Saturday, July 25, 2015

LUPUS MOON #27 - "Re-Re-Re-Re-Re-Rebirth"

No, that title isn't meant to visually recreate a DJ scratching a record.

Since the last post, "Lupus Moon" has gone from a comic book, back to a novel, and back to a comic book.

Again.

I wasn't going to say anything about it initially; folks would find out when artwork dropped, or I casually mentioned a script instead of pages. But, I pride myself on providing transparency for the five or six fans I may have, so if it means exposing my entire twisted, sordid process, so be it.

The deciding factor for going back to the four-color world? I tried writing the novel version and just wasn't enjoying it as much. It was cool, don't get me wrong (any type of writing is cool to me), but I couldn't shake the feeling that I wanted to see "Lupus Moon" as a comic. I kept envisioning the pages, seeing Alexandria come alive in my mind, and wanted to make that manifest. I wanted others to see the cool images I had in my skull. And since I don't have the resources to make the story a movie (as it was originally conceived circa 1999), a comic book was the way to go. It's not as financially safe as writing a novel (a key factor in turning away from the four-color world), but dammit, it's what I wanted. And, at 37, it's past time I start pursuing what I want instead of what I think I can get.

So yeah, "Lupus Moon" is a comic again.

I've reworked the story for the first arc already (from an already reworked version that would've been the novel), and I've even reached out to a few artists regarding character design and rates. The difference this time is that I'm fully ready to accept that this will most likely be a one to two-year process from conception to finished product (if I'm lucky). In the past, I've been starving to have something completed to show people, and that lead to some decisions that I later regretted. Besides, with the webcomic going strong, I'm able to satisfy that need for completion (not to mention the script for a short I recently completed, and another I'm chomping to get after).

I wouldn't be so stupid as to promise the format for this story will never change again (hopefully, if anything, I'll just add other formats to the comic one), but I can say that I don't see it happening anytime soon. I'm simply content, and at peace with, the way things are looking.

And that's a great place to be.