I am finally working on the final draft of issue 1 of my artist comic. Before doing so, I figured out names for the characters and the comic and all of that. The main character was originally referred to as MG or “main girl”, which inspired me to name her Margo. The bird is named Raiiki, based in part by the Japanese words for red and yellow, akai and kiiroi respectively, his two main colors. Since the comic takes place in a black and white world, with the bright red and yellow of Raiiki being the only colors for a bit, I named the entire series “Red and Yellow, while issue 1 is named “Black and White”.
So anyway, after figuring out all the panels and drawing rough copies of them, I finally was able to begin my final draft. It’s taking a long time, but I’m still getting the hang of things. I’m doing it all on Photoshop, using a page of 11 inches by 17 inches, the standard Bristol board size (even though I’m not using Bristol board, of course, or else Photoshop would have felt jealous), and I’m coloring in CMYK rather than RGB. That’s apparently better for printing.
I still haven’t quite decided on what I’m going to do when the comic’s done. I might put it online. I might print it out and try handing out free copies at a comic convention to get interest. I might do both. I might also conquer the world and force everyone to buy it, which would be the easiest, but my army of hungry mongooses (or is it mongeese?) hasn’t been cooperative lately. Might have to switch to plan B and invade the world with an army of slightly irritated chinchillas instead. Well, either way, I hope my comics will have at least some success. If I ever even finish them.
A Duck That Will Someday Be a Rich and Famous Comic Artist Just as Soon as I Master Mind Control…Or That Thing Jedi Can Do