Friday, February 03, 2006
I'm in the process of roughing out the rest of the book so I can determine how many pages it's going to take to finish off the story.
From there I'll be able to set my schedule for the next 3 1/2 months. I'm aiming for a 128 page book (twice the size of Part 1) with 120 pages of story (3 times that of Part 1) and an 8 page pin-up section. Out of the last 34 pages I've roughed, 26 of them are pure action, as I'm sure the majority of the remaining 35 pages will be. It's really coming fast now at about 20 pages a week. The rest of the book is fairly locked in my head (unlike the middle section which required a lot of editing and research), so I'll be able to get out the roughs in the next 2 weeks.
I'm taking a kind of "winging it" approach that was influenced by Mark Andrews. I have an outline and a few ideas for scenes, but I'm forging ahead without a script or any details. Many things are coming to me as I draw; the spontaneity is really refreshing and allows me to come up with things I probably never would have thought of if I were writing the whole thing ahead of time. I encourage any of you who are thinking about a first comic to try this approach; it gets you drawing quickly and keeps things fresh and spontaneous.
Isabel undergoes a major change about 2/3 of the way through the book which I never intended but it's working so well I'm rolling with it. Can't wait to get to the conclusion.
No post without an image, so here's a little something.