The past couple of WORDS WITH DALE posts have looked at the way, in a very basic sense, you create a comic. And it's pretty straight forward.
- Writer writes a script.
- Artist takes that script and works his or her mojo.
- (Possibly an inker and/or colorist does their thing.)
- Letterer (possibly also the writer) adds the words to the finished page.
But that is not the only way you can do it.
You can start with the art.
Don't believe me?
Check out one of the other projects I work on with m'colleague, Courtney Huddleston, www.stixite.com.
Now at first glance, looking at those comics on the Stixite site, you might think, "Well yeah, they look like your standard single panel comics. Nothing new there."
And you'd be wrong.
Usually with that kind of comic the process is the same. You have the idea… possibly make a note of what the words will be, then add the art. With a Stixite comic though, I NEVER see the art in advance. I get an email from Courtney and it has some art attached. It's random, it might be funny in and of itself (like this one), sometimes they are more challenging, (like this one). The one common element though, is that I have no idea what Court was thinking when he drew it…. and he doesn't tell me.
I have free rein to add whatever wording I like. And many times I send him back a finished comic and he's completely thrown by what I added…. because it's so far off what he was thinking. But what I add is based solely off what he sends.
And so, as you see, you CAN work a comic backwards.
If you want to know what Courtney IS thinking when he draws the Stixite art, pop over to his blog and ask him.