Alas, after three weeks of typing away on my new script, I showed it to Jiyoung yesterday. This is a woman who has learned to be very, very tactful in her critiques of my projects. The verdict? Well, she had something good to say about two of twenty pages. I went to sleep embarrassed, hopeless, feeling like I should throw in the towel.
And then today, I charged back up the hillside and rewrote the entire thing. And though it's rough and first-drafty, it's not bad. So not bad that I feel comfortable starting concepts for characters. Tomorrow I'll do a polish pass. If that goes well, I've got enough script for the first issue of the comic.
I originally intended to write the entire script from beginning to end before touching the stylus, but now I wonder if that might be needlessly masochistic. After all, once things start taking physical shape, new story avenues might suggest themselves. I've still got the step outline, so the major events shouldn't change. And if they do, that's okay too.
So I think I'll just get to drawing next week. Man, it feels good to say that. I sure will enjoy having something other than promises to show for the five months I've been away.
In other news, I'm reading lots of manga. The stuff I'm reading right now:
- Slam Dunk, by Takehiko Inoue
- Dragon Head, by Minetaro Mochizuki
- Gantz, by Hiroya Oku
- Rurouni Kenshin, by Nobuhiro Watsuki
- Mushishi, by Yuki Urushibara
- A Drifting Life, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
That last one has really stuck to my ribs. It's rad that the Seattle Public Library has manga.
I'm sure I'll have useful thoughts about the medium at some point, but right now I'm just sort of bathing in it. There's a lot to learn here.