I love my post format (fun ad games – update on my work – nature trivia) but I think I’m failing some readers. I think some people might be confused by this format, which compresses three very different elements in only one post, so I’ll try writing separate posts and categorize them.
Today we talk about comics, my comics.
I think that writing “The Light” has been one of the best things I’ve done in my life. Before I always thought that writing comics for a living would always stay a dream, and that I would keep writing just as a hobby.
I also put the cart before the horse.
You see in my early work I often concentrated my efforts on incredibly long stories, something the length of Naruto or Bleach (if you don’t know what Naruto or Bleach are READ THEM RIGHT NOW). We’re talking at least ten years of publishing, but probably much more. And this was when I hadn’t written a single script line in my entire life. I proposed some stuff to various artists and was obviously turned down. What would you answer if someone asked you: “Please draw an incredibly long comic, by the way it’s my first crack at a script. Also you’ll have to work for free”?. So I was repeatedly turned down.
Then I thought: “why not make a very short comic?”
Definitely the most brilliant idea I’ve ever had. WIth a short comic I was able to take a first step in the vast ocean of comic script writing with no risks whatsoever! I wouldn’t be depressed if a 12 page comic turns out to be a steaming pile of shit, but with a 100-issue long comic I would probably go down on a shotgun and pull the trigger.
What I now realize is that creating comics is no different from sports and drawing: you’ve got to practice before you’re any good! I wish to thank Tyler James, who helped me a lot with his old column Creating Comics, the art and craft. Nowadays he’s writing at Comixtribe, giving even more advice on how to write comic books. He made me realize how much work it will take to have a shot at being a published author (maybe even a succesful one!), and that we all have some god-awful scripts in us before we start to shit gold like the proverbial goose.
Anyway I don’t think that The Light is a crappy comic, I think it’s great and most of the feedback I got was very good. I’ll start to bake delicious shitpies when I’ll start developing stories… I think I have a pretty good grasp on panel description and page layout, but I don’t know the first thing about plot, good characters and a lot of other stuff.
Well this post turned out to be a long one… Well I hope I didn’t bore you to death, I’d love some feedback on The Light (you can find it in the menu above), and on my post format, so feel free to comment.
See you later alligator.
Sorry, I couldn’t resist.