My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.
And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie."
whoo boy am I sick of this, yuuuup
gangerworld said: Hey there. If you don't mind me asking, I was wondering what your process was for making a comic. I don't mean "how do you draw". Your art is awesome and I know that only comes from years of practise. I was more wondering about the process from coming up with an idea to getting comic pages out. Like for me, I try to write a script out scene by scene, first. Then design the characters. Then do thumbnails, then roughs and finally cleans. Is it much different for you? I'd love to get ur input. Thx!
I have some new followers, so reminder that everyone can find all of my blogging about how I make comics (and some friendly suggestions for how you can make comics) right here on this handy tumblr post. Hopefully that will help with the more general “how do you make comics?” asks I’ve been getting lately. :)
As for my process to go from idea »»»> complete graphic novel, usually it goes idea > outline > thumbnails/script > revised script (submitted to editor) > pencils > inks > colours (if book is coloured). This is important: everything pre-production (before I start penciling the comic), character/location design, script, thumbnails is done BEFORE I start making the final comic. It helps with the consistency of the book, and it means you’re not making stuff up on the fly.
However ………………. sometimes I make it up on the fly. ;) For a project like The Nameless City, there are so many many background characters and locations that if I’d sat down & tried to design it all before-hand, I’d be designing until 2050. So what I do ahead of time is decide on the look and style of the world, and then quickly make up characters that fit within that setting when I need to do a crowd scene. I’m only one person, not an animation studio, so, y’know, I can’t work like an animation studio. ;)
As for writing a graphic novel out scene by scene, I usually just straight ahead do the script and thumbnails, and add or subtract scenes as needed. It’s a very messy process.
Disclaimer: This is my process for making comics that will be published, but when I’m making stuff for the web or stuff I’m not being paid to do, I tend to be a lot looser, because loose is fun. I did webcomics for years before I became a professional cartoonist, and I never really did any kind of pre-production or scripting ahead of time. Working that way didn’t do those comics any favours (they are pretty rough!), but making comics was something I did for fun and scripting/thumbnailing/designing ahead of time seemed too much like work.
I actually really hate thumbnailing, because I think it’s boring. It’s the work you have to put in before you get to the fun part of actually drawing the comic page. I’d skip this part if I could, but it’s necessary, I think.