The Makings of a Comic
Snow Blood will Become a Webtoon
Disclaimer: I have no idea what I'm doing. Please don't take this as a guide to make your story a comic.
We have begun.
Oh wait... nobody knows (aside from my gaming group) that I'm actually doing a comic. So let me back up a bit. Okay, I might have eluded to it in the Writing from hobby to career post. But now I get to lay it all out!
We all know I'm a nerd. I love anime, cartoons, animation, comics and all those mediums of art. But I can't draw worth cracker barrels. Nor do I wanna. I want to write stories. I want to tell stories. I want to show everyone how they can be excellent to each other.
Ana has been my illustrator for the past year. She's good, and I mean really good. Want to see more of her work? Click on the "writing from hobby to career" link above and you'll see her amazingness. You can also see all her art in all the DESPERATE MEASURES Categories posts.
Week after week she gives me the hours and progressions I need. This is the kind of person you want on your team. She's consistent and personable.
With her, I'd know illustrating larger projects would be a fun adventure. Projects like, putting a book in webtoon form.
So I asked her if she was willing to do an online comic with me, and to my delight, she said yes!!
Because we both don't have experience making a WEBTOON comic (Please let me make it clear that Ana has done comics before just not a Webtoon) we are forming our own little procedures.
Because this is the first time for me, I'm relying on Ana to tell me what she needs.
While this is going to be a long-term project, we will start off small. I told Ana she could do any style she wanted and gave her examples of my favorite Webtoon comics. But I told her she had creative license. Her thoughts and experience are invaluable and we're running with that.
I have a set of goals I outlined for her and this is what they were:
But this project hinges on Ana and how fast I can bring in money for the comic. I only want to do this because Ana is talented AND reliable. Reliable is really a huge part of it.
I've been looking for an artist with these qualities and I've been working with Ana for over a year, so it's time to start my webtoon dream.
The webtoon will be free but Patreon members will be the first to get new chapters, bonuses, sketch art and anything else that comes.
I write down scenes as panels for Ana. Batches work best for me as doing the whole story panel by panel is more time I can stand in one sitting. (har-har see what I did there?)
She doesn't have to read the book or decide what goes where. Because this comic is based on a story that I have to turn into a panel. If you're wondering what novel we're converting, it's Snow Blood by Carol McKibben.
Ana reads the word file, asks me questions and then gives me sketches. It's pretty straight forward.
We started off with character sketches which PDF's will be included in the Patreon to download but anyone can see these sheets on my instagram.
We've done all the character sketches and the first seven panels and the Welcome test panel but we aren't sure how long this will take. I think we'll do the sketches of one chapter and then go back for ink and color.
Once we know what we can do we'll schedule updates and drop art after Ana gets a head start. My goal is to release once a week. But it may only be once a month to start.
Again, we don't have experience so this is on the fly and we're learning as we go. Judging us right now is like kicking a puppy for trying to walk.
For those of you on my list or/and are faithful enough to come to my website (because let's face it, only the die hard fans come here) I present to you a montage of our main character, Snow Blood.
And no, it's not a furry comic (animals presented as people) mostly.
So now you know as much as I do! More to come. Wish us luck!!