PLOTTING A SERIAL WEBCOMIC, PART 6 – “The Conclusion”on September 20th, 2011
AND EVEN WHEN IT’S OVER, IT’S NOT OVER…
The last thing I wanna mention is how difficult webcomics can make seeing your story as whole—even with tons of planning. I want to stress again how many times I’ve read back over a chapter I thought was pretty solid and realized it just didn’t flow right. I’ve gone back and re-edited almost every strip after its initial posting for exactly that reason. Flow—good flow—is very hard to get right when you’re creating things piecemeal.
I’m not saying you should get all George Lucas about it. Let your cruddy early art stand. Don’t obscure a panel with some weird creature walking by in front of it. For goodness’ sakes—don’t add a lame musical number.
My point is, with a good plan, tweaks and edits are usually minor.
THE MACRO AND THE MICRO
Good, serial webcomics can be done by anyone, I think. You just have to be willing to put the time in to break things down from the big idea to the much smaller ones. Tasty bites. The trick is not forgetting the larger meal you’re serving.
Serial webcomics have to work on two levels to be truly successful. They need to work well by themselves as an individual experience, but they also have to feed into the larger whole of the story in a natural way that moves the story along at a good pace. The macro and the micro.
And just think…all this BEFORE you start drawing!