Working in comics and graphic novels, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this:
“I’m working on my first graphic novel. It’s gonna take a long time to do but it’s gonna be so great. So EPIC.”
We all want to do something great. We all want to leave our…
Not sure if I really should have read this at this point in my life when I’m so close to starting a graphic novel that is on a large scale, but still this is the first I’ve heard on the matter. Heeding this advice would mean giving up on my motivation and life for the last two years. Then again, it’s not my first project, I’ve written and attempted many more and even drew out one of them, even though it was a failure. This would be considered my first ‘completed’ graphic novel though, which I’m sure this is what this entry is referring to. I went through the exact same thing the author went through, although I went through it as a freshman in high school, so I’m not sure if that counts. I had a story I wanted to do and I was very bad at drawings, so I decided to devote my time to becoming good, even going to art college for it. I had many stories that I tried to create and failed during that period, but because I was so young, do they really count? Have I been through my trial and error to create something good finally? Or was that not enough… is this one doomed to fail too? I’ve mentally prepared myself for it being a flop in the eyes of readers, these are things I have trouble controlling to a certain extent, but is it bad just all around and I just can’t see it? I’m 19, I haven’t even finished art college, maybe I am doomed to fail. This article suggests I start anyway just knowing that in all likelihood it will be a flop, not just to readers, but to anyone. Just a bad book. That’s hard to digest, I’m not even sure if I should. I am young, I can still afford to make this mistake…
To clarify, my post was aimed at folks who aspire to launch a project, but can’t really get started for the reasons I listed. If you’ve done the necessary prep work on your project, and have a plan of execution, by all means, get that sucker rolling.
The intent of my article is to encourage folks stuck in the prep cycle to do something. If you’re already on the way to doing your something, keep going.