Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Flexing new muscles!

I've been pretty busy working on RECKLESS recently & will continue to be busy until the book is done, so I hope you'll forgive the random times of not posting/updating. Anyway, I'd like to keep y'all in the loop from time to time as I make progress with RECKLESS so you can see the journey from concept to finished graphic novel. With that in mind, please understand there are some things I cannot show you before the book is done and other things that I can.
I just wanted to speak my mind for a bit about writing. You could say I've been writing stories ever since I could hold a pencil in my hand, but not necessarily in words, instead with drawings. And over the past years I've delved more and more into telling stories with words and drawings. Writing a monthly comic book for an audience to read issue by issue, 22 pages at a time is different than writing a BIG complete story to be read all at once. Especially if that monthly comic book series is ON-GOING... you have the freedom to let things linger for as long as you want before returning to tie up any loose ends. Not the case with a graphic novel. It must be a cohesive and entertaining story communicated clearly; easier said than done.

That is my goal for RECKLESS because the story is one that is close to my heart.
So, I've committed to giving the story all that it deserves by putting my best into it in a timely manner. After all, you don't ever really finish a story, you just run out of time; those darn deadlines. However, if there were no deadlines, nothing would ever get done. You'd just be working on the same thing over and over again and never reach that "perfection" that you've built up in your head.

So I'm flexing new muscles with this story and treading new territory, the world of words! I'm writing a full script for RECKLESS, which is different than the way I usually work. I normally work from a combination of a story outline with beat by beat events and rough storyboards I've drawn while writing the outline - its always worked for me in the past, however that was for short single issue stories. I feel that I need more for a larger story, hence the full script. At the end of the day, all that matters is what works and what doesn't; I feel the full script helps in making it work. I'm having a great time with it, and I can see why other writers can work on 2 or 3 different comic book series at once every month. Its so much fun and it doesn't take anywhere near the amount of time it would to draw it.

The RECKLESS online journal won't be the focus of this blog, in case you were worried. Of course I'll show you what I can from RECKLESS along the way, but it won't be the only thing I post.... I started this blog so that I could post whatever I want, whenever I want. So stay tuned, cause there are some really cool things coming up for both RECKLESS and other projects I'm working on, not to mention my random sketches and other fun stuff. Thanks.

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