This coming month, I am starting an exciting chapter in my life. I aim to complete 2 project drafts by the end of this year. One of these drafts is for a YA (young adult) fantasy chapter book that I aim to post online. The other draft is for a short YA graphic novel I started at a comics workshop this summer.
In order to accomplish this, I will be working full time in tandem on these two projects — one drawing, one writing. Since these will be the first drafts of both these stories, I am completing them with the aim for further editorial work and development.
AAVAN: An Illustrated Web Book
AAVAN is a fantasy chapter book with golems, ancient magic, and a music school. I started writing this book last summer and I'm hyped to finish it. It's a combination of many things I love: AI and free will, musical performance, and reclaiming your agency. I'm very much inspired by Phillip Pullman, Terry Pratchett, and Diana Wynne Jones.
I'm excited to eventually post this chapter book online when the full edit is completed. My current plan is to release each finished chapter weekly or bi-monthly, formatted with interactive and moving illustrations inline. Much like a webcomic, the site domain will host a dynamic reading experience. I'm also considering doing one-shot colored comic pages set in the same world. For the illustrations, I'm planning on using two methods. One will be using GIFs (animated pictures) made in photoshop. The other is a site called Sketchfab, which can host 3D models online and allows anyone to turn them around and look at them.
However, before any of this can happen, the draft needs to be FINISHED!
In the Near Future:
DRAFTING! I have scheduled out my time to have a finished draft for this book by the end of the year. I'll also be doing some concept development for the interactive illustrations on the site.
Small Towns: A Comic
Small Towns is a graphic novel I started drawing at a workshop this summer at the Center for Cartoon Studies. It's a YA story about a girl named Jean, who spends a lot of time with Rosie, the elderly caretaker for their town. Making my own comics has been an exciting process so far, and I'm excited to have a finished, multi-page work to share in the future.
I only came into drawing comics more recently, and it was so fulfilling to try different prompts and exercises during the workshop and to collect inspiration from everyone around me. I am sure I wouldn't have found this story without that amazing workshop group.
In the near future: Thumbnailing and writing! I will be creating layouts and dialogue for the story beats I've laid out.
What I'll Be Posting
This IS a tidy blog, after all, so I'm looking forward to documenting what I learn through working solely at home for the first time since college. Working at home can be tricky and requires a lot of structure (at least in my case). I fell into a rhythm when I was working on my short film, and it will be interesting to see how that rhythm has changed post-grad.
More specifically to writing and drawing, I have a feeling I'll learn quite a lot from committing full-time to these projects. I want to learn more about how I create, what kind of stories make me excited, and what potential my finished, polished work may have in the future.
Once again, I look forward to sharing this process with you all! I'm so excited for the future!
Happy summer to you all!