So I thought now is the perfect time to answer all these questions in one place. Every Thursday for the time being I will post the different process I go through to produce this comic. This is not a tutorial per se. This is not the "right way" to do your comic, this is simply my way of doing it.
If you have your own way of doing it, or have further questions, by any means share in the comments section below or go to the new community forum and feel free to express yourselves. With that in mind, let me share with you my particular process and resources that are used to make "Fred Peterson, The Mighty Warlord". To read part part 1 click here http://www.truthfulcomics.com/1/post/2012/08/the-making-of-tmw-part-1-pre-productionresources.html Also, click on the images to make them bigger.
My Writing Process
As I mentioned before, I am a very story oriented person. When I think of Warlord, usually I think about a plot or a certain scene and go about it. Now, I also keep in mind the distinct personality traits that I try to infuse each character with, so I try to see in my mind how each character would react differently to the same situation.
A Matter of Character
To me, having good characters with these human traits makes a story all that much better, because readers can identify with these characters, even if sometimes they agree or disagree with the course of action a character might make, the problem still makes the reader identify and relate to them.
So, after I think of the main theme and conflict of the story, I piece together the series of events that begin to unfold, brainstorming how one character will react to another character or situation. And most importantly, what are the consequences to those actions and reactions? Once I think of the situations and think out particular scenes, then I start typing.
Writing The Script
After I finish proof reading and reading aloud, that’s when I save up everything and print out the script. Also, because in a way because of my background studying in communications, even after I finished writing and printing the script, I’m still not finished writing. Sometimes mid-scene while I’m drawing, I decide to either eliminate a scene, or add on to it if I feel it needs to be explored more, so I have that movie or TV director mentality of “the script isn’t written in stone” and change and adapt if necessary. On the next blog, I’ll explain how I go from the printed script to the art side of things. Thank you for reading, and remember, this is not the “right” way to write, as I mentioned, there are plenty more ways of writing, just that this particular way is the most comfortable way for me to write this particular story, feel free to agree, disagree, or share your own ways of writing. Until next time, once again thank you for reading, and stay safe!
~Alvaro “Lance Danger” Cortes Ortiz Jr