When I started to get interested in scriptwriting and comics, I just went out and researched the topic to learn the general infrastructure of the field. I learned a lot, some of which is useful in storytelling generally.
I can't imagine anyone approaching this without figuring out how it works first, but apparently, that's the usual -- along with people's equally insane habit of copying art/literature from the outside in. Just another example of me and my alien brain. I typically start from one of the core concepts: idea or medium. Either I have a specific kind of story I want to tell, or I want to explore a certain format. I go from whichever of those I star with to the other one, and then work my way out from there.
Another thing I've discovered is how this affects my perspective in storytelling. Only a few settings/characters seem to hit me as script-friendly. I'm not entirely sure why yet; it's new territory. But there's a definite cinematic feel to certain ideas, and it can really influence how I write about them. I like the visual aspects of Schrodinger's Heroes and The Blueshift Troupers.
Sometimes I find myself thinking about comic frames or camera angles. I think about dialog differently too. In a bifocal medium, I strongly prefer stories where the words and images are equally important, although there may be some sections where one predominates. If you're not using them together fluently, you're wasting half your opportunity for storytelling, not to mention the potential for dynamic interest as you shift the weight from one to the other.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Rose & Bay Awards:
Art: "Free Icon Day" by itsamellama
Fiction: "asa kraiya" by Karen Wehrstein aka karen_wehrstein
Poetry: "Poetry for the Masses" by thesilentpoet
Webcomics: "Shades of A" by Tab Kimpton aka khaoskomix
Other Project: "Kano: A Computer Anyone Can Make" by Kano
Patron: Shel, patron of "asa kraiya" by Karen Wehrstein aka karen_wehrstein
Here's a Tumblr page with samples. I love the book dragon because, well, books and a dragon. This forest picture grabbed me for the contrast of red/orange and blue/white, but on closer inspection also has great interest in the swirling critters. This is the first of several vivid bird pictures that caught my interest, and here is a raven in gears for excellent framing. This is something like a melange of gears, galaxy, sunset, and aurora. Space turtle: color contrast, motion, and cool concept. Check out the curl and flow of this ocean scene. Cuddlefluff family scene of friends with a map; bonus points for gender balance and diverse personalities. Different style of art here, more realistic, with a stuffed bird and some paper cranes. There is quite a bit of variety in art concepts.
flameraven is also illustrating the game Weirspace. Ah, that's where the space turtles are coming from. Neato.
What I Have Written
"Who Watches the Watchers" -- freebie
Two teenage girls solve a disciplinary mystery at their high school.
"Unasked, Unanswered" -- 49 lines, $20
A bandit man falls in love with a shrin of Waterjewel, not despite the mystery of gender, but because of it.
Two of them are feats of epic brilliance: Pocahontas as Captain America (somebody fic this, please) and Mulan as Hawkeye.
One is pretty good, Snow White as the Hulk. Although I have to point out, the princess who actually showed extreme personality swings was Rapunzel. ("Best. Day. Ever!" "I am a despicable human being.")
Two are epic fail. Jasmine as Iron Man and Belle as Thor are just wrong. The intellectual Belle is the obvious match for Iron Man. Thor should go to someone with a physical aspect, for which I think Nala is the best match, but Tarzan's Jane has potential too.
One is insulting, putting the Sultan up as Black Widow. Way to make fun of the only female on the team. That position should have gone to a prince who plays on his looks. Now we have options like Gaston (who is evil), Prince Hans (who actually IS a spy), and Flynn Ryder (an outlaw with a double identity and sexual wiles).
I'm willing to overlook the botches for the sheer fansquee of seeing Pocahontas with that shield. Fanfare of symbols, ba-dum-KSH!
What I Have Written
"Fey and Holy Women" -- today's freebie, about a Lollard woman and her magical friends.
"Her Majesty's Bodyguard" -- Two haniwa burial figures do as they please instead of what they were made to do.
93 lines, Buy It Now = $46.50
"Gifts from the Spirit Wind" -- The ghost of a shaman inspires a young woman to invent things.
132 lines, Buy It Now = $66