As my previous post explained, I have to wait a few days for my microphone to come in. That means I have to wait a few more days until I start filming my Kickstarter video for the first volume of my graphic novel, Beanstalk. (Oh the horrors of not being able to stick to my schedule!)
In the meantime, I’ve begun the comic script for the second volume of Beanstalk. After all, having an arsenal of work is the best thing you can do for your brand. I’m not sure what to call this volume. The first Volume I have benevolently named Beanstalk: The Farm.
I love all parts of creating a graphic novel. Each part presents its challenges. My favorite thing about writing the script, however, is that I don’t have to rely on others. I don’t have to ask my friends to take a second out of their day, dress in a costume and create dramatic expressions so that I may recreate their likenesses. (I’m not a talented enough artist to not have models.) I don’t have to wait on the tech support team at createspace.com to tell me which PDF transition program I should download. (Why haven’t they called yet, by the way?)
There are other things that I like when it comes to writing scripts. For instance, I don’t have any stipulations to hinder the creative process yet. It’s like writing a movie. You don’t have to worry about the budget and casting and whatnot until production begins. Last year, while writing the script, I couldn’t wait to get on with it. I wanted to start drawing immediately, but this year I can really see how lovely setting up a story can be. I love how each character is a little piece of me. They’re archetypes, really. So each character can represent different parts of everyone.
For example I have one character: Lieutenant Harmon. He represents this thinking, rational part of the brain. “Why should I risk the lives of my men based on the hunch of a little girl?” I mean, don’t get me wrong: Harmon is a cold blooded killer, but I think we have all undermined the intuitions of others, not merely based on what we feel is rational, but also because we love to feel powerful. Harmon could easily kill Lyria, but he bides his time, because he like the way he feels when he erodes her foundations of belief.
And Lyria is this half-witted stereotype. (I don’t mean to stereotype women as being weak or merely motivated by intuition. I have a vast array of female characters, many of which are more cerebral. I also don’t mean to stereotype men as cold and rational killers. Harmon is just one facet of humanity. And as I said before, they’re all aspects of who we are.) What I mean to say is that Lyria’s the maiden archetype. She doesn’t have a care in the world, except for her close relations. She doesn’t have logic on her side, but she has feelings. And she can’t articulate the reason for her feelings, because she isn’t connected to that realm of existence yet. I think we’ve all been in an argument or standoff where we know we are right, but we don’t have the data to demonstrate that we are. We have all been a little girl in a pink dress, pleading for more time and understanding.
In closing, I hope to have a Kickstarter video up soon for everyone, so that you may understand the characters I’ve talked about in this post a little better, so that I’m not just rambling about fake people you’ve no knowledge of.
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