Making a Webcomic Pt. 2

This week involved writing and researching. I wanted to make sure this time around, I actually had a plan.

So I did something I have never done before: write. I plotted out the first full story arc and fully wrote the first chapter. Now, when I say write, I mean I used the “Marvel” method.

If you aren’t familiar with this, back when Marvel was pretty much ruled by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Stan Lee wrote in a way that left a lot to Jack Kirby’s interpretation. The script is more of a guideline of what we are to see in the panels and pages with an actual script coming in after the artist has drawn up the pages. They did it this way to save time, since they were inventing the whole of the Marvel universe as we know it. They could hire scripters and inkers to complete the work, and still have full control of the story being told. This is how the two legends managed to accomplish so much world-building in a small amount of time, yet allow small stories to be told at the same time.

Since I am both the writer and artist of this webcomic, this works ideally for me because I don’t have a lot of free time. This way I don’t have to try to work out the subtleties of a script or try to plan a page while drawing it. I have what I want in each panel already yet I’m not constrained to a tight script.

The last half of this week has been research. Not into the story, I already handled all of that previously to making this project official. I researched how to get my webcomic on the web. This took a while, because when you look up how to make a webcomic, most written is about the actual making of the comic, ie: the writing and drawing. I need the technical stuff, like how to design a web page to handle the comic style format that I’m using. There isn’t much out there, or at least, I had to do a lot of looking to find something. But I found a good website that goes step-by-step in how to do it in WordPress, which I already use for this. I plan on doing a free page on WordPress and just linking it to my current page.

Something else I researched, was how to pitch comics. Once I have the first chapter completed, I plan on shopping my story around, just to see what happens. After all, while I still plan on giving this story on the interwebs, it would be great if I could get paid at the same time. But that’ll be for later on. I found out that the big 3 (Marvel, DC, and Image) do hire writers and artists outside of their circles. Marvel doesn’t take open submissions, but they do keep track of online webcomics and hire from there. DC does portfolio reviews during comic-cons and I’m trying to get more details on that (hoping they are doing one during this year’s Denver Comic Con). Image takes open submissions, and there aren’t really a lot of rules to doing it. They just have certain guidelines to follow or they won’t take them. There are also numerous independent comic publishers out there that do take story submissions. If you are interested, let me know, I found a website that has compiled a lot of them all on one website.

Next week, I start my pages. On to work…

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