If that thing I just did worked then this post I am posting to blog will automatically be tweeted to my twitter, and then the widget which monitors my twitter will re-post it back to my blog!
Last night I sat and wrote four new comic pages, a complete scene in the Maxwell Murder story line. I spent a good amount of time just staring blankly at the computer screen.
My girlfriend went to bed and I said “I will be there soon.” and I kept plugging away at that scene until it was done.
The scene is pretty good. Maxwell is becoming a fairly interesting character. But, that is not what I am proud of. Right now I am just proud that I did not let myself get distracted.
The trap of progress.
I have been working lately on getting this blog up and running. This part of my writing project, but it is NOT writing. I have been putting time in, I have been working, but I have not been writing.
Even right now, i am clicking away at the keys, but I am not writing.
I can even double justify this procrastination with this particular project. In feeling this way, I am doing research on what my character feels when he has everything he needs to get started, but just winds up spinning his wheels.
Time wasting, though, is never as frustrating and depressing as time WASTED. Once its gone, its gone. You look at it and you say “what did I do with my day, my week, my life?”
The flip of that, though, is that the scary dismay can turn in to motivation. “Ok, I wasted X, i can’t waste one more minute.”
Staying true to my experiment, one of my biggest challenges seems to be conflict.
If the story of Kinetic’s struggle to start being a superhero is to mirror my own struggles to start writing a superhero comic book, then his biggest initial obstacle is just doing it.
How do you go from not doing it to doing it? You start doing it!
The trouble with that is, that it is hard to dramatize (especially in an action-heavy genre) the LACK of something to do, and the internal motivation to get out there and do it anyway.
Usually you can conceive of an antagonist who embodies an opposing ideal (altruism vs selfishness). But when the concepts being personified are action and inaction……
Dramatizing inaction is practically an oxymoron. It winds up looking a lot like moping.
Well, here’s hoping that Kinetic finds a worthy antagonist real soon.
This script project is an experiment.
I love superhero stories and I love when superheroes can function as social and personal metaphors.
I decided a few months ago that I would stop waiting for circumstances and collaborators to align themselves. I decided to move ahead as though I had everything else I needed to produce a monthly superhero comic book. What better way to learn how to do it than to just start doing it?
But what to write about?
I knew I wanted it to be a superhero story, but I didn’t know exactly how to do it or what to do it about. I knew I wanted it to be about something that was important to me. The story should be a metaphor for some personal struggle.
I was struggling to find a struggle.
So that was it. I was trying to learn how to write a superhero comic book by just diving in and doing it….therefore, I would write about a superhero trying to get his start by just diving in and doing it.
His struggles would reflect mine.
If you read the first issue, you will find that the main character is trying to decide on a name. During that time, I was trying to think of a name for my lead character.
This is me learning as I go by writing about a character who is learning as he goes.
This is the script for the first issue of my monthly superhero comic book, Rapid City.
Panel 5: Rampart powering down and looking around all exhausted. Similar high angle shot, but this time there is much more disarray. People are scrambling and cars are trying to back up or leave somehow. Some people are abandoning their cars if they are blocked in.
When people hear it, they’ll be relieved. Like, “ok, BLANK is here.”
I began this as an experiment in “jumping in”. There are things that will need to be changed before print publication, but I wanted to preserve in the interest of the experiment.
This had been my comics review blog.
That was something I started doing to keep myself thinking about comics in a critical way, and writing. I stopped doing that because I fell behind on the schedule and was just not motivated to keep it up.
Then, a few months ago I read something on the editorial page of a recent “overnight sensation” comic book.
I don’t even remember what it actually said, but I remember it made me feel like an idiot.
This guy was writing comics. I wanted to write comics, but I wasn’t. Why not? Regardless of what the answer was at that particular moment….it was just another excuse. I wanted to write, but I wasn’t writing.
That’s when i got the idea to start this project. I don’t need to worry about the drawing, or the marketing, or publishing…or any of that. I want to write. So I am writing.
…and, posting a issue’s worth of script here in this blog.