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.
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.