The plot of my web comic starts by thinking about what type of story it will be and how I can put that to a story. The story for the newest web comic I’m working on came to me three years ago as just some idea and writing them down (I usually carry a small memo book so I can write things down). I start adding more to the plot: Where it will take place, the characters involved, the main and secondary story lines. I’ve done a superhero type of story already so I wanted to go this time with an adventure type.
I really started developing the ideas I had to see which ones I would narrow down to the one I wanted. I eventually decided to work with a dimensional travel adventure. I was excited about the idea and I kept adding to the plot, then leave it for a day. I come back to it, reread it and decide what goes and what stays.
That’s it for now on the plot. It may seem a bit strange to some but it works for me, as it should be for you. Let me know how you come up with your plots.
Welcome to the first part of my web comic world building. This is the first time that I’ve written this down, so just bear with me. When I was starting the Shield of Justice, that was my first (and only so far) web comic that I created. A lot of the things I learned was from the Internet, like going to groups to find out about software, Googling different sites that I can post on, and books that talked about web comic design and comic book styles.
Before I started however, I wanted to think about what the web comic was going to be about, because I had an idea but what was the main theme? Starting with this would be the most important part for me. The entire web comic would fall into place if I knew what the main character’s motivation would be. In the Shield of Justice, the theme was about redemption. A past mistake that changed my main character’s life and also those around him. He would do whatever he could to get redemption for that mistake and the story grew around that theme.
Looking back on what I’ve done so far, there was TONS of backstory that I should have built up on before doing the plot and scripts but it was my first run on making a web comic. I’ve gotten good advise over the years on web comics. My new web comic that I’m starting will revolve around faith and how it will impact many of the characters in the stories.
This will be it for part one of my world building experience, I’ll learn more as I go and blog about it. Let me know what’s your strategy for world building. As always, be blessed.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve blogged on the Capes and Cowl. I’ve had a lot of things going on in my life, but even when I’ve had the time, I always put it off for “later”. I’m working on putting more effort into keeping this on a regular two week schedule again, so I decided to start today.
This topic I spun off of a question on Twitter from Gail Simone (one of my favorite writers), about discussing your happiest nerd day. I was thinking about this afterwards and I already knew what it going to be on the spot. I then started thinking that what was my proudest nerd moment? To me, there is a difference between my happiest and my proudest nerd moments.
My happiest was when I met Stan Lee and was able to ask him a question without sounding like my brain shut off my speech. That was a very happy day for me because I never thought I would meet him in my life. My proudest was because it was something that I accomplished in the comic realm that I love. This moment was when I hosted my first web comic panel at the Cincinnati Comic Expo. I was nervous and excited at the same time when I was picked and found out what day I was going on. I didn’t even think about writing down what I would say I just went and decided to “wing it”.
My best friend, who is into comics as well, came down for support, and actually took the picture that I use for some social media pages I have. I didn’t expect ANY one to show up for the panel, but I was shocked by how many were interested! Great questions were asked, and it was an incredible feeling to talk to others who were webcomic creators. That moment inspired me to put more work in on my web comics and I’ll never forget.
Which one was yours?