#sinkorswim..Be blessed everyone
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.
It has been a long haul so far for me these last two months. I moved to a new home, and I started back in online school again, so you can see how I had gotten behind on my web comic. Things seem to have leveled out again so next month, I’ll be back up to speed with The Learning Curve podcast (second Tuesday of the month), Capes and Cowl blog and posting Shield of Justice on its normal schedule (second Sunday of the month). It’s been difficult, but thanks to you all for hanging with me on this journey and hopefully for new and current followers, I won’t disappoint.
Page 13 in the books. Time to relax, set up and repeat.
Inks are finished, now, my favorite part..Coloring
Just as I thought, today was packed with fans, vendors were selling items, and art and media guests were rocking and rolling all day with signings, pictures and panels. I took so many pictures, my camera was full. I’ll have pictures tomorrow after day 3 is over and I have time to look through them all and post, so stay tuned.
Page 6 is complete. Stay tuned for more updates on Page 7. Have a happy and safe Labor Day!
Not to long ago, my adult nephew asked me about getting back into the comic book reading realm. Sounds great to me, as he’s basically carrying on the comic book tradition in the family. What made it even more of surprising, is what he asked next: What book should I start off with? I really hesitated because I didn’t know what he liked. So I told him to think about what interest him and go with that. It did get me thinking about comics and what makes them interesting enough for me to put down my hard earned money. There’s several reasons why but I decided on top 3. So…in reverse order..
3. Artists/Writers: I like to take chances at times on a comic if I like a new book based on the artwork. Cover pages are a plus, too because, of course that’s what draws on my curiosity. I took a chance on the Kato comic book a while ago and I was pleasantly surprised by the results (good story and art). Overall, I do go back to my favorite artists or writers that may be either working on my current book I’m reading starting on another one that I’ve never read before. I like to expand my horizons. For me, a good story beats good art if you can’t get both.
2. Price: This is one that I was thinking on going up to one because it makes sense to me. I do love Marvel, DC and other companies, but with the prices going up, I had to shave off some really good books that I gave a chance to read out of my budget. I get that the prices go up but price does make a difference. If I can find a great book that I’m really interested in buying, I would bypass the price once in a while. The price does matter to me in the long run, however, and if I can find several books for a good price, the better.
1. Interest in the character(s): Nothing makes me want to buy a comic more than seeing what lies ahead for the characters involved. Whether hearing about it on social media or the comic book store, Story driven characters have always been the best part of buying them. I like to see what happens to the good guys and the bad, always hoping that the story continues and looking forward to the end of the stories. These inspired me to create my own characters and stories for my web comics and i’m grateful for it.