When you have an idea for a long form story (comic-wise) where do you usually start? I'm thinking along the lines of Transmet or Planetary, I guess. What's your process for getting from raw idea to that finished first issue?
I’m answering this one mostly because I hope other people read it too.
The answer is, I’m afraid, staggeringly useless for you, Trevor, because for me it’s: just bloody do it. Too many people think there’s a process list or magic trick for this sort of thing, and there’s not. Write and revise and write. Isolate the things you want to write about and the things you want to say and, really, just bloody well write them down. Screenwriting courses and creative writing guides have given people the idea that there’s a miraculous cheat sheet for doing any kind of commercial writing, and it’s bullshit. The idea works or it doesn’t. You’re either good or you’re not. And if you’re not, keep writing until you are. That’s it.
I would be a fine motivational coach, if only I had a steady stream of innocent bystanders to punch in the face to emphasise points. I think there’s potential there, though.
"He told me to fuck off and just write something! And then he ATE A BABY! It was SO COOL! Right up to the point where he choked on the umbilical cord."
Reinhart wollte nur ganz in Ruhe Ferien in seiner abgeschiedenen Waldhütte machen. Doch nachdem er eine junge Frau vor dem Erfrieren rettet, will nicht nur die Polizei seine Einsamkeit stören. Und wohin verschwindet die mysteriöse Fremde in der Nacht? (Hyperthéque 005)