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More pitching…

Alright people, Nick and I are pitching to 8th Wonder Press for their Science/ Mad Science Anthology and the deadline is approaching. I like where the pitch is at and most people I pitch it to enjoy the story so that’s good. I posted it last week and I figured I would post it again with the added artwork. Thoughts, prayers and excited comments full of glee welcome!!!

Dear Submission Editor,

My name is Nicolas Izambard and I am writer. Together with artist Nick Nall, we wish to propose to you a story for your upcoming anthology. The story is titled: “Loony the Moonian Makes Friends”. Our story is one of Mad Science. It is 12 pages long and has no dialogue.

On the moon, Loony the Moonian is enjoying eating moon rocks, his favorite meal. He just wishes he had a friend to share it with. So he hops into his flying saucer and goes to earth. Using his technologically advanced tablet, he captures animals in the most fantastic ways. Projecting a gazelle hologram to catch a lion and using a decoy lake to trap a giraffe, Loony manages to catch dozens of animals from Africa. [Pages 1 to 3]

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Several sketches of Loony the Moonian by Nick Nall. It helped us decide on the final look.

As he flies back to the moon with the flying saucer full of animals, we see why Loony kidnapped them all in the first place. He has a plan. He wants to build the perfect friend. From the courage of a lion to the sense of humor of a Hyena, he is going to put it all together.  Back inside his lab on the moon, he uses special lasers to divide each animal into cubes (just like a sliding tile puzzle!).He then uses all the different cubes to build the most fantastically backwards looking animals. Unfortunately, no matter how many times he tries, he cannot put the perfect friend together. Disappointed in his failed experiments, Loony is about to discard a big pile of cubes when, suddenly, he trips and falls. All the cubes he was carrying fall to the ground and merge together to form a big, scary-looking creature. [Pages 4 to 7]

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A not-so-final version of page 5 to show you the sliding tile machine that Loony uses to “divide” animals.

The poor thing is made of all the wrong parts in all the wrong places! It has a giraffe’s neck for a tail, an elephant’s trunk for an arm and it is now chasing Loony through the lab so that it can get a big hug. The creature simply wants some love. Unfortunately, our friend the Moonian does not see it that way and has never been so scared in his entire life. So when the creature manages to catch him, he reaches for his tablet to release the many failed experiments he created. [Pages 8 and 9]

Scared of all the failed experiments Loony unleashed, the creature runs away from the lab. Using the distraction to his advantage, Loony hops into his flying saucer and escapes but the creature spots him in the distance and runs after the saucer. When it catches up to Loony, it jumps onto the saucer and causes them both to crash onto the moon’s surface. [Pages 10 and 11]

Later, Loony wakes up in his lab with bandages on his head. He is surrounded by all his failed experiments and the creature is dangerously approaching him! The creature offers him a plate of Moon rocks, his favorite, and they all share a meal together. Loony has not only made a friend in the creature, he did in fact make friends, not matter how imperfect they are. [page12]

The End.

The Method.

Well, A method. This is, in essence, the DC method that you can find in The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics. Check out last week’s post to learn more.

Like any method, it should be tailored, re-sized, and dyed to your own needs and tastes. I did not always use this method but ever since I started to, I don’t wanna stop. I find that it brings more discipline to the process and who doesn’t need more discipline?…especially when it comes to writing. Though I use the method for Comic Book Writing, it can be applied to any kind of writing.

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That’s what the method looks like on my PC for the Flo-Rida script. Concise stuff. I like.

Now the method pretty much requires that you possess a personal computer. That doesn’t mean you should stop using a pen and paper. You crazy? I still have a journal of sorts with some version of the story in it. You’ve gotta be ready for the Apocalypse. Just in case.

Once you have a computer, you’re gonna want to create a folder titled..well, whatever your title for your project is. I know. It’s probably not the final title since you’re just starting, but come on, you gotta call it something. Let’s say I call it “something”!

Now, inside my “something” folder, I create a SUB-folder for reference pictures. Phew!… you still with me? I know it’s getting tough for some of us tech-tards but hang on! You don’t have to make a sub-folder for pictures. You don’t have to use pictures at all. I just do. That’s the beauty of it, it’s totally up to you.I just enjoy looking at pictures in the research phase and I collect them for inspiration and to use as reference. Then I can show them to my artist if needed.

Let’s get to the meat of it. You wanna create 4 WORDS Documents entitled:

-“Something” NOTES:

That’s where you frantically gather random notes about your project, copy and paste Wikipedia pages and what not. “Un veritable Fourre-tout”= A put-it-all-in kinda place. (that’s what she said..haha). The research phase is my favorite. I’m a hoarder of research materials and that’s what this document is for. I also use it for dialogue ideas, some plotting, anything. Just vomit it all on the page! You can go fishing pearls later.

-“Something” PLOT:

Usually my shortest document. I try to summarize the entire story in 3 sentences then I toy with it a bit.

-“Something” OUTLINE:

This is the map you create here that will guide you through the long and hazardous scripting process. Mine sometimes look like this:outileex

Now this probably only makes sense to me but that’s all that matters, right? Of course, you change it, you re-write it, you perfect it until you’re ready for…

-“Something” SCRIPT:

The Script! ARRGH! I hate scripting, it is the least fun for me. I start only when I feel I have the story, a solid PLOT and good OUTLINE make scripting a lot easier. I usually start by writing a rough script so I can gauge for space. Once that is well established, I go in for details and clear panel descriptions to the artist. When it comes to formatting, I’m pretty standard. Maybe I’ll show another time.

That’ it folks. That’s the method. My method. The DC method. Whatever.

4 word docs, some pics if you like. Pretty straightforward and, more importantly, it’s ORGANIZED!

Try it, you might like it.

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Collaboration

For the first time, I feel that Nick and I are truly collaborating.

So far, I’ve been writing full scripts for The Activist and given them to Nick to draw. Period. We have discussions about layouts and whatnot but the story is mostly unchanged from the script to the final product. After the art is finished though, I always adjust dialogue in the lettering phase (or even delete it completely) so that it looks natural and the story is being told by the sequential art, not by the word balloons.

On our current project, things are different…and for the better.madthumb2

We are working on a new story to submit for the 8th Wonder Press Anthology : Science/Mad Science. I came up with an all-ages story that includes some sort of mad science (no spoilers here) and loosely wrote an outline but no script yet. From there, I figured Nick and I would meet and “make” the comic as we go, working together on telling the story, making choices, debating, and arguing, while he thumbnails every beat in the story without restrictions.madthumb3

We are only 3 pages in and meeting tomorrow to continue and finish telling the story. The script I will write will be based on this collaboration.

I have never done anything like that before. I do have a background in collaboration though, with my experience in Theatre as both an actor and a director but this is the first time I get to apply this to story telling in such a direct and rewarding fashion.

Many thanks to Nick for the opportunity and for being so flexible. We’re having a ball.

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