Monday, July 19, 2010

Read This: “Hey, so how’s that graphic novel coming?”

Novelist Sara Ryan is working on the script for her new graphic novel, and takes some time to share the ways writing comics is like and unlike writing novels.

The process is not simply about determining what happens to which characters, and how to transition between different parts of the story. It’s about how the reader will see it all play out on the page. Close on the characters, for nuances of expressions and body language? Tiny silhouettes against a complex and crowded background?

It's a neat look at the creative process, and shows how comics authors must learn to "write" with pictures, even if they aren't drawing the final art.

(And in other news, I adore the design of Sara Ryan's website. It's like all my favorite colors on one page!)

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