i hope this is in the right thread..
me and a close friend (who is a writer) have just agreed to do a graphic novel... he already has the story down and its pretty dope. but that aside.... i have really no experience in this sort of thing... other than i read the things and have been dying to do a project like this.
my question is where to start? should publishing be a concern right now... or do i have any clue what im talking about.... i really don't know how it works.
i honestly don't even know what questions to ask....
help please.... thanks a lot
that depends,Originally Posted by WingManMedia
are you doing this for fun, or for money?
either way, it wouldn't hurt to propose it to a few companies.
work up about a dozen finished pages, and start showing it around.
you might find someone to pick it up.
if someone does, they likely will NOT give you an advance (since you are new),
but will pay the cost of printing and distribution.
once the thing sells, you then re-imburse the comic company their costs.
if you turn a profit, it is yours (minus a small percentage).
if someone does NOT pick it up...
continue to work on it.
you can always show around a completed project proposal, or, you can publish it yourselves.
(the internet really makes this much easier than before)
- Dan Dos Santos
well... really just for fun and experience.... but if it turned out it got published... well then that would be incredible.
i never thought about the internet.... that'd still be a fun thing to do....
thanks for the replies.
Publishing shouldn't be a concern until you (as DS says) have a few pages to go along with your proposal. In the meantime, get your friend to write up a short synopsis and "hook" to go along with the art you'll send out. See what happens.
Creating a graphic novel is a LOT of time and consistant effort. It's tough to do when you aren't getting paid (and thus have other obligations to consider). Once you get started it should become easier, though.
I have no idea and have no knowledge of anything pertaining to this, but the way I would do it would be to create the whole thing and do a small self-published run (from something like Lulu.com or cafepress) and show those to mainstream publishers.
The biggest piece of advice I can give you is, DO LOTS OF THUMBNAILS. Do all sorts of angles. Try lots of things out. Dont just sit down and start drawing out the frames and decide that those are the ones you want.
Anyways, good luck
really, if you need any kind of info regarding graphic novels development, publishing, drawing, absolutely ANYTHING regarding the creation of a GN from start to finish, you should get the book "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Creating a Graphic Novel", by Nat Gertler and Steve Lieber.Really worth it IMHO.
Really, publishing should be a minor concern during the concept phase (i gave up with my friend short after the concept phase, hope i'll start doing something this summer), but IF you'll ever want to publish it, you'll have to think about things like bleed area, color for printers, and that kind of stuff.
Anyway, keep it up, the important thing is to keep up and don't give up
Not sure how a graphic novel is that much different then a comic book, aside from being a lot longer. There are many different ways to approach it; you could do the whole thing painting with mass or inked. I guess the biggest concern is will it be published and how you must conform yourself to it. Really though, there shouldnt be much to stop you, get drawing!
My biggest suggestion though, when you storyboard, make at least 3 versions of each page (fast sketches, mind you) with different angles and panel lay out. Your writer will love you if you let him sit with you to pick one.
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