Nicki Greenberg , is a Melbourne comic artist behind the comic adaptation of ‘The Great Gatsby’ and is currently working on a comic adaptation of ‘Hamlet’ (Preview above) Here is an edited interview I had with her about her writing process when it comes to comics, How do you initially jot down ideas, if at all? Yes. For a shorter comic I will jot down ideas in a mix of words and pictures, as the idea strikes me. For a longer project like a book, I will spend months planning, which includes drawing and refining characters and making lots of detailed notes (visual and in words) about structure, concept, interpretation etc, even before beginning the proper roughs of the pages. Is there anything peculiar about your writing process, eg, has to be at a certain time, has to be in a certain type of book or paper, pens etc? I usually plan and do thumbnails in pencil, but for a longer work I write extensive notes in pen as well. Ok, the loose pages. This is something I use when drafting
It looks as if this past week I have really slipped behind in the daily comic production, and this is something that I do not think I will be able to fix. That being said, I think I will be taking a break from posting daily comics here for the time being. Until I can get back on top of my work load comprising of school work and family. I will still post every couple of days with some random things.
How do you initially jot down ideas, if at all? When I'm in a habit of comic journaling I use a set panel format so I don't get blocked by stressing about best layout. This of course means the stories always have the same rhythm. The panel layout is three rows on A5 paper, each row has a square panel and a rectangular panel: row1: short(title), long; row 2: long, short, row3: short, long. It looks like a brick wall pattern. Do you have a drafting process, eg, thumbnails, quick sketches, notes etc? For longer non-diary pieces I thumbnail figures thinking purely about body language and character interaction. All thumbnails, sometimes some more character design sketches, then back to thumbnails. How do you (or do you) edit your work in terms of the writing? Editing all takes place as thumbnail scripts. My comics have very little writing. My current story telling derives from theatre storytelling exercises so it is all about expressing the characters' different states
Photo from this CC flickr page Last year I was researching how comic artists wrote their comics. This came about after reading a great book on narrative journalism called 'Telling true stories'. It made me realise that each comic artist has their own peculiar way of constructing comics in regards to writing, and it is interesting to look at the quirks we have when writing or ideas down for future comic stories. Go here to see all the posts on this topic from last year. I would also like to hear from anyone else I did not hear from last year about their process Some example questions to think about (Although answer any way you feel suits) How do you initially jot down ideas, if at all? Do you have a drafting process, eg, thumbnails, quick sketches, notes etc? How do you (or do you) edit your work in terms of the writing? Is there anything peculiar about your writing process, eg, has to be at a certain time, has to be in a certain type of book or paper etc? What conce