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The First Draft of My Second Comic is Done

I recently finished the first draft of my second comic script.  You know, the one that starts out black and white, with the artist girl and the bird.  It took from 5/1/11 to 7/23/11 to write, and I will start the second draft no earlier than 9/3/11.  It is 5 issues long, each about 20 pages or so.  It took up a good chunk of my “Nightmare Before Christmas” notebook.  Gosh, I’m gonna need a new one soon!

            This comic was a lot of fun to write and easier than the last one, probably since so far, it has a simpler plot.  I still don’t have names for anyone yet, though.  The main character got MG (main girl) to show when it’s her dialogue.  The bird got B.  I need to give them names!  I will be at least drawing the two main characters sometime soon-ish.  I need to design the rest sometime, too.

            There are some parts I don’t like so much, such as the beginning and end, but I think I have more going on in the middle than the last comic.  It’s like a plump sandwich with yummy innards, but bad bread.  Some details must still be sorted out, such as what the main character is able to do with her magic art skills, plus plot holes must be filled in.  They’re a danger to all.

            I’ve also started the second draft of my first comic.  I’m going to figure out what is going to happen in each issue and try to fix any plot holes.  I’ll summarize one issue at a time, then, add in some other bits and pieces.  I’m going to make some changes to make the story more interesting.  Once I have a good summary of the whole thing, I’ll start rewriting it one issue at a time.  By the time I’m done, I hope to at least have the whole story there and all the action, and maybe draft three will finish it up.

            So far, I’ve figured out a whole bunch of general info.  What the characters are doing and why and all that.  Then, I summarized a few issues so far.  It’s been fun.  I look forward to seeing what this story is going to end up like.  I think if I do it right, it could be a good story.

MD, Main 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