Comics writing, Creative analysis, Writing

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I’ve completed National Novel Writing Month. The last few days had been really hard – had a bad reaction to antibiotics this week and couldn’t sit up yesterday, when I had just 3000 words left – but I managed to work pass the pain today. You can see my validated entry here.

Technically, the novel isn’t finished, but I’m not sure I want it to continue as a novel. Due to how visual the body of Compromised Systems ended up being, I do feel strongly that it would work far better as a series of comics than as a piece of written prose. So I’m gonna look at adapting it. Though maybe I’m being harsh on myself – I do have plans to inflict it on several guinea pigs before making a definite choice.

To be honest, the whole process reminded me why I switched from writing in the novel format to screenplays and comics five years ago. I really don’t do introverted writing with characters deeply dwelling on their situation. Not that I’m all action either. I prefer events and surroundings to reflect the inner workings of the mind.

Anyway. I’m gonna go and have a lie down or something. Going to my area’s TGO party tomorrow.

And a shout-out to the NaNoWriPod! who helped get me through this last week.

Completed NaNoWriMo 2013

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Comics writing, Creative analysis, Design, Writing

What’s your situation as a comics/graphic novels creator?

This is the question I hope to explore with a new survey I’m launching today. What’s your situation as a comics/graphic novels creator? (link goes to Google form) is an attempt to figure out what’s happening in the industry in relation to things like pay, training and location. And I hope that I can get loads of people to fill it in, because comics and graphic novels creators have got a big problem:

There is little transparency about the pay and conditions of writers, pencillers, inkers, letterers, colourists and cover artists in today’s “global downturn” world. Continue reading

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Comics writing, Writing

Tiger sharks and cholera

Why is there a sketch of a Tiger Shark? It’s here because my latest short comic features one in a glass tank. The short comic has been written around the theme of “tasty” and I’m hoping that it will end-up in a certain comics anthology later this year (more details on which when it does or doesn’t succeed in getting in).  Continue reading

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