Gloria Weber Guest Post: Making It Feel Like a Comic

Everyone welcome Gloria Weber, who I think is actually the first guest post on this blog. Enjoy!

When I set out to write UNMASKING: LEMON’S THESIS, I made quite a few choices.  The second choice I made was to tell the story in a manner that would heighten the comic feel.  This wasn’t a simple, “follow comic story telling structure” choice.  Nope, because choice one was to tell a superhero world story without telling the typical superhero (good versus evil) tale.  No, my second choice meant I had to implement a list of things.

First thing on the list?  The book wasn’t divided into chapters.  No, this book had to be divided into “issues.”   I did my best to keep that as true to the modern concept as possible.  Each “issue” holds a piece of the story that starts off resolving something hanging over from the previous one, then it moves the story forward or complicates it further, and then leaves off on a minor to major cliff hanger.

Currently, they put a bunch of issues together and you get a story arc.  In terms of comics, these issues would be what are gathered into trade volumes.  Real world example: JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS #1 – 6 were parts 1 – 6 of the storyline SHOWTIME, which happens to be the name of the trade paperback they are all bound in.

With that in mind, if you look at the cover you might notice “Issue 1.”  UNMASKING is the series.  LEMON’S THESIS is the arc name.

(Yes, there will be more.)

However, I didn’t only write issues.  Because comics sometimes slip away from the title character(s) to tease or fill in bits.  They visit with supporting cast or villains.  Little boxes tell us, “On the other side of the city…” or “Twenty years ago.”  I love those and incorporated them, to fill out the story and keep things interesting.

Another thing I love is the use of sound effects in comics.  Words can be just as much as part of the art as a character’s expression.  Come on!  You know the best part of the Adam West BATMAN show was the pow, bam, and such.  So, I turned up my onomatopoeia game to eleven.

Now, one of my favorite things about comics or anything geek are the little Easter eggs, pop culture references, and nods they make to geek culture.  I couldn’t pass up the chance to do that.  Lemon’s initials are a nod to SUPERMAN #204’s cover and The mysterious Kilmer anomaly is a nod to Val Kilmer (BATMAN FOREVER).

And last, and most likely least, was a visual choice.  Instead of breaking scenes with # or ***, in the print edition I broke scenes with comic style word bubbles.

Many thanks to Paul for his support and for letting me guest blog.  Thank you for taking the time to read my post.  I hope you’ll consider picking up my book!


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