I never thought about writing comics. One fateful day, I had an idea previously discussed here. Originally, the audio drama Darth Goofus was to be a 12-issue limited series comic book.
However, I had no idea how to write a comic book. So I did what I always do: I read books written on the topic. I read one by Dennis O’Neil, I read one by Stan Lee, I read one by Peter David. I even more recently read one by Comfort & Adam on webcomics and Fred van Lente & Greg Pak on how to publish independently.
But the barrier for me was always art. I can’t draw. At least not to the level you’d want a comic book artist to reach. I can draw maps. And in fact I do when I run Dungeons & Dragons games. But that isn’t going to help me very much.
The answer lay in old issues of Knights of the Dinner Table. There was a “homebrew” strip called “Fuzzy Knights of the Dinner Table,” where someone took pictures of stuffed animals and photoshopped dialogue balloons onto them.
There’s my answer.
I can take pictures of LEGO sets, I can take pictures of posed action figures, and I can paset those pictures together to make my own comics! There’s even a program to help with such an endeavor: Comic Life. So I plunked down the $20 and bought a copy of Comic Life.
Now, what to do? Well, I started a comic about LEGO Ultra Agents. It didn’t go anywhere. I get discouraged easily, and I frequently start projects that I never finish. I plan to come back to this one, because the idea is way to awesome not to use. Plus, I collected all of the Ultra Agents sets (including the Ocean HQ and the Mobile HQ, both of which are $100 sets!).
So, like most ideas, I abandoned it.
But, recently, I decided to copy off of Fuzzy Knights. I set up five stuffed animals and took pictures from different angles. Then, I imported the images into Comic Life and gave them dialogue. Before I knew it, I had created 14 pages of a comic book.
My usual critique group (wife, mother-in-law, and oldest child) loved the comics. So I decided that would be my webcomic, which is now visible over here at Comic Fury.
If this comic does well, then next year I will do a webcomic based on Ultra Agents. I’m already plotting that one so that I can just write the scripts and get it photographed quickly.
This should prove to be fun!