We create two comics.
One story has been methodically planned out, step by step. There’s a master plan. The chapters are written in their entirety over 40 pages. They are sketched, edited, inked and coloured all at once. When the chapter is over, we review the plan, make adjustments, rinse and repeat.
The other comic is created week-to-week. The rough outline is there but adjustments are made on the fly. The characters do what they want, say what they want, and at times, the episodes are cut and edited to meet a tight deadline, other times the episodes seem to last forever!
With each of these approaches, we make mistakes. We draw things in a weird way, the colours aren’t as bright, the panels are not dynamic enough and every now and then a plot hole begins to appear as if a small hole in a tooth. If we’re quick enough, we can fill it as a dentist fills a cavity. Others are gaping and in need of a serious root canal only there are fewer resources to fix it.
We sit there, saying, “This is the week we'll fix it,”
We grumbled, “Once we have a big enough buffer we’ll plug it,”
They’ve sat there for some time now.
Oftentimes, comic creators live with their mistakes in spite of the efforts they have gone to prevent them. Sometimes it’s the art, other times it’s the story, or a plot point that seems no longer relevant. We have made plenty of mistakes.
However, we live with our mistakes and learn from them. We endeavour to write better, draw better, learn quicker. And every time we do, we improve. Fix what you can, but let some mistakes go, if only to stand as testament to how far you’ve come.
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