Faithfully followed the advice of a comic pro, whom I am ridiculously grateful for having met. He advised me to read “On Directing Film” by David Mamet, and to replace the word ‘film’ with the word ‘comics’ as I went through it. I did. I read it three times, until I believed it with all my heart.
I will now try my *best* to cut out the decorative and offer up a real story, no fluff or gimmicks.
I’m currently finalizing the architecture on which the plot will have room to breathe. I’m working with both a traditional essay outline (the story is broken into three parts) and a visual diagram, to help both sides of my brain get onto the same page.
Since I’m doing the writing and illustrating, I’ve created a mode of operation for my project to stay on target this year (which is my first year in a self-study master’s program I’ve developed and tailored for myself, after a careful assessment of my weaknesses and strengths).
Here’s my method, which I’m eager to employ:
I have split myself into two (actually three) people. I have two names: one for the illustrator and one for the writer. They each will have their own email, which I’ll create for them. (I’m also the director; I’m the occasional third person that directs the two in collaboration). They’ll attend a weekly meeting for one hour, where they can pose questions to each other, discussing edits and possible solutions to problems.
Only one may work on an assignment at a time. They relay assignments back and forth through email, to keep progress going. The writer will work on a page or two, then send it off. The illustrator will work on those pages, then send them back. And so on. While the illustrator is working, the writer may not jump in and interrupt, and vice versa.
So that’s how I’m choosing to execute this first project, since I’m not working on a team yet. I guess I’m training myself to get used to a collaborative process, while it’s just me, for the time being.
I’ve gotten busy at my jobby-job this last week, but I still aim to post my progress weekly. Soon I’ll have a re-branded website (my old stuff is still up at salinagomezart.com) and a Patreon account.
I am excited.