Posted by johnamor | Filed under Work
Over the past week, things have just worked out in such a way that all the projects I’m working on need a ton of layouts done on the same day. So my Monday afternoon to early Tuesday morning is about thumbnailing.
Working to The Social Network OST and bits and pieces of Joe Hisaishi. No words. Just melodies pouring in to help the conversion of text to visuals.
I am about three-quarters of the way through. I’ve had my second coffee. My wife is asleep. There is a slight drizzle outside and a chill to the air that plays on my fatigue and determination in equal parts.
Laying a book out tends to be the most tedious and challenging part of making comic books. At its heart, comics are storybooks, and thumbnailing is the very first time the story is being told. By the writer. To you. This is when the soul of the comic is formed, and when you boil it down to its purest form. And what that purest form is to you is what it’s going to be for everyone else. This is the best bit.
Visual Problem Solving, Alex calls it. It’s no lie that it’s not easy getting a story across with no words. But when it is done successfully, it is that much more powerful because the reader is a participant in the story’s telling.
It is a cold Tuesday morning and I am making comic books.