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It's like this when I catch a story, too.

I'm now six weeks into my scriptwriting. By the time I actually have an artist selected, I'll probably have a cool 3 months of scripts written. Now, bear in mind, said artist will have a chance to say what he or she thinks of the scripts and the story -- this is going to be collaborative, not dictatorial -- and so all of it might change along the way. But still, this is a heady brew. I think right at the moment I know how T. Campbell feels.

In a way, it's frustrating as Hell, because I can see this in my mind's eye so clearly. I know exactly how I would draw it, if I could draw. Which I cannot. And I know that no artist can draw what's in my brain. I have my Big Friend Frank taking perspective shots of the Ithaca Commons, so that the artist can at least see what the real life locations look like, but the art won't end up looking a thing like those shots. Nor should it, in the end.

In the end, the results will be better than I could do on my own even if I could draw. I honestly believe that. But I wish... you know?

And yeah, I know. If I wished that much, I should be practicing and actually developing these skills I claim to want.

Part of me wonders if these posts are of any interest. I realize I should be snarking about other peoples' comics, but my brain is so... focused right now. I get this way with stories, too. Everything seems to relate back to them, and they become what I'm mostly focused on during that point.

On the other side of it, I've got lots of good jazz to listen to now. My mother clearly doesn't know what she's talking about, when it comes to Jazz Clarinet.

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I think that many of us who've wanted to write comics of our own can understand what you are going through... and enjoy reading your experiences here. I too have seen in my mind's eye what would make for a superior comic strip... but my own skills, artistically, are too limited. I can paint with words... but who wants to read a comic strip instead of see one?

Knowing how the story is unfolding... wanting so badly to share it with others... yes, those of us who've scripted stories, who've had stories that needed to be told... we understand.

It's kind of interesting watching you go through this process right now. And while I'm not sure what it's like to be a T.Campbell... well, I do know what it's like to be a Tangent, and your words invoke a sense of deja vu. There, but for the will of being lazy, would go I. *chuckle*

So don't worry. Your snark isn't lost to us. We understand.

Robert A. Howard

I have no doubt that someone that writes as well as you can wrtite a superbly interesting comic. You won't have to hear that phrase "critics criticize because they can't do it themselves."

You may know how T Campbell feels about some things -- but clearly not punctuation.

- Z

It's groovy to read your progress on getting your ideas all comic'd up, speaking from the perspective of one who's trying to do the same.

I'm working on this one bit about Hobos and Mysticism. I hope it turns out remotely as good as I'm envisioning it.

And don't worry about complaining regarding the lack of snarks from me, I usually skip those and read the other stuff. You usually only snark stuff I don't read anyhow (insert overused emoticon signifying humor here).

Heh, I've finally gotten Firefox, so now I can comment. Joy!

Well, T's actual first name does, in fact, begin with a "T"; so what Eric wrote isn't incorrect, per se. It's not like dotting the "S" in "Harry S Truman," for instance.

"In a way, it's frustrating as Hell, because I can see this in my mind's eye so clearly. I know exactly how I would draw it, if I could draw. Which I cannot."

Welcome to the club, brother.

Amen, sister! ;)

If I even get 50% likeness to what I see in my head I'm happy.

I have been thinking about collaborations for some time now (ever since there was some thing on Comixpedia about it, I think). Will Eisner in Comics and sequential art talks about it and he is undoubtedly right that it is has some advantage to both be writer and artist. The distance between idea and creation will be shorter and the result more true to the original idea.

But at the same time I believe that collaboration has value. Handled correctly the sum may be greater than the parts and the collaboration may give rise to something greater than the original idea. Unless the artist is just a "pen" for the writer, there will be beneficial synergy effects.

Actually, I find the progress updates quite interesting. My curiosity is more than a little piqued right now. I'm quietly anticipating the day when I can add said comic to my own comic crawl. :)

Now, keep up the good work and I think we can all forgive you for working on the comic instead of snarking, I think we've all been, at some time, caught up in the excitement of a new project to the detriment of other projects!

Shaenon said:
"In a way, it's frustrating as Hell, because I can see this in my mind's eye so clearly. I know exactly how I would draw it, if I could draw. Which I cannot."

Welcome to the club, brother.
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Except for one thing, lass. You CAN draw, and damn well!

Yes, it came from years and years of drawing, scribbling little things in notebooks and in the margins and on scrap pieces of paper... but you can draw.

*sigh* I can visualize these beautiful scenes... and words cannot adequately tell what I'm seeing... and my hand cannot convey my mind's image onto paper.

*sigh* I need a drink now. *chuckle*

Rob

"If I even get 50% likeness to what I see in my head I'm happy." ~Phalanx

It's probably for the best that most of the stuff I see in my head doesn't end up on paper--that'd be frightening for most everyone, I believe.

But now I kinda wish I'd had the chance to toss my hat into the ring on this project, 'cause this sort of excitement and energy is contagious. Now I wanna start another new comic.

On the other side of it, I've got lots of good jazz to listen to now. My mother clearly doesn't know what she's talking about, when it comes to Jazz Clarinet.

Well, I was going to say something along those lines earlier, but I didn't want to offend you. ;-)

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