It's that time of year again! This will be my seventh round of 100 days of making comics. My previous rounds have been kind of scattered about, diving into the various projects I'm doing at the time.
This time, to keep things more interesting for myself and for the viewers/readers, for whatever length this will take me, this first part of the 100 Days Challenge will focus on volume 2 of my webcomic The Mysterious Exorcist. Some background on this character:
The Mysterious Exorcist is a spin-off from my main webcomic, Fred Peterson: The Mighty Warlord. Oddly enough, I had created the character years before he became a part of the Warlord story. In the first solo story he had, "Good Night, San Juan", there were elements of the original story I had in mind for him.
The one-shot "Good Night, San Juan", was done because Exorcist is the most popular character in Warlord besides Fred and Jane. During the run of his one-shots some updates rivaled Warlord for views on update days.
As some of you know, it was during my last run of the 100 Days that I finally finished the one-shot after many stops and goes due to many external circumstances, so I thought focusing on the second one-shot to kick-off round seven.
For day 1 (this morning) I made a simple thought tree to organize the thoughts I had floating around for this story I had floating in the back of my head after I had finished the first one-shot.
I kept it simple enough to start jogging my brain and break down what happens where and who gets introduced when.
After jotting all that down, I began to loosely write the plot points, fleshing out the thought tree into a more coherent synopsis/breakdown. This helps me keep in mind what scenes and some parts of dialogue pops up from it.
It also gives me a feel for how the environment of the story is going to be like.
Usually, I jump from this to the thumbnails and then into making the pages, but I'm doing a different approach this time around.
For some reason, contrary to Warlord, Clown, and my other webstrips, Exorcist, as well as DTF6, kind of struggles a bit with the pacing going from breakdowns directly to thumbnails.. So for this one, I'm going ahead and writing a full script first, before working on thumbnails and designs.
After I finished the plot points, I began writing the first draft. I wrote the first half of the full script and leaving the second half to write tomorrow.
My plan is to finish writing the first draft tomorrow and start doing further designs and look for references for locations after I fully know what the story calls for.
So, for day 1, I went in for 1 and a 1/2 hours from the moment I cracked open the notebook (the paper kind and wrote in pen, the ink kind) to the time I finished typing up page 11. For anyone that wants to read The Mysterious Exorcist: Good Night, San Juan, here's the link www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_Mysterious_Exorcist/ You don't need to read Warlord nor know about it to read that one-shot, it's self-contained and pretty straight forward.
So, day 1 is in the books, and so, today has been a FLAWLESS VICTORY! Thanks for checking this out, I'll try to do another blog tomorrow hopefully before I head out to my day job, if not later at night. See ya'!