Category Archives: Comics

Bringing the Confusion to a Whole New Level

You know that comic I mentioned a while ago?  I’m still going to do it.  Yeah, it’s going to take forever.  And the script has been moving along at the pace of a turtle with a ball and chain attached to it.  And I’m still not good at drawing yet.  But, I still plan on doing it.  And to aid in this difficult project, I read “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Creating a Graphic Novel” by Nat Gertler and Steve Lieber because I am, indeed, a complete idiot.  And gosh, I didn’t think making a comic (excuse me, graphic novel) would be easy, but wow.  If you self-publish, you must pay for barcodes?!  What the quack!

            Making comics is such a confusing and difficult process, and there are so many things to consider.  For example, there are different types of files you need for different projects and you sometimes need to color using RGB and sometimes CMYK. I also learned about letting art “bleed” (which sounds morbid, but isn’t) and whatever trapping is.  And to complicate things further, I don’t even know exactly what I’m doing yet.  They want CMYK coloring for printing, but I thought they want RGB for web stuff, so which do I do if I want perhaps both?

            There is so much more I have to learn.  I wish I knew more about what I was going to do.  I don’t know if my comic will ever get published, or if I’ll not even try to publish it and just put it on the web.  Or if both is an option.  How do I color it, what files do I save it as, who should I go for printing if it doesn’t go on the web?  I’m glad I got the book, but I’ve gotten myself rather confused.  There are so many options.  But, I’ll work my way through it.  It was a very helpful book….it just made me even more confused than I already was.

A Confused Duck

Filling in the Plot Holes

I was walking along one day.  It was a nice day, until I fell.  Fell into a gaping, dreadful plot hole.  I climbed my way out, brushed off the dirt, took a step, and fell into another.  The place where I was walking…was my comic script.  It really is an unsafe place.  No amount of hard hats and knee pads and band-aids are going to keep me safe there, especially if I keep on at this pace.  So I decided, a bit of maintenance is needed.

            And the best way to fix a plot hole is to fill it in.  I can’t just cover it up.  Someone might fall through again.  No, that simply wouldn’t do.  But, plot holes must be filled in with a very special kind of dirt.  And not even that yummy dessert that looks like dirt and has gummy worms in it.  It has to be even more special than that!

          So I got out my super special notebook and started writing about the past of each main character.  I know where they are now, but I don’t know why or how they got there.  I also wrote some general history and wrote more about June’s powers.  I was able to come up with some interesting ideas and answered some sharp and dangerous questions that would surely give me tetanus if I ever fell on them again.

            It took several days of toil, but I have made myself a safe place to work again.  I feel much better about my story, and I have all kinds of scenes for the ending swirling about in my head.

            I want it to be epic.  I want it to be suspenseful.  I want to make people cry.

A Duck with a Shovel

More Comic Details

Finally working more on the comic again.  Currently finishing up issue 4 and I thought I’d give more details on how my comic will be organized.  The beginning lasts several issues, where the characters get an idea of just what the heck is going on (but it’s not slow-paced).  And then, I want several (or maybe more than several) issues with different adventures they have along the way.  Each issue will have its own new characters and problems to solve.  They will also be working towards solving the greater evil along the way, as well as working towards improving their skills, June especially.  And eventually they’ll reach their final destination, which will likely be several issues.  There are many things they don’t know yet, and many surprises that await them.  I don’t know how long it’s going to be, but I want it to be a decent length.  And it will be a while before any big secrets are revealed.  I don’t even know all of them yet.  I’m getting new ideas as I go along.  I got a new one right now….

            Also, along the way, there’s another plot involving characters the two main ones met early on.  Currently, their names are Flynn and Gretchen.  They will have their own story, too, that will be fairly important.  I want to make it tie into the main plot a lot, but I don’t have it all worked out yet.  I haven’t started it yet, either, but likely soon.

            By the way, Gretchen is a character I’ve had for a while.  I just decided to use her in the comic, and she fits in nicely.  I’ll put her picture up soon, I think.  Flynn was made for the comic, though the name is from a dream I had.  I don’t know if it’s a real name or not (though my spell check has no problem with it), but it sounded good.  Most other characters were created for the comic.  One important one I simply made the name up for a while ago, and another important one came from a dream.  Dreams can be quite useful.  But, also scary sometimes.

            I look forward to telling you guys more.  And showing more pictures!  Hooray!

Indeed an Excited Duck

Evolution of an Idea

I never thought I’d want to do comics.  I did a few issues about 4 or 5 years ago, about these mongooses, but it was boring and my ideas weren’t great.  More recently, I did a few small comic strips, mostly about video games, and at first they were really annoying to make, all those little pictures to draw, but then they started to get easier.

            Then, I went to a couple of comic conventions and saw all the comic artists there showing off their stuff, and I realized, I want to do that.  Most jobs are just private things.  You do your work in the office or store or whatever, and no one sees what you do outside of that, or cares to.  But, it seems comic artists can show off their work.  It’s not meant to stay confined to where they work.  And I want my art to be seen and my stories, as well.  I want people to want to meet me, to see who it was that made a certain thing.  So I started trying to think of an idea for a comic.

            At first, I was at a loss.  Maybe something silly, about…I don’t know…an evil breakfast item?  No.  And then one day I was wondering if there was anyone out there who would want to read about my dreams.  I know, it sounds a little arrogant, but I’ve been writing them down for the last several years.  They are actually quite fun to read, some downright hilarious.  And then it came to me, I’ll use my dreams to build a comic book story!

            So I got to thinking of what I could do, reading through and organizing my dreams into categories for later use.  Character ideas, storylines, locations, creatures, random.  But, one night, I dreamt of a blue city and a man stalking two people that, when I woke up, somehow started twisting itself into my current idea.

            Yes, it draws its inspiration from my dreams and also original characters from the past, but it’s no longer just a silly series of ridiculous adventures.  I’ve added more seriousness to it, but the humor isn’t gone.  There’s also some philosophical stuff, but not in a boring way.  I hope there will be surprises and that people will want to keep reading so they can follow the mysteries as they unravel.

            What still remains of my dreams are many of the locations, some scenarios, and also one character and one character’s name.  The rest consists of original ideas from me, either completely new or from things I’ve done before.

            So far, I’ve designed several characters, but many need work.  The settings are in my head, but most aren’t on paper yet.  I’ve also written the first two issues and started the third so far.  I hope people will be interested in it.  Genre-wise, it’s more sci-fi, I suppose, but not with aliens and space travel or any of that, so it has a bit of fantasy, too, but more high-tech than my novel.

 The Ducky of Indeed