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.
Happy belated 2019 everyone. It has been too long since I’ve sat down and actually had time to write a blog with some significance or what I felt was on my mind to share. I have been working on my web comics for 8 years and I can say that it has been a great time for me. I love learning new ideas about making them, from the technology to the style that I use in my art. It also is a great way for me to relax and cope with stress before I start my morning. I normally do some type of art work before heading in to work, and it helps me to focus. With that being said, there are some downsides to making my web comics, and my biggest one comes up more times than I feel that it should..Time.
I talked about this before on my podcast The Learning Curve that time is truly not on my side when creating my web comics. I’ve focused on carving out pockets of time (in the mornings), and although I feel that I’ve been better at balancing my time with my life and web comics, I want more time to actually work to be better. I’m not saying that I’m stopping with making web comics. I’m saying the opposite, I’m hoping in 2019 that I can make MORE time. All I want is to make the type of web comics that people can read ad enjoy, like I do when I read so many great stories.
Let me know what types of problems you face making your web comics.
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.
I’ve got my studio back up and after being away from drawing, it felt good to restart the last page I worked on for the shield of justice. now, I’m far behind on the timeline so I’ll be working on the webcomic updates.
stay tuned, it’ll be a crazy run.