“Ship of Shadows” Graphic Novel = DSRV OUTRIDER
So, a couple of nights ago, I finished the first issue of the Ship of Shadows Graphic Novel. It is 28 pages long (so far) and is the first part of 4 stories. I’ve decided on a name for the overall series–DSRV OUTRIDER. The DSRV stands for “Deep Space Recovery Vehicle” which is the type of the vehicle that the main character, Tana, pilots. Outrider is the name of the ship. This is important because I hope that I’ll be able to write more stories/have more adventures with Tana as a character (my ultimate goal is to have her become captain of the Outrider) and I want to focus more on the ship and its adventures rather than the one story that is SF Horror.
Artist or Go It Alone?
I think I may have to go it alone. I discovered my artist last year, but it took my all year to figure out a system that works for me in terms of writing and creatively. The artist was very interested at first, but has lost interest over time–which, I don’t guess I blame him–as it should have taken a year for the whole graphic novel, not just issue one. I really have tried to refine my writing processes over the past year to be more effective and I’m slowly getting there, but slowly doesn’t seem to be good enough for others. I don’t mind going it alone–it’s just that many of the publishers for graphic novels want to have a “team” in place (art and writing).
What’s Next? The Art of Adaptation
I need to figure out Issue #2, so I’m going to move it off the “front burner” and work on rough drafting Issue #2 (major plot points). I had great success with actually writing a rough draft for the story and then writing the second draft on the next “rotation.” The thing is, in the short-story, one of the characters saves themselves off-screen, while for issue #2, Tana will save her on-screen. I have an idea of how this happens, but I want to write it down in rough draft first before I actually try to write it in the next draft. I’m adapting the short-story, but that doesn’t mean that I want to make it exactly like the short-story as the graphic novel affords more pages to go into more detail. In the story, it wasn’t necessary for Tana to actually save the other character–just to make the attempt. However, in this story, to show Tana’s attachment to her “mother” figure, she would have to save her to make her character believable. I’ll probably start to write issue 2 in November (maybe sooner depending on whether or not the proposals that I hope to send out are successful).
Anyway, that’ all I have for now. Have a great day!
- Current Work-in-Progress: The Independent (Sci-Fi Short-Story – 2nd Draft)
- Current Work-in-Progress: Project Star (Sci-Fi Short-Story -1st Draft)
- Current Work-in-Progress: Ship of Shadows (Sci-Fi Graphic Novel – Script, Issue #1, Currently on Script Page 25)