My intention is this: a full story that's mine 100%. I got a great taste of working on something personal to myself and something that I own with "FIVE DAYS TO DIE" and I absolutely loved feeling like it was mine (because it is--with Chee, of course).
Also, if I'm teaching all these things (or offering classes on them), the least I can do is give it all a try personally, right? I don't want to seem disingenuous, after all. I'll give periodic updates on the blog of how progress goes. As I'll be doing this completely in my spare time (what spare time?), I imagine that this will take me the better part of two years for a single issue. But hey, I can play
the long game!
Right now, I'll be work shopping my premise and outline into shape and then crafting the script. The story revolves around baseball, so I've got a bit of research to do before I dive in
to it fully, but that's research I should enjoy since I like baseball.
But I've also got to start looking into things like:
- What pencils and brushes or pens am I comfortable using?
- What's the best kind of paper for me to use? 3 ply, 4, 2? I've got a lot of experimenting to do.
- What ink should I use? Should I experiment with a wash effect?
- I'll probably need to get an artist table to do this.
- I'll definitely need a scanner, and I will be making copies of all my pencils for when Iinevitably ruin them with my horrendous inking.
- I need to start building a color palette in Photoshop for coloring work.
- And I need to pick a font or fonts and start building caption boxes and such.
So many questions, so much to do. But I've found a story that I think will
be a lot of fun to work on. And I grew up talking baseball with my dad, so even though this isn't based on my childhood, it's still got a personal nature to me, so I want to take care.
Should I finish the project myself and think it's really worthy of publication, I may have to hire someone else to pencil and ink it for publication, but that's okay, and frankly, that's not the point. I've wanted to do this for a long time, and there's not time like the present (or so I'm told).
Anyone interested in making comics should consider a Comics Experience course or the Creators Workshop.
So, wish me luck. I'm going to need it.
I love collaborating to create comics, but there is nothing quite like fully executing on an idea from start to finish. Good luck, Andy!ReplyDelete
Thanks, i'm going to need it!ReplyDelete
Great article! I like it.ReplyDelete