I’m Writing A Comic: The Fires of the Phoenix

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I’m Writing A Comic: The Fires of the Phoenix



I’m Writing A Comic: The Fires of the Phoenix

fires of the phoenixThat’s right. I’m writing a comic. I have to admit that I don’t know the first thing about writing a comic, but that’s the allure of this project. It’s something I haven’t done before. I’ve written scripts for audio dramas. How hard could it be to write a script for a comic? All you need are interesting characters and a good story, right?


I doubt it’s going to be that easy, but I’m willing to give it a try. Audio stories require you to paint the scene with sound effects and ambiance. With a comic, you do the same with visual cues rather than audio ones. If you know me, you know I don’t have any artistic skills at all. Although I have to admit that I can create a mean stick-figure Klingon. Also, I don’t regularly read comics. However, I think I understand the fundamentals of a good story. So, I threw caution to the wind and decided to take on this project.

You may be wondering, how in the world did I decide to get involved with this project if I couldn’t draw a straight line to save my life? Well, its a bit of a long story in and of itself. So, I supposed, I better start at the beginning and go from there.

In November, I was pulled into a Facebook group conversation by some of the people in a Star Trek fan group I belong to. I didn’t immediately recognize anyone in the room. The conversation’s host shared a piece of art she had created and requested feedback. I was intrigued and asked a few questions, but when the conversation took a turn toward pornville, which the piece had nothing to do with, I decided it was perhaps time to leave. Before I could leave, the artist reigned in the conversation and we refocused on the art work. I stayed.

We spoke for several minutes, as we offered thoughts about her talents. She mentioned she was interested in doing a comic, but wasn’t confident in her ability to write it. I started asking her some questions and I have to admit that I liked her art and her answers. That was the moment, I volunteered my services to help her put words on the page. As the conversation in the group chat died down, we moved our conversation to a more private venue in order to discuss the specifics of the story she had in mind for the comic.

I began taking notes and offering suggestions and changes. She was open to the discussion and appreciated the direction I wanted to take her story in. Then, she dropped the bomb. The story was to take place in the JJ-universe and follow a group of genetically engineered Vulcans, their Andorian creator, and the Romulan mastermind that had devised this ill-conceived scheme. Its no secret how I feel about the JJ Abrams’ Star Trek films – I’m not the biggest fan. However, I was intrigued by the idea of playing around in the universe, writing a comic (something I had not done before), and the story she was looking to tell. I signed up to help her right then and there. My first point of  business was to suggest a new title: The Fires of the Phoenix.

Fast forward to December, since I was working on a collection of short stories for this years NaNoWriMo when this project dropped into my lap.

I started working on the comic by writing up character bios. The artist and I have spent a lot of time talking with one another, making sure that our vision for the characters lined up. As I completed one character, I would send it off to her for feedback. We would discuss her thoughts, and make changes that produced the best compromise. Then, we would talk about the next character and the process would start all over again. As of right now, I have completed four characters bios and she has liked each one. She has even started working on updated character sketches for the stories characters. I will be sharing them once we have them finalized.

I have four more characters to write up before I start writing up the story synopsis for the comic. If she approves of the story, I’ll start work on the script. Finally, once the script has been completed, she’ll get started on the rest of the art.

I am excited to involved with the project and am looking forward to the finished product. When it’s finished, it’s my hope that we will be able to make it available for everyone to check out.

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