Insufferable Week 16

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I have to admit, I really do have mixed feelings about Galahad, and my opinion of him changes from week to week. In some ways, I’m still trying to figure him out; I thought I knew him and what makes him tick, and then he quite literally starts saying things that I couldn’t have predicted sixteen weeks ago. I’ve said this before about story structure–I think it’s important to know where you’re going with your narrative (we do), and it’s critical to have a strong beginning, but at least in my case, the more advance planning I do, the more stale it feels when I get to certain long-planned moments.  So I try to avoid those. I liken it to setting out to L.A. from Florida by car, committing to taking US 75 to US 10W and a general time frame, but giving myself full permission to take spontaneous detours if I think they’ll make the trip more exciting or if I’ll learn new things along the way. Anyone who says they have every last little detail of their multi-part epic planned out right to every period and comma is either lying or a crash-test dummy.  (Or Jonathan Hickman, sui generis he.)

That’s my unasked-for advice today for young creators: don’t feel locked in by your first ideas. Build flexibility into your narrative, and if at any time it feels like the characters are pulling you in some unexpected direction, FOLLOW THEM. If you don’t like where you end up, you can always backtrack, but NEVER be afraid to turn left instead of right just to see what happens.

Aug 22, 2012 In: Comics

Insufferable Week 14

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And we’re live with this week’s installment. Who IS after Nocturnus and Galahad? Who knows this much about them? How do we get Troy Peteri to letter so much each week for so little money?

Aug 08, 2012 In: Comics

Insufferable Week 13

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What a friend we have in Twitter. Hope you like the pop-up captions technique, because we use it to what I believe is strong effect in this installment. And, yes, most of those @TheRealGalahad followers are real. They’re fans of the series, and this is far from the last time we’ll be incorporating live tweets into the installments, so if you want to be part of the next round (and join the Insufferable universe and be in-continuity and EVERYTHING!), start following @TheRealGalahad and we’ll seek you out.

In the meantime, again, if you’re enjoying the series, spread the word to everyone you can. I expect some major growth to our readership in the coming weeks as we start to roll out some new weekly series, but in the meantime, every recommendation helps. Thank you for your support.

Aug 01, 2012 In: Comics