Thoughts on the direction of the comic
So I’ve been thinking a lot about Magical Girl Neil. Unsurprising really, seeing as I spend almost all of my free time working on it. However; I’ve been thinking recently that maybe I shouldn’t be making this comic at this time. I started drawing it on a complete whim, with nothing but a single character design and a simple premise. It was completely off the cuff, and completely unplanned, a surefire recipe for disaster in regards to any story.
Since then, I have created and fleshed out characters, began building a world for them to live in, and planned out a story with an actual beginning, middle, and end. The problem is, that’s all stuff I really should have done before even sketching page one, and without it, many aspects of the comic, the story especially, end up suffering. This is NOT the proper way to write a good story, much less a comic, and as I have continued to work on this series, this is an issue that has steadily nagged away at the corners of my mind. I have gotten… a LOT more attention from drawing this comic than I ever thought I would, and the more popular my work becomes, the more guilty I feel. This is because, when all is said and done, the content I am turning out is mediocre, and I know for a fact that if I sat down and actually planned something out for once, I could be giving these people who support my work something to really become invested in. Right now though, I don’t have the time. I work 40+ hours a week, and work on the comic in my remaining waking hours. Trying to write the story as I am also drawing it just doesn’t work you know? That’s why I’m kind of thinking of just dropping MGN. I’d be able to actually plan a story, taking what I’ve learned from the experience of the last year and using it to make something really great. I’m not even sure how Magical Girl Neil became the main thing I’ve been doing, seeing as it really sort of started as a side plot to a concept I like much more…
Of course, these are all my personal musings and mumblings. I will admit I have been known to become easily depressed about my artwork and writing, and it’s quite possible that I’m just feeling grumpy because it’s taken me two and a half weeks to color this one page. Still, I’m writing this down because I’d like to hear your opinions on the subject.