An Update

I procrastinate way too much. I just want to put that out there. My blog “schedule” is to write something on a Thursday, edit it the following Tuesday, and post it next day, so I have a new blog every Wednesday. Well that didn’t exactly happen this past week, and I’m currently rushing this quick update the Tuesday night before I post it for tomorrow afternoon. For some reason I’ve been in a bit of a funk this past week. I barely touched any of my projects, I didn’t really read much, nor do I feel like I accomplished anything at all. (And last night’s debate did not help in the slightest.)

One of the hardest things about being a writer, at least for me, is the actualization of a story, or the lack thereof. For some this is their novel not being published, their pilot not picked up, their play never being produced. For me it is a finished script, with no artist to hand it off to. A few friends have read it, but I haven’t found the artist to bring it to life.

I grew up reading Japanese comics, or manga, and what I really loved about those stories was the giant fantasy worlds that each were set in and the long stories they would tell with each of these characters. So with so many of those being my influences it is hard to come up with a short story that I can have made quickly and cheaply so I can show it off, and I don’t want to hand off my big epic to someone I met on deviantart. So I seem to constantly find myself trapped between these two worlds.

Princess Deb has to be the biggest casualty to this creative problem of mine. I came up with Deb nearly two years ago, and right now she only exists as a collection of scripts and a few really bad drawings that I attempted. I really want to bring this character to life, but I can’t do that unless I work closely with the artist on her design. I know she’s going to pop up several times throughout my career so I want to make sure the first foot forward is a great one, but because of that I haven’t taken much of a step at all.

Next week is New York Comic Con, an event I look forward to every year. It is here where I meet artists and other people in the industry, form friendships and hopefully working relationships. There is panel held there every year that I like to describe as comic-book speed dating, artists on one side of the room, writers on the other. Grab your business card and get ready to mingle. So hopefully on the other side of the con, I’ll have some very happy news announcing Deb’s debut. Until that happens I just need to focus on my shorter scripts, the one and doners. Thank you for reading this, and if you have the change please donate to my Patreon here, and help me get these comics into the spotlight.

-JR