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The Perpetually Shelved Idea

Once upon a time this post started out as me talking about a project I’ve tinkered with off and on over the years. It was never completed, primarily because over the years I’ve grown leery of talking about projects that aren’t finished or close to finished. Not because I’m worried someone might steal my ideas, or because I think talking about a project before it is finished will somehow cause it to never be finished, but because I dislike projects that are overhyped and never see completion, and because I’ve found at times that the in the act of talking about a given idea I’ve actually expended all the interest I had in that idea, and so it never gets done. Admittedly, that usually means that it wasn’t a strong enough idea to begin with, but that doesn’t always temper the resulting disappointment.

So I deleted what I had written about the specifics of the idea itself, and will instead talk about the specifics of what has happened with the idea I was going to talk about.

Back in 2006 I came up with an idea for a comic series that I thought was interesting. While elements of the idea had been done before, and in some respects continue to be done, they’d never been done in quite this way (at least not that I’m aware of). I was pretty excited about the idea, and at a local convention shortly after bounced it off a lot of the folks I talked to, pro and otherwise. Yes, everyone gets this at a lot at conventions. I’ve been on the receiving end of it myself more than once. Yet in general people seemed pretty supportive of the idea, so I decided to at least try and move forward with it.

I didn’t, and honestly still don’t, have the money to pay an artist to do some sample pages to shop around. There have been times that I’d have needed a jetpack to hit the poverty line. I understand that artists work hard to produce pages and deserve to be paid for their work; though for all that I take umbrage at those artists reminding everyone they deserve to be paid for their work up front, and then turn right around and don’t offer the same when they’re looking for some to write for them. Though for the most part that is a post for another day. I did manage to find a couple artists willing to work on sample packages to shop around and see if we could drum up interest in the book and go from there… only to have them flake on me and either disappear outright or suddenly tell me they couldn’t do the project. So I let it sit for a couple years, and more or less the same thing happens again.

Fast forward to 2010. I’m at a local convention, and they’re hosting a charity auction. I buy a lot of stuff, including a lot of stuff I really have no interest in, to help folks raise money for a good cause. One of the things I picked up was five pages of art service from a group that had volunteered there time and talent as one of the auction awards. I bid on it. Honestly, I didn’t pay much for it; mostly because no one seemed willing to bid against me, as I was prepared to go fairly high for the item.

2010 and the early part of this year were pretty crazy for me for a number of reasons, so I really didn’t have time to sit down and write five new pages, or cut something down to that length. I did let folks know that at the time, and earlier this year I even took time I really didn’t have to cut the idea I mentioned earlier down to four script pages, but a theoretical cover page. I dash off a quick e-mail to let them know I’m looking to finally move on this… and I hear nothing back. I’m a bit miffed at this, but by and large I let it slide. A couple people urge me not to be so laidback about things, so a few weeks ago I dust of the script, clean it up a bit, and send a bit of a more formal note. It was a polite note. It included the script, and suggestions for the art team, while leaving room for folks on their end to make suggestions. While I’ll crack the whip when I need to, when I’m working with an artist I like to give he (or she) plenty of room to show their stuff. The result… I hear nothing back.

I could e-mail again, but at this point I’m not sure it serves any purpose. At this point, I’m used to seeing this particular project get shelved. I’ll either eventually find an artist for it, or maybe I’ll turn it into prose. I like the idea that started this all, and if nothing else I’ve had time to develop as a thinker and as a writer; I think that once it comes to light the results will be stronger than they would have been had they seen the light of day back in 2006.

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Posted by on August 31, 2011 in Comics


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