This is Nick Nall and I’s first published work. 8th Wonder Press was looking for short story pitches involving the use of science and/or MAD science. I knew I really wanted to use Nick’s mad cartooning skills to make an old fashioned cartoon in the style of the Looney Tunes AND I wanted it to be completely silent. NO dialogue. We came up with the 12 pages story of how a poor lonely Moonian named Loony literally MAKES friends.
I learned a lot from working on Loony. I learned about telling a story with images only. I learned how to better communicate with my collaborator and artists Nick (still working on that). I learned that I should not be so anal about it and let the artist do his job. I learned that sometimes, you should kill your “cool visual ideas” in order to put the story first. And I still learning.
February 15th, our pitch for 8th Wonder Press 2015 Anthology is due. I wish I could show you what we’re cooking. It has been quite challenging to tell a story in only 2 pages but we’re doing it and Nick is turning some dynamic and beautiful artwork like only he knows how.
March 15th is the deadline for the Top Cow Talent Hunt. I have two scripts written and well, reading them the other day, they’re pretty good and exciting! Still, I am working on another one and, per usual, the story I am telling now is my favorite. I don’t know what to do. Do I send all the scripts I have OR try and pick the best one (or at least whatI think is the best one)?
Like my wife said, “Just do what you think is right”…which means that I am going to bombard Top Cow with awesome stories.
So, as you might have guessed,I don’t have much time for blogging this week.
Earlier this year, 8th Wonder Press published their Comic Book Anthology “Science VS Mad Science”. Nick and I ‘s story “Loony the Moonian makes friends” was published in it and we were thrilled to be given a chance to be published for the first time.
A few days ago, I received an email from 8th Wonder Press announcing that they are now accepting submissions for their third volume and gosh, isn’t it a doozie!
This time, they are looking for 2 pages stories to be published in a saddle-stitched regular size Comic Book. I am so excited. It is such a great challenge to tell a story in such limited space and Nick and I are up for it.
You might already know that Nick and I got our first short Comicbook story published. If not, let me tell you that Nick and I got our first story published in an Anthology for 8th Wonder Press. We contributed a 12 pages black and white story for all ages. The book itself is fresh off the press and Nick and I are anxiously waiting to receive our comp copies. I personally cannot believe it until I see it.
In the meantime, I figured I’d share the cover for the Anthology by artist Ryan Dunlavey. Click on his name and check out his stuff, you won’t regret it!
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.
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.
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.