Hey everybody, my name is Dave Wheeler, a jack of all trades when it comes to comics, working as an inker, colorist, letterer, writer and book designer. In addition to the comics industry I’ve worked in the advertising and graphics industry for 8 years. I’m also proud to be one of the co-founders of the kid-friendly comic company MIND WAVE COMICS doing my part to bring back the fun to comics for almost 10 years! When I’m not in the studio I enjoy long walks on the beach, making toys and professional wrestling. That’s enough about me though.
Chris invited me to do a guest blog post talking about my process for scripting when it comes to comics…
I must preface the rest of this post with the fact that this is just my approach to scripting, there are a million different approaches to this process and none better than the next. What works for me may not work for you and that’s alright. Find what works best for you and your ideas. Now that that’s been said let’s move on. I approach scripting from the perspective of a sculptor: refinement. Starting with a giant chunk of an idea and breaking it down into the basic shapes. I do this by writing down the big ideas and events I want to happen for the next few issues establishing a basic timeline and pick what I think I can contain within one issue. From there I establish my big “key” moments I see happening within that issue.
The next steps further the refinement process, establishing the larger events mentioned above and figuring out just how many pages to dedicate to each creating an overall page count. Once established I can then start developing my dialogue and creating those moments to further each character moving their individual threads along while creating the larger picture that I’ve been developing for the last several issues. Going from the broad strokes down to individual’s dialogue and establishing moments gives me the time to think through and evolve my ideas to make sure they create a solid final product.
Again this comes down to trial and error. There were several methods I tried before finding this one that works for me. There are always going to be moments you will get stuck, don’t give up on it. Walk away for a few minutes and then come back to it with fresh eyes and mind. It sounds cheesy but it works more often then not. Thanks for reading! If you want to check out some of the comics and books I’ve worked on by visiting www.MINDWAVECOMICS.com.
Peace and Luck,