A Stub of a Thought

Even though I’m not done with either of my current projects (my three salvageable short stories and my thesis/novel) I spend a fair amount of time thinking about what I’ll do next. It was while standing amidst the comic books at Newbury Comics on Friday afternoon that I was once again swayed in the direction of the fantasy/sci-fi/comic book idea that I’ve been stewing over for well over a decade. The idea I have for a follow-up novel is great too, but I this comic book idea comes into my mind far more often. And, using the frequency of its appearance in my daydreams as a barometer, I think that probably means I should move forward with finding an artist for the damn thing, before I finally have the chance and the desire to do it and realize that I don’t have anyone to do the art.

In the end, I’m sure I’m just going to have to pull out the old pencil and start retraining myself to draw, but I am hopeful I’ll find someone. I just have very particular tastes in comic book art and I’ll need to find precisely the right person. And then, of course, there’s the question of web versus print. I saw an article about web comics taking over the other day, but I can’t find it at the moment. Anyway, I think there’s a really strong argument to be made for starting on the web, building a fanbase, and then putting out a book when you’ve got enough material (as Erik and Steve have done with BU).

By the way, random thought: The BU Wikipedia page is slated for deletion. It looks as if one guy has voted for its removal from the online encyclopedia, based on the fact that it’s a “nonnotable webcomic article” and it has a low Alexa rating. Interesting… Is this just a hater or a guy with the “best interests” of the encyclopedia at heart?

Anyway, that’s about all I have to say for Friday. I had comic book related thoughts and the made me want to do something. That’s about it.