Archive for March, 2011

The Only Goal of a First Draft

The Only Goal of a First Draft

If you’re a writer struggling with your first draft, I have great news for you: Quality doesn’t matter. Don’t get me wrong. Quality will matter – a lot – down the road. But right now, quality doesn’t matter.

So what does matter?

Gov’t Comics Recommends: Old City Blues

Gov’t Comics Recommends: Old City Blues

Old City Blues is a fantastic online comic created by Giannis Milonogiannis. In true noir style, it starts out as a murder mystery, and develops into a vast conspiracy, ranging from the halls of power to the dregs of society.

Comics Experience: Lettering and Production Class

Comics Experience: Lettering and Production Class

I would highly recommend this class to anyone interested in lettering their own work or the work of others. Instructor Dave Sharpe is both an incredible letterer and a dedicated teacher. During the class, we had the opportunity to see Dave work, and it was fascinating to see a master craftsman at the top of his game.

Race in Comics: A Few Guidelines

Race in Comics: A Few Guidelines

I’ve been thinking a lot, recently, about race in comics. I came up with a few guidelines to help ensure that comics worlds more accurately reflect our world, when it comes to diversity. I’m sharing them here in the hopes that others might find them helpful:

A few quick thoughts on Twilight Guardian

A few quick thoughts on Twilight Guardian

Twilight Guardian #3 came out this week. It’s the story of a young woman who patrols her quiet, crime-free neighborhood, and thinks of herself as a “masked crimefighter.” What really sets this book apart is its restraint, it’s subtlety. It’s a beautifully unforced character study. There’s so much to like about this book.

World-Building: The Three Key Elements

World-Building: The Three Key Elements

People don’t go into a fictional story expecting reality, and so their minds are more open to extraordinary possibilities. And because this world-building is so fundamental, it can make or break your story.

Knight & Squire: A Study of Structure

Knight & Squire: A Study of Structure

The final issue of Knight & Squire comes out today. In the first five issues, this book has gone from a lighthearted diversion to a top-of-the-stack read. One of the most interesting things about this series is the overall story structure. It is rather unorthodox, but extremely effective. Let’s examine this structure a bit.