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    • CommentAuthorSpenceball
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2008
    We don't only want to make comics, at the Great Ape Press are launching in November. Keep in mind it's all under construction. We'll be at Wizard World Texas in November, just days after the launch. Drop by our forum and say hello if you would like.
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2008
    Me too me too etc.

    A writer friend and I put together a 50-page mini that we handed out at MOCCA this year. Beyond that, real life keeps cutting into my comic and drawing time.
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    I'd love to make a comic, but I have a series of big problems.

    I have no ability to write (in the sense I have no concept of how to write/script a story competently enough to make it worth reading. Anyone can slap a bunch of words on a picture. It takes a true writer to make it work). So that's out.
    I have no ability to draw (unless I'm aiming for something akin to the quality of a 5 year old's finger painting). So that's one more against me.
    I have, however, a bunch of story ideas. General stuff, but they work (when I'm thinking about them). But I have no idea how to turn them into anything beyond that, mainly due to the aforementioned problems.
    I have the groundwork for what the book is about and what each of the characters mean, but I don't have any idea how to start it and make the ideas flow well.

    Hell, if I could just give the idea to a competent writer/artist team and tell them the basic ideas of everything and let them go from there, I absolutely would. But something like that, I assume, would result in some kind of loss of creator ownership or credit, and that's something I'd prefer not to do. That, and my book is another superhero story, so naturally it would never get noticed by anyone anyway.

    Anyone have any suggestions?
    • CommentAuthorMason
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2008 edited
    I write and self publish my comics.

    Just sent off issues 2 and 3 of my zombie-detective-noir to a POD service. Maybe I'll get my circulation up to 12 with these. *crosses fingers
    • CommentAuthorbiggdiel
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2008
    Yes! I'm waving, see me?! =o) Thank you Warren, for everything you do to help us lowlies out here that cannot do it all alone. My biggest problem is time, and procrastination when the latter comes round.

    I wish I could draw, but I guess I can't let that be an excuse. You can't draw either. =o)

    How do you do it, Warren, with a family. Well, I guess you didn;t really have a family did you, before you broke through. When was your last day job? I really enjoy my job, but I'd rather write for a living. But, it takes a lot to bring home the bacon when you're writing and no one knows you.

    Okay... rambling now.

    I'll go. =o)
    • CommentAuthorcrismans
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2008
    I've been working at it for a while. I have a few stories published in comics anthologies and a new series (my first work for hire), Elemental Fources, has its first two issues out on the stands. After finishing that six issue mini and my novel (which I'm shopping to agents), I 've taken a little break but I'm going to get back on the horse. I've made a little headway and now's not the time to rest.
    • CommentAuthorPandja
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2008
    I just finished University at a school with a pathetic art department, and will be moving to Oregon to attend an actual Art institute so I can become an artist. I especially want to get into comic books, but would also be dabble in conceptual art and other forms of illustration.

    At the moment, I know I rather desperately lack the skills necessary. But I have a lot of hope for the future. ^_^. Mr. Ellis is one of my biggest heroes, and It would tickle me moonbound to eventually be a part of a project of his.
    • CommentAuthorStin
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2008
    I originally decided to try and make a comic as a way of understanding the medium in a way other than simply reading them.
    I think comics and sequential art (including webcomics) helps you think in a different way, which only they are capable of conveying.
    So far I've written two 6 page short stories and an unfinished larger series. I'm currently colaborating on a 6 issue 22p series with another writer.
    Art wise, I've penciled and inked 3 pages from each short story and I'm in the process of doing the concept work and layouts for the first issue of the collaboration.

    While I know that I dont have the time or drive to make comics my profession, Im greatly enjoying making comics as a hobby.
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    Heyo. I'm working on a script currently dealing with a man who wants to kill himself but doesn't have the balls to do it. SO he does the next logical thing: hires an assassin.
  3.  (3416.10)
    *hangs head mournfully* I, too, have the virus. Since I became obsessed with manga when I was 9, I've been on and off attempting to figure out how to make 'em myself. About four or five years ago, I switched interest into western comics. I write and draw, both. Some day I hope to be passable at either.

    My user name is taken from the title of the comic I've been trying to cobble together for years now; The Stars Unwanted. My problem is that I know what the overall plot is, what's meant to happen, who's doing what, etc. I just keep rewriting and redoing the same basic scenes hoping to improve, and it kills the progress fairy.

    @Patrick Brown: thanks for the tip on montage theory. Sounds worth looking into.
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    I want to, right now I'm drawing for a script a friend wrote, as well as trying to work on my own stories as well. I feel I need to improve on my draftsmanship though.
      CommentAuthorJon Wake
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2008
    Jesus fuckin' Liebowitz, you'd have been better off asking who isn't writing a comic.

    Because I'm a slave to trends, I've got a script at the artists, one on the hunt, and more coming upon me like so much sequential bukkake.
    • CommentAuthorWhimsical
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2008
    *waves hand*

    I'm a decent writer, but I can't draw worth crap. I'd LOVE to write comic books in addition to my as yet unpublished short stories and novel.
    • CommentAuthorlux23
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2008
    Would definitely like to get to writing, have a few pieces on paper currently, but nothing cohesive
    • CommentAuthorNecros
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2008
    Aspiring to write comics, unable to draw a lick.

    I need to find an artist to collaborate with me, who is interested in the same types of projects I want to write.
    • CommentAuthorxforce1983
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2008
    Yeah I've written about fifteen different comic scripts, a couple of them on-going series that I've put on the back burner until I can find an artist. Finding an artist that can make a person not look like an amorphous blob has to be about the hardest thing in the world.
    • CommentAuthorZJVavrek
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2008
    I don't actually want to be a professional writer. It's not that I don't enjoy the craft, but that I don't feel like exposing myself to the criticism inherent in being a professional. (Either from detractors or my editor, take your pick.) There are other things that I'm better at and better at handling criticism about.

    That said, I enjoy writing. I'm a very visual writer and I have the most fun when I'm working with another person to create something. From that, I've deduced that what I'd really enjoy would be to write for comic books and see my ideas drawn out better than I can imagine.

    So yeah, add my name to the pile.
  5.  (3416.18)
    I already have some short stories written, but I would love to be a full time comic writer. Hell, I'll do it for free right now, just as long as I can have one copy to read myself and laugh at.
    So far, I mostly just write shorts where people die horrifically, but eventually I may branch out and have deep psychological character studies where characters have raunchy sex, and then die horribly.
    If anyone wants to draw some pictures and email me them, I'll write some stuff for it. Man, I don't know shit about the writing process for comics, but I know I'm great at making silly scenarios and one liners, such as the fact that a large breasted bald woman with the face of a snake just came into my room, and now I'm fighting her off with a pitchfork in my stained black wifebeater with a lit joint in my mouth.
    Someone draw that!!!
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2008
    I would LOVE to create comics for a living. However, I cannot draw. I can letter, color, and ink to some degree, but my style lacks.... skill.

    I am writing a few serial novels, which people beg for extra chapters, and my wife and I are working on a webcomic, albeit slowly.
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    I have a book on the way from a known publisher. I'm co-writing it with a known writer/artist.

    But it hasn't been officially announced yet, so that's all I'll say until it is.

    When it's official I'll tell everyone, all the time.