out. For job roles with multiple names, only one space is needed between them.

Like the standard tab, the relveant season template should be added, with an "C" on the end see Wikisimpsons:Navboxes#Comics for a list.

Quotes tab[edit]

Start with {{ComicTabQ}} and {{ComicPrevNextQuo}} followed by the previous and following comic stories. Like the standard tab, the relevant season template should be added, with an "Q" on the end see Wikisimpsons:Navboxes#Comics for a list.

The following are the main conventions you should use:

  • All new lines should have an indent (:) before them.
  • The character's name should be put in a bold, along with a colon, also in bold. (e.g. '''Homer:''')
  • The character's line should come after the name, with any actions put in square brackets and italicized.
  • Lines that are just action should not have any character's name before them in bold, just the text in square brackets and italicized.
  • Separate quotes should have "----" between them.

Example[edit]

[The family are playing Scrabble]
Bart: My turn. "Kwyjibo". [places his tiles] K-W-Y-J-I-B-O. Twenty-two points, plus triple-word-score, plus fifty points for using all my letters. Game's over, I'm outta here—;
Homer: [grabs Bart with his left hand, holding a banana in his right] Wait a minute, you little cheater! You're not going anywhere until you tell me what a kwyjibo is.
Bart: "Kwyjibo." [observing Homer] Uh... a big, dumb, balding North American ape. With no chin.
Marge: [playing along] And a short temper.
Homer: I'll show you a big, dumb, balding ape—!
Bart: [as Homer chases him away] Uh-oh. Kwyjibo on the loose!

Edna Krabappel: Now I don't want you to worry, class. These tests will have no effect on your grades. They merely determine your future social status and financial success... [looks at Bart] if any.

Other[edit]

  • If the article is lacking information, then add {{Comic stub}} to the end of the article.
  • Every comic's talk page and its subpage's talk pages should have {{Talkheader}} followed by {{Article Style Guide Comics}}.