The Arclight Podcast
About This Show
Build a comic book universe and make your first comic as an indie creator. Join Ed Williams &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Brent Lyles, two indie comic book creators, as they share the past five years of their experience and journey building a comic book intellectual property, their first comic book issues, and teach you everything they've learned along the way. From team building and collaboration to world building, to character design and professionalism, you'll join them in their conversations as they let you inside their discussions on the many struggles, wins, and lessons an indie comic creator needs to know. You'll walk away from every episode with something of value that can be applied to your own goals—be they creating your own indie comic empire or working in the comic industry. 1) Enjoy the newest episode of this podcast and 5 of the very best, hand-selected episodes for FREE. 2) Go to http://arclightcomics.com and unlock the full archive (including full show notes and transcriptions) with a subscription OR Community Membership. 3) Your Community Membership also includes access to the Community where you can connect with like-minded indie comic creators 24/7. Sharpen your skills, professionalism and grow as a creator with an Arclight membership: http://arclightcomics.com.
Most Recent Episode
047: Taking Your First Comic Issue From Start to Finish
3 days ago
You need two things to take your first comic script from start to finish: perseverance and grit. Perseverance for when a million things pop up and grit to withstand every last one of them. Writing and producing your first comic is going to test you in every single way. It did for me when I started writing Issue #0 back in 2014. Two years later it's just now getting pushed through to final production for you to see in just a few weeks. Its been a journey, but its come with so many lessons along the way and I want to share those lessons with you in this episode. No matter where you're at in the processing of creating a comic, we're going to give you that extra push to get to the next stage of development. Highlights, Quick Wins & Takeaways The most pivotal moment in writing your first issue is understanding that it's not going to be what's in your head the first time it gets on paper. It's going to be very sloppy and very bad—and that's the way it should be. Perfection isn't found in inactivity. If it doesn't exist, you can't make it better. Start writing. Motivation is found in the doing. You can't sit around and wait to be inspired. You have to start. You have to execute. Get your script on paper. That will forever and always be the catalyst behind moving it to completion. Elevate your script with each revision. Your job isn't to make it perfect on the first try. Writing is an iterative process. Get your script in front of people who are going to give you positive, constructive criticism. You're not looking for compliments or kudos at this stage. Don't try to justify everything once you're given feedback. This feedback is to help elevate the first draft of your comic. Apply it where it matters to move it forward. Surround yourself with talent, not people. Quality over quantity. Invest. At the beginning stages of building a brand, by no means should the words 'cheap' come out of your mouth. Stand on the principle of value in all you do. Fold story into every single aspect of this process from start to finish. Story doesn't start and end at the script. It has to go into everything else.