Monday, February 13, 2012

Monday Musings #1 – Comic Book Writing

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Without a doubt, the most challenging writing style I've ever tried is writing a comic book. The project sort of fell into my lap. An artist that I work with at the ole' day job came up to me, told me he heard that I write horror, and that he wanted to illustrate a story or two.

So, without hesitation, I told him fuck yeah, and that I would get him a script shortly. Well, after a few weeks of fumbling, studying the craft of comic writing, and many deleted pages, I had to concede that this was much harder than anticipated.

Now, I know many of you are thinking “Isn't it mostly pictures and some dialogue? How hard could that possibly be?” Well, shut up me from two months ago, it is hard. Damn hard. Each word is a luxury, and each pane has to show the story and plot. It is the trimmest version of writing, and to me, is even harder than trying to make condensed flash fiction.

Forgive the mini-rant, as I don't want you all to think I am complaining about this. I feel that there is a ton to be learned from the comic book format. Everything I've written fiction wise has been more succinct, simple, and clear. The pace and clarity of writing comics has changed my style from a tad wordy and verbose, to an economical and upbeat present tense. Quite frankly, it works, and I think I will have much greater success in the future with both my short and long prose.

I've enjoyed this sort of writing so much that I am currently working on a webcomic, which for the moment is called “St. Mercy”, that we hope to have up before summer. The second project is a serial that I have wanted to write for a while now, called “The Rooster.” With how fast things are changing, I can't leave any more details, but watch in the coming months for some concept art, and the eventual launch of “St. Mercy”.

Have you ever done any comic book writing? Or would you like too? Tell me about it in the comments below.

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