I just remembered that you said you might change Ramona's haircut on the picture with Gideon in Volume 5 in later Re-Issues. Now with the release of the color editions, will you change it? Plus, i found another (possible) mistake: Scott and Envy broke up on new year's eve, right? In Volume 2, Scott and Wallace say that it's "APRIL something", and later on the same day, it is said that his break up with Envy is 431 days ago. Thus that day would be MARCH 6th or 7th. Am i making a mistake here?
edit i think i misunderstood the wording of the question so strike this paragraph
lol… yes, you are making a mistake, your calculations are off. There are 365 days in a year. There are 31 days in March. That would only get us to 396 days at most.
The minimum number of days between January 1st and April of the following year is ~456. That means, you’re right, 431 days could not have them breaking up on new year’s.
however, i don’t think i said they broke up on new year’s. They just had a really big fight on new year’s. They didn’t officially break up until a few weeks later……..
Remember the flashback scene (in volume 3) that shows Scott and Stephen Stills talking about the fight? They are on a park bench. It’s winter and it’s clearly a few days / weeks later. Scott acts like he doesn’t remember the fight, and has not broken up with Envy yet…
if it says somewhere (later in the series) that they broke up on new year’s, then, you caught me in a mistake. otherwise, i’m good!
re: Your other question. Yes, I will most likely change the art in that one panel in vol 5. The panel in question is a scene where Wallace shows Scott a blurry picture of Gideon and Ramona is visible in the background with short hair. That is a mistake; she should have had long hair at that time.
i pulled out a bunch of questions (i have a lot of them in my inbox) and organized them loosely by theme. so, here’s a bunch of mainly Writing Questions. next time, a bunch of Drawing type questions.
Q. I’ve been a fan of Scott Pilgrim for a while, but just read Lost at Sea recently, and really liked it, because it feels very personal, maybe semi-autobiographical. So…what do you think about auto-biographical/personal graphic novels? Would it have been hard to write Scott Pilgrim if you hadn’t writed Lost At Sea first?
A. lost at sea is actually less autobiographical than scott pilgrim, if you want to get technical… i intentionally grabbed a lot of locations and colorful characters from my life for Scott P, but lost at sea is much more traditionally fictional. nothing in Lost at Sea actually happened to me and none of the characters are specifically based on anyone i knew. it’s just a book that i wrote about some emotions i had.
The two stories represent two different ways of looking at my own life and trying to make sense of the world, i guess, which is what all my work revolves around.
Q. So I reread SP and I realised there was all this symbolism. Blew my Frikkin mind. I just wanted to ask, were you intending on writing some goofball comics, or was the heart from Lost at sea and finest hour, there all along?
i mean, yes, there was a plan and there was a heart all along
Q. When you first wrote/drew SP Vol.1, Did you know it was going to take 5 more books. And if so, at what point of Vol.1 did you think, this is a good place to stop?
A. yes, i mean, yes it was going to be somewhere from 4-7 books long when I pitched the series to Oni Press, and I quickly settled on 6 books.
i don’t know if you noticed, but Scott Pilgrim Vol 1 ends at a very specific point, where Scott has just fought Ramona’s first evil ex and learned about the rest of them. that’s the launching point for the rest of the story, so i thought it was a good place to end the first book.
Q. Do you have a specific method for starting a new story? Rather, is there a certain element of a story that comes to mind (or sketchbook) first? (e.g. a plot idea, a character design, certain imagery you want to create, a specific scene, a general theme, etc.) I’m curious as to what makes you want to take one idea and turn it into a large body of work such as SP while other ideas are left in the sketchbook/never used. Thanks!.
A. i said something about this before, but generally i have some germ of an idea, i write it down and i leave it in a folder for as long as it wants to be left alone. i add new stuff into the folder if it seems to go along with the first idea.
I don’t strongly remember the development process for Lost at Sea but i think it mainly involved figuring out the main character. it’s a very subjective story and it’s all about her experience, her memories, etc.
with Scott Pilgrim, the core of the story was always the scott/ramona relationship and the tapestry of supporting characters around that. When i later had the idea of 7 evil exes, that supplied the structure for the whole story and it was relatively easy (ie nonstop work for 7 years) to make something out of that structure and those characters.
Q. Can you explain more about your writing process? I seem to have found bits and pieces (sketches, thumbnails, scripts) here and there, but I would love to know how you, personally, take an idea from inspiration to finished work.
A. my process is always evolving. I guess continuing from the previous answer, when I know the general skeletal structure of my story…
(example: there’s a guy in a band dating a high school girl who meets a new girl and tries to woo her then finds out she has seven evil ex-boyfriends coming to kill him, scott pilgrim vol 1)
…the next step would be to figure out what scenes are going to happen. so you logically start going, ok, he’s in a band, we need to show the band practicing. maybe they have a show. hmm, maybe the fight at the end could take place at their show. hm, the high school girl would probably be obsessed with the band… etc, etc. I just start pooping out ideas for scenes.
after that you kinda have to take the time to refine all your ideas, figure out what’s essential, what’s dumb, what’s repetitive, what needs more work, what could be combined with something else to form something more interesting. That part generally takes the longest (and i find it takes longer & longer the more books I write, because I get to be more of a perfectionist).
anyway, all those ideas can eventually be refined into a pretty detailed story outline. With Scott 1, it was just scrawled on the side of a piece of paper. From that, I generally do a full script. (although on my new book, Seconds, I refined the outline extra-refiney and am composing comic pages straight from the outline.)
Scott Vol 1 was actually pretty easy to write, mainly because it has NO ENDING — it’s all introduction! endings are hard… beginnings are a lot easier. Seconds has a beginning, middle and end and it was DIFFICULT to write.