The 16th of March

It is the 16th of March, and I have no new rapid City script to post.That is not a sad thing, however, because Kav and I have been working on a different script project. This method we are using is much more collaborative, and that makes it harder to predict how long it will take to get it done. That script is not complete, but it is done to the point where it is at least usable by an artist.

I am not really happy that i missed this deadline, but i am not crushed by it either. I have been a few days late in the past... and I am breaking in a whole new method of getting comics done. So, I give myself a little grace period there.

Open Studio 9/2/2012 Marvel Style

Since listening to the Decompressed podcast on Marvel Style, I have been fascinated by it.I want to try it right away! I usually over-write my panels just a bit in the full-script style. I think that, by this point, Kav knows that this is not me being obnoxious, but rather uncertain. I also tend to let the dialog lead the scene. I mean that I will often just let the characters talk... let them flow where ever they want to go. This is why i have so much repetition in my early drafts. Then I will take all of that rambling and pare it down into tighter flow, one that actually moves from turning point to turning point. I use those turning points to plan out my panel breaks. Every time the conversation changes direction, I need a new panel. That method works pretty well.

But, in my zeal to use Marvel Style, I have been trying something else on my latest issue. Instead of think about what everyone is going to say, I have been trying to think about what the page, or the next panel, should look like. Then I just write that. With little dialog tags like "COIL speaks" so that I know I have to come back and put in SOME kind of chatter. It is so much fun, and it makes the dialog that eventually goes in so much more vibrant. This is just my half-ass Marvel Style and I already love it! -Josh

Josh you are really onto something-this is a very dynamic and responsive writing method and you can utilize it on the books I have already drawn-that's the beauty of it....

one downside of the method is it led to the infamous Lee/Ditko feud.  But i never want credit for anything but the art so this would never be an issue with me and any writer.  Of course I didn't co plot any of RC but I'm just sayin.


Decompressed podcast

I have been listening to Kieron Gillen's podcast, Decompressed. It is, without a doubt, the best thing I have ever heard on the craft of making comics.

It is a writer talking to other comics creators about the craft of making comics. I have heard some good writing podcasts where a writer simply gives advice, or podcasts where creators tell stories from behind the scenes, and there are others (like ifanboy's Make Comics)... and they are great. But none of them do what Decompressed does.

Decompressed is comics creators discussing the application of theory to the craft of making comics. Form first-day novice to Comics Grand Champion, you have something to gain from discussions like these.

I wish there were new ones every single day.

If you make comics, go listen to these. -Josh

Rapid production

As I have mentioned elsewhere, Rapid City is in a few different stages of production at any one moment.I am constantly writing scripts. In fact, this project began as an experiment in which I challenged myself to write a complete comic book script every single month. I used this site to post those scripts, and updates on my process of creating them. Over a year into that script project, Kav started to draw comics from those scripts. He is churning out issues faster and faster, but I never let up on my script-a-month schedule.

Kav is doing an amazing job drawing Rapid City #6, but at that very same moment, I am starting work on the script for Rapid City #35.

The fun situation that this creates for is that Kav, who probably knows more about Rapid City than anyone outside of my head, is still more than two years out of date with what is going on in Rapid City!

Earlier today I posted the notification that issue #34 was finished, and in doing so I called it a "supervillain comic book". This led Kav comment...

I thought it was a superhero book dude. -Kav

Kav, it is a superhero comic book. But things change. You may have noticed an already darkening tone in the early Rapid City stories. I don't want to spoil it, but in issue #24 some very big decisions are made. And then, from issue 25 on, the series focuses the supervillain community in Rapid City.

But don't worry, by 37 or 38 it will be a superhero book again. -Josh

always breaking the rules! great! PS what if some Rapid City Superheroes visit their nemeses in Slowville?