Episode 047: Taking Your First Comic Issue From Start to Finish
Thursday, November 17, 2016 | by Ed Williams and Brent Lyles
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
You need two things to take your first comic script from start to finish: perseverance and grit.
- The most pivotal moment in writing your first issue is understanding that it’s not going to be what’s in your head the first time it gets on paper. It’s going to be very sloppy and very bad—and that’s the way it should be.
- Perfection isn’t found in inactivity.
If it doesn’t exist, you can’t make it better. Start writing.
- Motivation is found in the doing. You can’t sit around and wait to be inspired. You have to start. You have to execute.
- Get your script on paper. That will forever and always be the catalyst behind moving it to completion.
- Elevate your script with each revision. Your job isn’t to make it perfect on the first try. Writing is an iterative process.
- Get your script in front of people who are going to give you positive, constructive criticism. You’re not looking for compliments or kudos at this stage.
- Don’t try to justify everything once you’re given feedback. This feedback is to help elevate the first draft of your comic. Apply it where it matters to move it forward.
- Surround yourself with talent, not people. Quality over quantity.
- At the beginning stages of building a brand, by no means should the words ‘cheap’ come out of your mouth.
- Stand on the principle of value in all you do.
- Fold story into every single aspect of this process from start to finish.
- Story doesn’t start and end at the script. It has to go into everything else