A Post of Serials: A Healthy Venting
I’m feeling a bit discouraged at the moment. As I’ve mentioned in several recent posts, I’ve become more interested in the potential of comic books and manga for my writing. Right now, I’m seriously reconsidering that direction.
Don’t get me wrong, I still think that some of my ideas could best be realized as a manga or comic book series. But there in lies the problem, too. Original English Language/ World Manga don’t sell particularly well and the industry is, honestly, in pretty poor shape. American style comic books would be a better fit, but there are as many issues there that make things complicated.
As Peter David points out in Writing for Comics, it is advisable to do work for hire before and during one’s work on a creator owned title. Like video game writing, it is important to get one’s name out there, to build a reputation, and to form a fan base. And even then, as David continues, it is rare that the average comic book reader will move beyond one’s work for hire. There are some exceptions like Kirkman and possibly Snyder, but most readers will only know a writer from one’s work on the iconic superhero.
And that is not to mention the issues about artists. Many of the publishers in their submissions guidelines request both art and story combined. Therefore a writer/artist or a preexisting creative team is best. The reason for that is excellently expressed by eigoMANGA. If either an artist or writer is selected alone, then the rest of the creative team will effectively be working for hire rather than being a coequal creator. So that’s stopped me short.
Now, I’ve been looking at alternatives. I could return to my original plan of a series of novels like Fleming’s James Bond or the Conan pastiches. In this case, a story arc would be contained within a single novel and the interludes between arcs would exist within the anticlimax and flashbacks.
Another option is a serial. In a funny construction, web serials are also called web comics sans graphics. This could work, but I only know of one web serial, written by Matthew David Surridge. So, I need to do more research on this option and see what the possibilities of web serials are.
The creation process is fun, but equally frustrating. That’s what makes art so great. But, no matter what direction I go in, I can’t wait to introduce the adventures of Ulrich Vesper and Henry Jett to readers.
As a postscript, a few days ago, Michal at One Last Sketch had a post called “Black Powder Fantasy.” I’m looking to go one step further and look at the possibilities and pitfalls of non medieval based secondary worlds from prehistory and the ancient world to our own time and from Europe to the whole world.
Posted on January 23, 2012, in Books and tagged eigoManga, Ian Fleming, Matthew David Surridge, Michal, One Last Sketch, Peter David, Robert Kirkman, Scott Snyder, web serial. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.