Sunday, August 14, 2011
Finding The End Part 2: Happy Accidents
Here's a little on how I found my story.
As I mentioned in the last post, I'd been brainstorming story ideas since I put my last OGN on pause. I needed to make sure I really hit on the content and story I wanted to tell. The frustrating thing was I would love an idea for a two days and then somehow I would convince myself that the idea was done. Simply being that excited about it would bring it to life and play the story out in my head saving me the trouble of having to actually make this pesky thing. I'd just talk about it for a few days and that would be all I needed. Except I still had this burning desire to create a graphic novel. After running through four or five ideas I found myself back at square one. No progress had been made. Sure I had a lot of material to mold at some point but they weren't connecting with me now.
I didn't have time to stress about it because SDCC was looming off in the distance. Getting ready for that is harder than most jobs so I doubled up on work and got things ahead so I could hit San Diego with a running start. The weather was great, the fans were AWESOME and over at TR!CKSTER, Scott Morse, Scott Campbell and myself got ready for our first Symposium (art workshop). Forty plus people in a room watching Skottie, Scott and Scott paint was fantastic. The thing that worked out best for me was the way we came about our subject. The room called out words and we combined them and start drawing and painting. Apocalypse and Bunny. These two words led me to the pages I'm working on now.
I met up with Jason Howard after the show and showed him the painting. I hadn't thought much of it. Just another random piece for fun. Jason said "You should do that as a book. Apocalypse Bunny." I thought about it for a second and agreed. It was on!!! Once we were back from SDCC I would jump online with my Skype Crew of Jake Parker, Ryan Stegman and Jason Howard and they all offered up advice on different aspects. Story ideas, business plans, publishing options, etc. I was getting hype. Now I need to start it.
I drew character designs, ideas for logos, and a rock solid idea for a symbol that would be a sick t-shirt. FALLOUT BUNNY was born. I grabbed the laptop and started plotting out scenes that I had in my head. They were fun, funny and filled with a bunny killing fools. It was happening, I was doing it. After writing a 4 scenes I hit a bump. The scenes were good but they didn't really help tell a story. They were more like gags stuck together, which is fine but not for what i wanted to do. I realized that the goal of my character was a bit of a gag and so all actions on the way to that goal would be gags. So I started to modify the goal. What does Bunny want? And as I thought about it the goal changed from a gag to something much more personal, something that I myself had been thru. This was an interesting turn.
I pulled out a white out pen and erased the bunny ears.
Now it was a boy. A young boy in a mask. Whats he hiding? Why is he hurting? These questions started forming and the answers were coming from my life and the places that I've been. It's not about me but it will be have A LOT of me in there. And who knows, when it's all done, it might feel EXACTLY like me. We'll see. I just love that a art workshop brought me to a action/comedy bunny book and that led me to a boys journey thru a post apocalyptic world that will touch on things from my life. Happy accidents.
Next I'll dive into my process and how I'm changing it up on this book compared to my previous attempts.
p.s.- the bunny book will happen one day!