Ever since I was inspired to start drawing and storytelling again, I've felt like I had little to show for my it besides a deeper understanding of the craft. So I set out to make this mini-comic after having read Arclight Comics book, Create. Validate. & Build Your Fandom with Mini Issues. Judging by the title of the book you might think someone reading this is hoping to achieve fortune and fame. Anyone who understands the comic industry knows that rarely happens and that creating comics is about a deep passion for the medium. However, this book is a great resource that will help you figure out how to work smart when creating your comics. Another reason we create comics is to share stories and connect with people. If we become more effective storytellers it would be a disservice to potential readers to not take advantage of the opportunity to learn from the experience of those who've gone before us.
Here's my first mini-comic. It’s not great but it’s done and that’s the biggest thing for me.
Now that I've completed this mini-comic, I’ve been considering what project I should focus on next. Going forward, I want to put more time into character & world design to create a cohesive visual narrative.
- I’ve got one story pretty well thought out and with character designs in progress.
- Another story that I’ve been doing some restructuring to because I felt the protagonists lacked a real motive for the adventure thrust upon him. This story is also the follow-up to the mini-comic above.
- I also have a new idea based on making choices in the face of a potentially life threatening situation.
- The last Idea I have is to take the story-based lyrics of the band La Dispute's record Rooms of The House and turn the songs into comics.
- This would allow me the opportunity to focus more on capturing the visual representation of an existing story. I'll have to translate the songs into a comic script format, but the stories are already there.
- I did some research and found that someone already made a comic out of one of the songs from their previous record Wildlife. I was stuck between which record I should make into a comic. Both records would be a challenge, however, I feel like the stories of Wildlife would be more challenging than Rooms because there stories feel so complex and have more abstract imagery and just an overall darker tone.
I'm leaning towards the La Dispute comics as my next project. However, I will more than likely continue developing the other stories. I'm looking forward to the day I choose to focus on one of the first two projects, but I don't feel that I can do them justice yet.
I love hearing about experiences and how they develop from ideas into stories. Are there any things that you do to help you form your ideas into stories?