There is a comic out tomorrow with Lois Lane in the title. Hard to believe that for a character who had her own comic for 16 years, one that outsold Batman, that this would be a big deal. Lois Lane is the longest running female character in DC Comics. She made her first appearance in Action Comics…
Deadlines are a fact of life for writers. And sometimes it’s hard to stay sane when you’re facing a tight deadline (or two or three…). Whether it’s a self-imposed time frame for building your author platform or a publisher breathing down your neck for edits to your novel, working under pressure can be stressful.
Time constraints are usually manageable, but it’s human nature to procrastinate—so many distractions!—and writers sometimes end up working feverishly around the clock right to the last minute. So, how do you stay sane when you’re on a deadline? Here are a few tips.
Each year, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) reviews graphic novels for their inclusion into their Great Graphic Novels for Teens (GGNT) list. The list comprises graphic novels w…
HOW A GRAPHIC NOVEL IS ACTUALLY MADE
PART 1: BEST IDEA EVER!!!
There are a lot (ok, maybe not a lot. I actually didn’t research this at all) of writings and tutorials on how to make comics and graphic novels. I thought it might be fun - and dare I say useful? - for me to document my process and meager experience in such things. This isn’t a how-to or a tutorial, but mostly just a journey for curious, scholarly types. For the sake of efficiency, I’ll be using the word ‘comic’ as a catch-all term for floppies, graphic novels, web comics, mini-comics, all of it! Geez, can’t we just all be a happy family? Anyways, read on, graphic enthusiast!
Part 1: Best Idea Ever!!
Every comic starts with an idea. Got an idea? There. Wasn’t that fun? The thing is, ideas rarely - if ever - spring forth, fully formed, like some blazing Athena from Zeus’ brain. Ideas need time to gestate, percolate, and come to fruition. Every great idea starts with a tiny kernel that will inevitably transform and morph as it evolves.
I sure used a lot of words to explain that an idea has to grow and change, huh?
"But wait!" you might be saying. "Where does that kernel come from? I don’t understand! Help me! AAUGH!!" My response is to come over and put you out since you’re clearly on fire, and let you know that ideas come from everywhere. Literally. Everywhere.
I can’t remember who said this, but being a creative person is a bit like being followed by some mobile, sentient radio. There is a constant stream, 24/7, of creative ideas. Mostly, it’s just on in the background and you’re barely even listening. But when you need to, you can turn up the volume and focus more on the music being emitted. Other times, the radio’s volume will just magically turn up on its own. This Living Devil Radio will not be silenced! This is what accounts for creative types spacing out, having weird sleep schedules, or tossing in bed at 3am, (or sadly self-medicating, which is is a more serious topic for another time). That said, I do believe that it’s times like these in which you must go with the flow and listen to your brain. The radio beckons!
It’s important to take notes when you get ideas, otherwise, you’ll forget. I have word documents on my computer, scraps of paper with cryptic phrases, and playlists of songs that remind me of certain characters or plot elements that I want to use for something at some point. Some stories and ideas come together more quickly than others, but you have to be willing to change your ideas.
So, you’ve sat with your idea for awhile. You’ve turned your random notes into a coherent document. You and your idea have gotten to know each other. You’ve had coffee, you’ve had drinks, you’ve gone ALL THE WAY. Now, all you want is to tell people all about your amazing new idea and how perfect it is and how happy it makes you and oooh, when’s the wedding?
Sharing your idea with others is important. Essential, even. BUT! Hold tight there, Tex. There is a school of thought that says “Show your idea to everyone who will read it! Anyone’s input is valuable!”
False. My grandmother thinks I have wonderful ideas. But she doesn’t know anything about character development, plot, or whether the intended designs are derivative of a popular JRPG. I find it’s best to get feedback for your idea from people in the know - a select group of trusted colleagues and peers.
And now, here you are. Your amorphous idea has become something pretty cool. Your reviewers think it’s pretty cool, too. You’re ready to start unleashing some Amazing Ideas on an unsuspecting public. Well, what now? For me, this is where my idea gets turned into a formal pitch or proposal to be sent to my agent, and then sent to an editor. And that, my dear reader-friends, is what I’ll talk about in Part 2!
Double Page Spread ep 75- Paul Jenkins
Last year writer Paul Jenkins (Hellblazer, Spectacular Spider-Man, Sentry, Wolverine, Hulk), wrote a notorious open letter about DC bullying their creators and why he was leaving the big 2 to work for BOOM!. Wendi checks back in with him to see how he’s going and what results is an off the cuff dialogue on treatment of creators, the perils of working in movies and the best X-Men story you’ll never get to read.
He currently has a kickstarter for his book Fairy Quest 2 going on right here.
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Call me “Captain Marvel” instead of “babe.”
miss rambeau if you’re nasty
I love Monica.
Monica needs her own book. She always gets stuck in a team and then eventually rolled off the roster.
I made these as a way to compile all the geographical vocabulary that I thought was useful and interesting for writers. Some descriptors share categories, and some are simplified, but for the most part everything is in its proper place. Not all the words are as useable as others, and some might take tricky wording to pull off, but I hope these prove useful to all you writers out there!
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