So after my husband recommending I create a graphic novel about two months ago, I've decided to take his advice. I've started trying to get characters' characteristics, a basic idea of what its going to be based on, and a few other things. What I'm trying to figure out is, how many characters do you think should be in it? I've written stories in the past but never a graphic novel. I have drawn up characters to go with my stories but most of them no one has ever read. I decided to go more towards a graphic novel because I'm not sure how many installments there will be. I guess it depends on if I can break the story up into more shorter comics than anything. I will be probably also hand drawing all the illustrations first and then uploading them to the computer for editing and may or may not add color. Might go with the mostly black and white with a hint of color. For a graphic novel that will be dark and mildly disturbing with a few humorous spots I think the black and white with a hint of color might be the best route.
Good luck Cherise. Number of characters? I'd say somewhere between one and a hundred, just depends on your story. If you are just getting started I'd suggest that simpler is better. There are dozens and dozens of great books out there full of insight and ideas. Here are a few books that I think you may find helpful from a technical standpoint:
Alan Moore's Writing for Comics
The DC Comics Guide to Digitally Drawing Comics
Working Methods, Comic Creator's Guide . . .
Understanding Comics (and the rest of this series of books by Scott McCloud)
Comics and Sequential Art by Will Eisner (and the rest of his books as well)
Good luck with your project.