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27 April 2013 @ 11:28 pm
Something old dusted off  

I posted this on tumblr recently... It's the resume and an illustration I drew of a story I wrote as a pre-teen :

Life is pretty hard for Josephine, fourteen. Her mom accidentally killed a witch, and is now turning into one. There’s boxes everywhere in their new house, formerly her uncle’s. He’s still around though. He’s the fire spirit in the hart. A couple of the boxes went missing, taken by the power-hungry miniature warlocks in the attic. To top it off, Josephine has a big magical key for an invisible door, and a crush on a strange boy who eats fairies. And it’s raining.

Josephine and the house nobody wanted is a story I wrote in junior high. It was heavily influenced by all the European comics I read as a kid, but I still love it and feel the need to draw these guys once in a while. I should definitely revisit it once day.

I wrote a ton of stories when I was a kid and teen. Sometimes I feel the need to revisit them. None of these stories are that good. Several have predictable twists and turns, and sometimes completely rip-off stuff I was reading at the time. But each story has a little something I can build upon, which is why I keep my kid notebooks preciously.

Lately, i've been poking at my muse a lot, trying to find new things to do with my comics. I've been thinking that I wanted to try the one-panel webcomic format some artists have been doing (namely Emily Carroll and Michelle Czajkowski). It's a format that works nicely for visual storytelling, and seems to work well for kid's stories. I've seen it used for a couple of French comics too, such as Yaya's Ballad, that use one to three panels per page in these small, rectangular shaped pages : 

I really like this format. I really, really want to try it.

Posted to both Lj and Dreamwidth.
Diane: confusedichiban_victory on April 28th, 2013 08:07 am (UTC)
Having recently browsed through some European tales to find various things, I have to say, they are really weird! The details they felt to include, while omitting others confuses me. (I was reading a version of Jack and the Beanstalk, but instead it covered his exploits killing giants, and at one point he marries a woman, but that's the last we read of her!) Sometimes it really is good to simplify a setting for the sake of not losing the story in a lot of details that may not add anything.

But anyway, experiment away! I'm a big fan of comics that don't rely on dialogue to tell a story. Let the art speak for itself.
brendalabrendala on April 28th, 2013 03:47 pm (UTC)
Maybe I should dig up some of my old stories. I had this idea for a historical comic set before the Civil War when I was a teenager. But the research I had to do was too daunting and I eventually gave up on it (this was before I had easy access to the internet. So most of my research was via encyclopedias and history books)
Fenmere, the Wormfenmere on April 28th, 2013 04:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you so, so much for sharing these Yaya's Ballad pages! I've recently rebooted my comic, Harmless Free Radicals, starting with a single panel page, and I wasn't quite sure how I was going to handle breaking the pages up into multiple panels when need be. This gives me an excellent visualization of the pace!
The Princess of Seyruun: MLP: I want it.amelia_seyroon on April 29th, 2013 02:46 pm (UTC)
Ooooooooooh. *.*