This has happened to us before, we tend to get fairly busy and the house is so big we sometimes forget we both live in it.
It’s an odd experience to be working on a story with another person. In the past, when I would write short stories, novellas and novels, It was only me who put together the story. That meant I controlled the pace the world was created. I created a descriptive world that existed by itself, relying on the reader’s imagination to fill in the blanks. The process of PPC is different from that. I still write the words, but I have to create a movie on paper for Peter to follow. The scripts look more like a stage manager’s blocking script or an instruction manual. Each frame is described in detail, followed by dialogue and then more blocking instructions. Even then, the vision sometimes needs a little coaxing for the right artwork to come out. After the script is finished, it’s sent to Peter to illustrate into springboards or “storyboards” for comic books. I look over them and give further instruction before they’re made into panels. The panels then are reread and we make changes to make the book read more smoothly, or change the feel of a chapter, whatever may be necessary.
In the end, by the time the book goes to print, the process has been as follows. The script goes into production for first draft. It’s read by Peter and myself looking for mistakes in grammar, syntax and spelling, I rewrite it in second draft. Then it’s reread by me as I look for continuity mistakes sending it into third draft. Peter then tells me what is possible artistically, or what may work better moving from one panel to the next, helping to create the fourth and final draft of the script. After the final draft is written, the book goes into springboards. This process creates a rough artistic look for the book, displaying the art panel by panel and character designs. Vintner, for example, went through three major redesigns, before we decided on final character art. I make any notes needed to adjust angles, feel or movement then it’s sent into first artist’s draft. This is a chapter by chapter process, as Peter creates the final panels and we see how the book reads. As each chapter is completed, we make necessary changes to art and dialogue before going into the second and final artist’s draft. Once that’s complete, we have a book ready to print.
This process is plenty different from writing a book and going into three or four drafts and then calling it a day. The steps and collaboration make for a much more labor intensive process, but the result is hella cool.