Welcome to the blog relaunch. Enjoy the show.
If you’re just joining us, as many of you are, I’m Mark Waid, a very lucky writer whose 25-year career has depended exclusively on print–specifically, on comic books and graphic novels in their familiar paper format. I’ve had some very good years and a few relatively lean ones. I’ve been around long enough to see the fortunes of the medium I’ve loved since I was three years old rise and fall repeatedly, but I always assumed that print would forever be my home.
Now I’m not so sure.
Right now, even as you read this, I’m working with some incredibly talented comics craftsmen to launch a digital comics website next month. It’ll be regularly updated with all-new content covering a variety of storytelling genres. But because I’m a big believer in sharing information, I’ve decided to go public with the construction process–meaning that, effective today, I’m turning this dormant “here’s everything I know about print comics” page into a full-blown Digital Comics Process Blog.
In the weeks to come, I’ll regularly update you with Everything I Know. I’ll explain why I originally got the bug to go digital several years ago and what about it appeals to me. I’ll introduce you to some of the webcomics creators I learned (and am still learning) from. You’ll read interviews with and guest columns by other artists and writers as we talk about what works, what doesn’t, and what ought to if we could just figure out how to implement it. Most of all, with glass-house transparency, I’ll show you my first baby steps in this new medium, and I’ll happily disclose what I’ve learned (and am still learning) about how to get the best out of it.
If I do this right, we should in a very short period of time become a good, solid resource for anyone out there who wants to know how to start doing digital comics–and for anyone experienced who cares to share his or her insights. Forums are already being set up here (if they’re not already), and I welcome your comments.
Tomorrow: Epiphany 2009.