On Comics

Well, I said I would start writing my graphic novel in April and I have. Tonight I wrote the first chapter – and I’ll admit that it’s harder than one would think. I’m finding that I really have to imagine what the scene would look like – and ask myself if the story is being told in the action of the picture.

Yeah, there are thought bubbles guiding the reader along. But I’m a fan of comics, and I know how irritating those can be when they are overused. The story must be told in the pictures, the reader must be guided along by what is happening on the page, and most importantly the reader must connect with a character whose thoughts and emotions are unspoken.

So I have written the first chapter. Yet, I have not written the first chapter to the graphic novel of Rancour. There’s another story that’s been bubbling inside me for several years, and it’s demanding that it be told. What am I to do? I’m telling it. I’m getting it out there, discovering who these characters are, and finding out what it is that they wish to say.

So far, I think these are characters that I won’t mind getting to know better.

Batman vs. Spiderman

After reading my last post I have come to the conclusion that I am a very deep and introspective man. I was actually thinking about that earlier today as I was reading Spiderman Civil War.

Of all the superheroes, I have to admit there’s a tie between Spiderman and Batman for who is my favourite. Batman almost edges out Spidey for the simple fact that he’s a normal guy, and therefore (in some weird alternate universe that didn’t make me 5 foot 3) I could be just like him. Of course, Batman has that creepy obsession with teaming up with children and sending them into dangerous missions.

But then again Spidey now has that whiny voice thanks to Tobey MacGuire’s cardboard portrayal of him. I can’t read a Spiderman comic without hearing Luke Skywalker say (stomping his foot) “but I don’t want to fix the power converters!”

I think I like the solo Batman best, and perhaps the comic-not-turned-movie version of Spiderman just slightly second. But that’s just me.