Just a friendly reminder we’re at Otakuthon this weekend! Our booth number in Artist Alley is 407, and we will be having a Teahouse 18+ panel later tonight at 11 pm in the Panel 2 room.
E will also be attending the Guest Brunch on Sunday morning. We hope to see you guys at the con!
What’s Going On With Us and Some Upcoming Changes.
So there will not be an update today.
We’re a little insane busy with preparations for AX (which starts tomorrow) but honestly, that’s not the reason we’re not doing an update.
So I (CC) start grad school in August. I’ll be attending AFI and for those of you who know anything about that school, you’ll know that it’s intense. Because my school schedule is going to be rigorous (let’s be honest, INSANE) E and I’ve had to have a serious look at Teahouse and whether or not I can juggle both school and the book.
If you’re having a problem with your Shark Robot order
And you’ve ordered the following:
Mercutio keychain (narwhal)
Mercution keychain (unicorn)
Rory keychain (cake)
Reed keychain (cake)
And you haven’t received your order yet, they are working to fix this problem, it’s NOT THEIR FAULT. We had a problem with our last order of keychains where there was a mix up and unfortunately, those four are no longer available. This is NOT Shark Robot’s fault. They’re going to be refunding you guys your keychain orders and sending out your packages.
Also, if you’ve ordered a print, and haven’t received it yet, they are working on those too. Originally we were the ones that printed all of our prints but we decided that printing paper on our end to mail to them was a bad idea. 1. We were scared that they would get damaged in the shipping process (the full body ones especially since we have to mail them rolled and we have a box full of them) and 2. we didn’t want to chance shipping paper products TWICE cause of the potential for damage. So instead we’ve switched over to their printing which has taken a little time to set up. This is MY fault, guys. :(
I kept going back and forth on this cause I’m so insanely protective of how prints come out that it took a while to finally convince me that this was the best option. I kept trying to figure out a way to mail them prints that was both cost effective and safe for the prints but I just couldn’t find one. I figured keeping the prints affordable was more important that my OCD with prints so again, this is my fault. Please forgive me. This whole order fulfillment thing is new to me.
For those of you who have already contacted me, I’ve already emailed Shark Robot about this. I’m still in Asia right now, but I get home on Monday so I’ll probably be on the phone with them on Tuesday to smooth out whatever details are still hanging.
Thank you so much for you patience guys, this order fulfillment thing is new for all of us so we’re just trying to smooth out the kinks. Most of the orders HAVE gone out there are just a few problem items we’re trying to figure out.
LOVE FROM SOUTH KOREA
This sums up E’s relationship with me.
Oh shit, guys. That’s today. :D
Comic Script basics
So I these are pretty similar so I’m going to just answer both at the same time, hope that’s ok. :)
When you write a comic script, you are THE DIRECTOR and your artist is THE ACTOR. You have to tell them everything you want to happen in a script as clearly you possibly cause it’s not like they can read your mind. Here’s an example:
This is the actual script that E had to work off of for Chapter 5 Page 27.
So from this page you get the following pieces of information: Visually what’s going on in every panel, WHO is in every panel, WHAT is said in every panel, and mentally where I’M (the writer) going with these panels EMOTIONALLY. And all of that’s important because aside from the basic things like “WHAT TO DRAW” in each panel, my artist knows how much room to leave available for text balloons, the mental state of each character so that they can portray that correctly, and of course the over all tone of the scene.
This page, in all honesty, is pretty sparse. I have other scripts that I’ve written that are super dense in their panel descriptions because you have to get everything you picture in your head across to your artist so that it’s crystal clear to them. But with E and I, we get each other and the characters so I can loosen up a bit because I trust what she’s going to do with the art and at the same time she trusts my panel set ups so she follows my scripts pretty tightly.
And now that I’ve mentioned that, if you’re a good writer/team player, be sure to keep your artist in mind when you’re writing. Some artists like to do EXACTLY what’s in the script and some like to do loose interpretations of what they get, it all just depends. And I don’t think any comic writer writes their scripts the exact same way for everyone they work with. Comics are a team effort and you gotta be able to figure out how to make it work for both of you.
Anyway, yeah, just remember, if you’re writing, you gotta be able to paint the clearest picture possible of what you want from your artist or they’re not going to be able to give you what you want. It’s all about communication!
This week, I’ll be fielding writing questions. :D Anything you guys wanna know about writing characters, plot, structure, etc. etc.
Oh my god, what did I do!?