Since I wrote The Light (if you haven’t read it you can find it in the menu above) I’ve been getting all kinds of feedback, mostly good (with a predominance of “MOAR!”) but with a lot of people asking: “where’s the dialogue?” “if there’s no dialogue what did you write?”. So I thought I’d tell all my readers (ha!) more about comic book writing, to clarify my role in the creative process.
There are two ways to write comic books. I’m sure some of you think that every author has his own unique method and blah blah blah… but you have to admit that there are two distinct categories, which are very different:
- First we have the Alan Moore method. It’s not like he invented it and he isn’t the only one who uses it, but he is probably the best comic book writer in the world so I feel pretty safe naming it after him. But I’m getting lost. The Moore method consists of a detailed description of every single panel, so YOU decide how many panels are in every page, which scene deserves a double splash page and every other detail. That is in addition to dialogue.
- Next we have the Grant Morrison method. He also didn’t invent it buuuut he’s the only author I know who uses it. With this method the writer gives up the role of director and just generally describes what the artist should draw in a flow sort of way… it’s very hard to describe, and I couldn’t find any examples online… if you can you should check out Batman: Arkham asylum 15th anniversary edition, which has the script at the end.
Since I am a perfectionist and a borderline OCD control freak I always use the Moore method.
To let you better understand my work I’ve uploaded on mediafire the script for The Light, so anyone interested can read it http://www.mediafire.com/view/?wl2xwd7l90oa9bf
I know it’s in Italian, I’m Italian, Bernardo is Italian so it was the most practical thing to do. But still if you wanna take a closer look to a script I advise The Killing Joke by Alan Moore, I know he’s from an entirely different planet but I write with the same method so it’s still a good reference.
Now that you know how awesome the background of my work is, head up to The Light and read the final product!
AHA! After months of sailing I sight a lonely Isle: WordPress!
Hello to everyone, old readers and new. After taking a week or so to learn how to use WordPress and build a decent blog I finally completed the journey from Blogger to WordPress.
I would introduce myself but I already wrote everything you need to know in the little box on the right…
To summarize the contents of my blog in one sentence: comics I write, games I create and cool nature trivia. Right now I write all these things in every post, but I might start dividing them between posts and categorize them.
In the next few days I will transfer all the old posts from Blogger to here, so you’ll be able to read the incredible awesomeness that is me.
AH be sure to check out The Light a 12 page comic book I wrote, I would loooove some more feedback. You can find it above in the menu.
Now for some Insect trivia
This is an Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) and it is incredibly pretty. You might be wondering what is so special about this particular Mantis, if its pink prettiness is its only asset. You couldn’t be more wrong. The orchid Mantis is like a T1000: a perfectly camouflaged killer that you’ll never be able to spot before being torn to pieces by its huge knife hands. The Orchid Mantis lays waiting on a beautiful orchid using its prettiness to hide, and when an unlucky prey approaches… BAM! the mantis stabs it to death with its razor sharp claws!
So that’all for today, but stay tuned for old posts and new complementary cool Insects.
So as you can guess from the title Bernardo drew The Light. It’s awesome, and you can read it at https://grinder91.wordpress.com/the-light-2/ or on Bernardo’s Blog http://frattozero.blogspot.it/.
The feedback from the first readers has been amazing, they all said that they want more. I think it’s the best feedback I could get (especially since it was what I was going for).
On this topic I have both good news and bad news, let’s start with the good news: I’m expanding the Lighthouse setting and creating a story for our Boy to follow.
Now the bad news: there won’t be a second part of The Light in the foreseeable future. Bernardo is a busy guy and can’t work for free. If anything changes you’ll be the first to know.
By now I guess you’ll be wondering why I put WordPress in the post title, I have been thinking it over for a couple of days and I decided to try and move this blog on WordPress. I’ve tried to make the best out of Blogger, but it doesn’t fulfill my comic-posting needs in the least…
The process will last a while since wordpress is a little trickier than blogger and I’ll need to learn a little.
Now for some yucky stuff
These little fellows are Escherichia coli, they normally live in our lower intestine, and we expel at least 100 billion of them every day with feces.
Now the fun fact: they breed incredibly fast. Since I don’t want to bore you with the details I’ll just make an example: leave 1 E. coli cell alone with illimitate food for 24 hours and at the end you’ll have 4722366482869645213696 cells. That’s a shitload of bacteria.
But I know that the number alone won’t be enough for you, so I’m going to tell you how much the aforementioned shitload would weigh: 1416 motherfucking tons.
So see you next time. Come back for more awesome original comic books and complementary cool bacteria.
“From what?” you’ll be asking. Fear not, I have the awesomest explenation ever for not posting for so long, once you hear it your genitals will shrivel at the thought of such incredible epicness.
I had nothing to post about.
Don’t be sad… now I do.
My good friend Bernardo agreed to draw The Light, the short story I was telling you about in the last post, I think you can expect to see it here (and on his blog http://frattozero.blogspot.com/) before the end of june (at the latest).
Spam Games United (aka Door Games) continues to prosper, we’ve finally finished the Alchemist prototype but it sucked balls so we decided to kill the project for now.
PRI5M continues to be written and I think we’ll try to produce it this fall through Kickstarter, so save some money for us.
I’va also been working a lot by myself on a Tabletop Wargame called Warlords. The idea is to have a Warlord (a powerful hero) commanding Phalanxes, who fight in the name of a God. The game will involve deckbuilding with a ton of combinations and different strategies, so you’ll need to play it a couple of times before being any good (kinda like Magic).
Sooo I guess this is all for today’s post, stay tuned to get even more awesome updates on my work and complementary cool Arthropoda!
PS: this is a mantis shrimp (Stomatopoda) possibly the coolest crustacian on earth. It sees in 16 colours, its two clubs are so fast that water boils around it (cavitation) and produce little spots of light in the process (sonoluminescence). Some Stomatopoda have claws instead of clubs, but I personally think that clubs are cooler.
Soooo here we are… This is pretty awkward even though I know that noone is going to read this.
Well I just wanted to say hello to the unlucky people that are reading this, and additionally give a couple of updates on my work:
I’ve been working for a while (since this morning) on the script for “The Light”, a short comic book story. I hope I can find someone to draw it…
Together with a couple of friends I’ve been working on Boardgames and RPGs:
- Alchemist: a dice/card game where you craft objects and annoy opponents.
- PRI5M: a minimalist generic RPG ruleset for those of you who want fast and fun sessions.
Also I’ve been working on my own on a couple of Boardgames an RPGs:
- Reaper push: very basic tile placement game where you have to harvest souls.
- Lebanon: Blame! inspired extreme sci-fi RPG.
- Ichor: dark RPG where something horrible is living inside of you, and everyone wants it.
Sooo… That’s it folks. Thanks for reading this, here’s a complementary cool bug.