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Does That Make This A Maxi-Series?

Big family gathering today, and I'm just looking to kill some time before my whole day vanishes.  So I put some finishing touches on the current script for Sound Waves that I'm working on.

One of the drawbacks to self-publishing is you have to be your own editor.  I've been weeding out story ideas that I don't think could sustain a whole issue (which is sad when you consider each issue is only 16 pages).  Among those I've tossed is one where Rhapsody meets the Flying Dutchman and one where Marina's ex-boyfriend (you'll meet her in #3) comes around.  I have up to #8 written, and I just finished up the art for #4.

When all is said and done, it looks like the series will run somewhere between 12 and 14 issues, and then it will end.

Not that I'm complaining.  It's supposed to be a quiet little series, and nothing says I can't come up with another story or two in the meantime.  In fact, it's surprising to me that I have this much material.  I was originally shocked when I had five stories to tell.  Thinking about the mermaid culture I created produced a few more stories, more than I anticipated.  All in all, it will leave the series with a pretty nice page count when it's done.

Part of what concerns me is the future direction of some of the stories.  #12 introduces a new element that is hinted at here and there.  And I worry that, continuing from that point, will turn the series into a solid adventure series instead of this quiet little pocket.

All you fans, rest assured, though.  I will be ending it in a way that means that, should I get more stories or a new twist and decide to revive the series, I can at a later date.

I love writing and drawing Rhapsody and Melody.  It would be a shame if I, the first line defense of the characters, were to make them into something they're not supposed to be.


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Aug. 15th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
14 issues of a self published book isn't so bad. Besides, when you hit the big time you will have just enough to have an omnibus edition graphic novel printed that you can sell at your table at the conventions. When your fans buy it and read it, then they'll ask you if you have more Sound Waves stories, and you will then be able to revive the series to a much larger audience. By that time you will have a lot more stories that have been fermenting in the back of your mind like a fine wine. And you will already have the acclaim in place that one of the comics companies you work for will gladly publish and distribute the new series of Sound Waves.

I'm I exaggerating? Maybe. But without dreams, what do we really have? (Woah, I just had an internet persona flashback)
Aug. 16th, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
It's not a bad dream, actually. I've seen it work before, as long as the creators keep their expectations in line. A simple collection of all their stuff (like Sam And Max), publishers are willing to do and will beg for new material. However, if you suddenly start making demands more appropriate to a 30K book and think you'll match that, no.

So, dreams? Sure. But a lot closer to reality that you might realize.
Aug. 16th, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
Actually, I'm having some second thoughts about the Flying Dutchman story, so I might put that back in.

Here's one that will also help illustrate my point -- one of the stories I was originally cooking up concerned a garbage scow that sank in the ocean. The problem was, what do I do with it? Everybody would pretty much avoid it, there's no real reason to explore it. The only story I could come up with was one that would become one of those preachy environmental stories. I didn't like it, thought it would split the readership, and if I do something with a garbage barge in the middle of the ocean and don't mention an environmental angle, readers are going to wonder what the problem is.

* THUNK * In the trash....
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