Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Another Comic Project
Did I post this before? I don't think so....
A few years ago I came up with a story for a graphic novel that I loved. I wrote everything up in text form, but just haven't gotten started on it yet. Might get to it once I finish my Gorgon 2.0 and the next Monsters & Dames submission. I'm calling it "Handy's Ferry." The climax is set in New Orleans.
Trouble is, the way I originally came up with the story, myself and the other three members of my high school band are the "protagonists." (This sounds horrible, unimaginative, and self-indulgent, but it isn't--it's not about us, it's just that we are a good set of four disparate characters with a way of interacting that I understand and can exploit in a fictional setting.)
The four of us still keep in touch (a very good thing), (usually thru endless email chains)...one day one of us was feeling a little down, so I inked this sketch for the book and shared it, hoping to give him a laugh. But also, y'know, hoping to get some excitement fer the project, which I've talked about for a while now. My depressed friend got a mild chuckle...but everyone else hated it. And I've been soured on the project ever since.
Maybe you guys can comment and let me know what you don't like. I haven't finished "coloring" the page--I know I need more going on behind them. I'm trying to keep the style more "straight." And seriously--there's no way I can do an entire story trying to draw "myself." So the character designs have to change. Not that it looks much like me here!
p.s. one of the funny reasons people hated it: I was the only one in pants (?!?)