Post by Crimebuster on Dec 5, 2018 23:23:12 GMT -5
I'm working on creating a comic book, which I hope to publish next summer, so I thought I would share my efforts with the community here.
Old timers may remember that several years ago, I decided to make my own Creimebuster series, continuing his adventures where Boy Comics #119 left off. Since Both Crimebuster and Boy Comics are in the public domain, anyone is free to do this. At that time, I shared a couple pages, but after working on it for a little bit, I gave up.
Well, now I'm back. I've started mostly from scratch, though some of the basic story and character ideas are still present. I learned a couple big things from my last attempt, though.
First, it was too serious. The subject matter was more serious than I enjoyed writing, and the art style was more serious than I was capable of rendering with my limited skill set. This time around, I am having more fun with a story that, while still a murder mystery, is far less grim and more adventurous. I also have adjusted my art style, embracing an Archie style that allows me to get across things like facial expressions with much more ease than before.
Secondly, my process was flawed. I was trying to complete each page one at a time before moving on to the next page, which I know works for lots of people. But not me - I felt bogged down, and slow. This time, I've decided to use a classic comic book production line style. I'm doing the entire book one phase at a time - plotting, thumbnails, breakdowns, line work, inking, dialoguing, etc - going through all 28 pages of the story before moving on to the next step. Right now I am at the line work phase, having already done full breakdowns for the entire story. It feels much more managable and steady to me this way.
So what is the series about?
The Crimebusters basically picks up where Boy Comics #119 left off. It's 1956, and Crimebuster - aka Chuck Chandler - is at college, working to get his degree so he can one day join the police force. But even in a small college town, trouble seems to always find Chuck... Trouble with a capital T, that is. Enter Trixie Trouble, an intrepid girl reporter for the school newspaper who dreams of becoming a professional private eye. When one of the school's most respected professors turns up dead, Chuck and Trixie must work together to discover the truth behind his death. Was it suicide, like the cops claim? Or did he bring back more than just rare artifacts from his recent archaeology trip to Peru — like an ancient curse?
My main influence with this series is the original Life with Archie series, as well as teen detective stories in general. Scooby Doo and Archie's Weird Mysteries is the vibe I am going for, and characters like The Three Investigators, Veronica Mars and (obviously) Trixie Belden are big influences.
My plan is for this issue and future issues to be complete, self contained stories; since they take so long for me to make, I don't think it would be fair to ask readers to stay engaged for who knows how long in order for a bigger story to play out. However, I do have a larger arc in mind, which will incrementally build as a subplot as the series progresses.
That's down the line, though. For now, I'm just trying to make one comic book, something I have always dreamed of. I love Crimebuster, I'm excited to introduce Trixie Trouble as his new partner, and I'm having a good time working on it. I expect it will take me until the end of March to finish this issue, if all goes well. Once it's done, I'm going to do a Kickstarter campaign for the series. We'll see!
I'll be posting updates here for you guys, and I've also started a website for the comic, which you can find at crimebustercomics.com. I haven't shared any of this with anyone else yet, so I'm eager to see what you guys think!