In drawing and visual art there is a way to create an image or world or just create something, same with prose and written art.
Today I bring you something a little less conventional than my usual stuff, but since my blog consists of words and visual art this post will at least be half conventional. (right? Logic!) At this moment I’m co-creating the story (and a bit of art) for a comic series that will be starting in a few months, or weeks. I’m not sure, but I won’t reveal all that many details if something changes or the comic falls through.
It’s been a while since I’ve written and a really long time since I’ve written anything as long as this story, and we’re not even done with the initial chapter! My oldest memories of writing a long story or a comic were when I was pretty young and both endeavors did not turn up with wonderful results.
The ‘long’ story was a book with three chapters about a ninja, spy, girl going on adventures and traveling the world. Each chapter focused on one of those aspects of her life (including girl, her life as a normal school girl). The story was very jumpy, with very few and confusing details, reading it now. I remember creating the story in my head. The ideas were so vivid and the characters seemed so real, as if somewhere out there lived a girl who was also a spy and occasionally dabbled in a ninja-themed pass-time while also enjoying life as a normal kid. I even believed I could even aspire to become the hero of the stories I created, the girl who became a ninja/spy/regular girl.
In my very first comic I developed the series as I went, meaning no written plot, story, or script I just drew wherever my brain took me.
The comic actually did feature me as the main protagonist (labeled as a hero, I’m not sure, some of the actions my character makes wouldn’t specifically classify my 7-year-old me as a hero). It was a series with about 10 chapters (I stopped writing it because I wrote myself into a wall, exactly why you should make a plan before you start drawing), each chapter introduced one of my friends from elementary school as another member of my team…my spy team (that was kinda embarrassing).
I blame my childhood obsession with spies on the Alex Rider series (CURSE YOU ANTHONY HOROWITZ). I read every book as a kid and was completely engrossed with Alex and all the dimensional enemies (whoa, villains have feelings too?!)
All these little stories of my past come around to say one thing: I’m not very experienced in writing. I mean, of course I’ve been educated in high school level English grammar and writing essays about irrelevant books from the past,
and I’ve published a few poems and a story but I wouldn’t feel comfortable saying that I’m experienced in writing especially for a comic series. This will be a first time thing and to be completely honest I’m scared and excited. After reading half of the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (the friend I lent the series from lost their first half) I was so inspired and so excited to make something as important (to me) and well written and just all around amazing as that series I sought out a way to create something half as amazing.
Now I am so eager to take readers to a whole new world and get sucked into the universe, story, and all the wonderful cast of characters that I’ve had the opportunity to get to know through reading and experiencing life.
You can visit: http://ournewhorizon.wordpress.com/ for more info and updates on the comic.