Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Writing a Graphic Novel

So, how does one write a graphic novel?
That's kind of like asking "where does a 300 pound gorilla sleep"......it gets written however it gets written.
In the case of "Doc Monster: Shadow of the Skies", I decided to pattern it after the old Republic Serials I love so much, like "King of the Rocket Men".  The serials were a single tale broken into a number of chapters...usually with bizarre sounding and incredible names like...."Molten Menace!" and "The Deadly Fog!".  Well, I decided to mimic the structure of the story by dividing Doc Monster into 13 chapters, each with its own bizarre-sounding title.  The title would spark my imagination as to what could happen during that particular chapter.  After the chapters are titled, I'll write short descriptions of the actions I want to take place during that chapter, making special note of main characters that will be introduced.  I'd like to end each "episode" with a cliffhanger...we'll see how that works.  I purposely don't want to script out the entire thing in advance...preferring to work one chapter at a time.  I like the flexibility that gives me and keeps the story interesting.  At least that's the plan.  I'll let you know how it goes!
-Dave

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Welcome to "Dave Flora Presents:"!



In an effort to better manage my various projects, I'm bringing them into a single place where you can view and enjoy them as I make progress. I hope you enjoy your stay!
To kick off a truly MONSTEROUS October, I'm going to begin telling the Doc Monster story: SHADOW OF THE SKIES! This will be a long endeavor...I hope to have a graphic novel-sized piece when it's done...but I think it will be a heck of a story.
The piece on the left is what got me started with Doc. It may be the best work I've done so far. It was inspired by James Bama's "Doc Savage" covers. I plan to add nifty, 1950's color to it later...you can click on it now for a MONSTER-SIZED version! :)