It's a year earlier than expected, although some people thought it would never happen. I've retired from the animation industry. There could be projects I work on in the future but as for me creating new shows, I'm done. So I now turn to the other storytelling medium I love, comics. I'm taking one of my favorite series pitches that never sold and turning it into a series of graphic novels. At least, that's the plan.
"Normally," I would have to pitch the idea to a publisher and try to get them interested, just like pitching a TV series. It's frustrating because you have to make the other guy see the potential of your idea in the fewest words/pictures as possible. Why? Because you don't get money for developing your idea until you've convinced someone to take a chance on it. But since I don't have the need to feed my family with this project, I can just move ahead with it. If there's no interest in it, I publish digitally on Kindle or a website. And I gotta tell you, that is really freeing.
On the other hand, I don't have an editor to point out potential weaknesses or paths best avoided. I've outlined the introductory chunk of the book, the sort of story you'd see in a TV pilot that sets up a series. Ideally, I'd then move onto two "episodes" that play as separate adventures even though they continue the overall story. I stopped after that first bit because I knew I would learn more about my characters as I told that first story. But I spent several days trying to thumbnail the first three pages meant to be an action teaser. I asked myself why I was having a problem and mentally replied that it was because the action didn't matter, it was just a promise of future adventure. Didn't matter. Light bulb moment - if you're struggling with something that "doesn't matter," then it probably shouldn't be part of the story and certainly not the opening pages of the book. Instead, it's a single splash page that will be fun to draw and funnier in contrast to the next scene.
An editor probably would've gotten there before me.
I hope to chronicle the creation of the book, although I don't want this blog to take away from the actual production of it. So I'll be keeping things short. Here're some character designs. Just this morning I decided to shrink the head of my lead character considerably. I'll give you the before and after.
That's it. Thanks for watching. --Tad