milkk-kun asked: KIKI HALP. My friend and I wanna do a collab comic but we both wanna do writing and art. How do we go about this successfully?? (つД`)ノ
Hmm I’m not sure I’m the foremost authority on collaborative writing but I do recall when Nico and I were writing our super-homosexual masterpiece “Sunshine and Rainbows” we had a lot of epic AIM chats that went into the wee hours of the morning where we excitedly hashed out character traits and plot points together. (Come to think of it, that was really fun and I miss it…LET’S WRITE MORE GAY TEEN DRAMA, NICO.) I think our ultimate plan was to take turns drawing pages (using a script we basically co-wrote line-by-line on chat), but of course we only got like five pages in before our attention drifted elsewhere…. If you’re trying to turn out a reasonably cohesive finished product I would suggest doing the pages in chunks (i.e. you do pages 1 - 10, she (she?) does pages 11 - 20, or you do chapter one, she does chapter two). If you don’t have a good enough rapport going to come to an agreement on how to divide the work…then maybe you should reconsider doing a collaboration together. :|
Another good option might be to do two separate comics in the same universe, so using the same characters and setting but having two different stories (i.e. I always loved what CLAMP did with Tsubasa and xxxHolic and I wish there were more series out there like that). Then you could design a universe together, but each have more freedom to write your own script and draw your own pictures without butting heads over every little detail.
Hm…anyway…seems like kind of lofty advice from someone who hasn’t drawn a comic in a few years…but then again I do have a BFA in Cartooning that cost me six figures so hopefully I’m at least qualified to give advice via tumblr asks…god knows it hasn’t proven useful for much else yet…heheheheh….