What tools do you think you need to create comics?
That’s a surface question. The real question, the question that will answer that question, is whether or not you’re actually doing any creating. If you aren’t, then the tools you need aren’t that important unless you’re using tools unfamiliar to you, and you need that familiarity to grow. If you’re creating for publication, then you’re going to need certain tools in order to get the job done.
Then, you have to find workarounds for the things you do, or want to do. For those times when things go wrong, when your tools break down, when you can’t get something done in the manner in which you’re used to. What happens then?
A good plan to have would be to practice for the eventuality that something is going to happen to your flow to interrupt it.
For writers, that’s easy. Pen and paper is all that’s needed, and you can write anywhere. If you want to be more hi-tech and your computer goes down, or your internet connection, you can go to your local library or place that offers free wifi in order to get your stuff done. (I know. I’ve done this. I’ve gone to McDonalds and taken advantage of their free wifi in order to download scripts for The Proving Grounds, and then in order to post them, too. I did that for a few months.) If you’ve got a smartphone or tablet, you can take advantage of things like Office 360 or Google Drive (which is free). Not as elegant, but it can definitely be used in a pinch.
Artists, you’re in more of a pickle. Pencils and paper will always work if your computer goes down, but you’re still going to need to scan things in. The same thing goes for inkers.
Colorists…you’re screwed. Sorry, but you need to have a computer as a modern creator in order to do your work.
Think about workarounds, and practice them every so often just to become familiar with the procedure. Or see if you can streamline it any.
And for those of you who use computers to do your work—create backups. No, do it now. Some of you have never backed anything up. Create a backup and do it now. Backups are insurance against anything happening, just like car insurance. So is having a workaround to your usual workflow.
It may save your project someday.