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E.H. Feldman. Do you think it's a cry for help?
I’m not a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, I’m a Raving Harpy Nightmare Woman.
saintnickdesu asked: Random question. And I know you answered it before but good lord man your tumblr has tons of stuff burying it. So, uh. Any tips for a prose-writer who wants to try her hand at comic-scripting?
Well, that’s an advantage there and then. You know how to structure a story.
Google up Warren Ellis’ COME IN ALONE columns about writing comics, which is a three part thing, and pretty much where I got my start. Go to the comic script archive, which is also googleable. Ideally get a comic which you love that has a script (or even one you hate), and go through it, and see how they match up, and what the writer actually wrote to give the effect. Take a comic you love, and reverse engineer the script (as in, write what you’d think you need to create that comic - that starts you thinking about what are the actual key visual elements of a comic). Take one of your own stories and then convert to a comic script. Make it a conversion - don’t try and get it all in, make it work for the medium, etc. Start thinking about shortform stories you could talk an artist into drawing (1-5 pages). Realise how much (or little) you can get into the space, and build accordingly. Find an artist. Get them to draw it. Be prepared for many people who said they’ll draw a story to flake. This is because art is hard and lengthy work, and as a writer you have to understand that. You instantly learn about forty times as much from a single drawn page by any artist (whether the best or the worst in the world) than a page of script, as your errors will be 100% visible on the page. If you’re not sticking your fist in your mouth at least at a couple of points, you’re not looking hard enough. At least consider executing a comic on your own, no matter what your art skill. I can’t draw at all and did comics in my small press days. There’s a 350-odd page photo-webcomic I did in the early 00s trying things out. Don’t worry about whether it’s any good or not. Give yourself permission to be crap. Do stuff.
|Donna:||Ever year on Thanksgiving, the President pardons a turkey.|
|CJ:||He pardons a turkey.|
|Donna:||Yeah, and it's your event, so.|
|CJ:||Why are there two?|
|CJ:||Why are there two turkeys?|
|Donna:||Customarily, the Press Secretary decides -|
|Donna:||Which of the two finalists is more photogenic. Their names -|
|CJ:||I don't want to know their names.|
|Donna:||This one's Eric and this one's Troy.|
|CJ:||Eric and Troy.|
|CJ:||And I'm to choose the more photogenic of the two to receive a Presidential pardon.|
|CJ:||Okay, I have actually a Masters degree from the University of California at Berkeley.|
|Donna:||That's a good school.|
|Donna:||They eat grain or really whatever's lying around. And Troy doesn't like to be touched.|
|CJ:||Okay. I'd like to be alone now.|
"how will i explain gay couples to my children”
if you can explain to your children that an immortal man in a red suit who lives in the north pole travels around the entire world on one night every year on a sleigh carried by magical flying deer i think itll be easy enough to tell them two people are in love