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It's exciting to see writers getting their due credit within the Comic Book industry as of late. It's funny but for a long time people seemed to forget that a good comic book story starts with, well, a story and not the artwork per se.
The artwork takes the story and transforms it into something magical and involving (in most cases) but ultimately people read comics for the words. And because writing is something accessible to everyone, people naturally assume it is not that hard, that anybody can do it, or that drawing is a lot harder by comparison.
I won't get into much detail on what's harder because one form of art can't live without the other in this medium, they are equally important but if you are a Writer without any art skills whatsoever, what do you do?
Not much to do.... you have to find artists willing to collaborate with you and hope the partnership works out. Most companies do not take Writing Samples as opposed to Art ones. We certainly don't have portfolio reviews at Comic Conventions either.
It's ironic that I have seen SEVERAL artists rant about either getting paid too little or not at all to work on a fellow aspiring comic book professional's comic and they are not wrong to do so, the least they should do is get paid for their time and talent but how about looking through the glass and seeing what's really going on the other side?
Well, I will tell you what's on the other side, that's an aspiring writer spending every cent he can spare to pursue a dream much like an artist's. We all want to find our places in the sun working for the big companies and the cool characters of the industry and like I said, I don't know which is harder, draw/color or write but I will tell you this: getting our foot on the door is much harder for writers, nobody reads texts these days so our only shot is spending money (a lot of it) to fund our very own comics.
Artists: remember that the next time you get involved in an independent comic book, you might complain about the pay, but the people on the other end can't even complain about that. We are all struggling and we should do that together.
I have the utmost respect for artists, I love working with them and seeing what they can do with so much as a pencil or a brush but sometimes I really feel under appreciated, certainly undervalued as a writer and as someone funding their own good comic book title, giving artists a chance to better their crafts and working professionally on a comic title.
Among several challenges, I have had more deadline problems than I can count, having to ask for re-dos or major touch-ups because artists didn't even care enough to read the screenplay, I had to stay on top of little details or even having to replace team members because better offers came up, the list goes on and on.
Getting the Lost Kids made was an herculean task, which I hope the team will look back at it and be proud of being a part of, and especially be thankful they helped a dream come true. If might not have been their dream but a dream nonetheless and they should value that and they should value the comic book they worked on.
If you helped the Lost Kids in any way, be proud and thankful, you were part of something special and not just something that meant a few bucks on your pocket at the end of the day. As we get ready to launch the comic, I sincerely hope all of you realize this has been quite the experience and this book is your reward, not the money.
Regardless of how you feel about the Lost Kids, know that I am very grateful you were a part of it, none of this would ever be possible without your involvement and from the bottom of my heart, my most sincere THANK YOU.
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Finally I got some time to sit down and work on a new article. This one is about breaking up your story in panels and how that is a collaborative effort between the writer and artist since it's key to the narrative of the book.
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Writing 302: Action in PanelsYou may think this is solely up to the illustrator of the book but in fact it's actually a shared responsibility between writers and pencillers.
Camera Angles and Storytelling through Panels
As a writer it's your job to define the pacing and flow of the page and how your story will reach the readers. The artist's job is to take those directions, execute them as best as he can and apply his vision on top of the writer's. It is a collaborative effort and that's why writers and artists have to keep a constant communication.
Drawing a pin-up is one thing, telling a story through pictures is something else entirely. All your choices have weight and they should mean something, you should be very conscious of every single decision you take as an artist/writer when working on a comic book.
A close up has a very different desired effect than a wide shot for instance, and they each communicate something specific to your readers. So always keep in mind, "What do I want to communicate wi
Writing 101 - Find Your Ending: fcagno.deviantart.com/gallery/…
Writing 102 - The Outline: fav.me/d2yqvso
Writing 201 - Crowd or Cast: fav.me/d2yt19l
Writing 202 - What's Your Job?: fav.me/d2yxj5x
Writing 203 - Nice to Meet You: fav.me/d2z8dw8
Writing 204 - Lego Blocks: fav.me/d2zmqr7
Writing 301 - Formatting: fav.me/d2zvobj
Team Effort 101: fav.me/d30zu2i
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