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"Short Ghost Stories: The Man with the Axe in his Back" is an experimental book I finished recently, a series of 8 short ghost stories. I first wrote them in proseformat, and then converted half of them into comics-prose. The purpose of this is to explore the best way of creating comics-prose - whether by converting a prose story, or by converting a comics story.

As a result, there are TWO versions of the same book. One with all 8 stories in prose-only format, while the other has 4 of the stories converted into comics-prose. In terms of conversion, it was successful... but ultimately, I found that it's best to convert a COMIC into comics-prose, as I'll explain further on in the past.



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You can sample the stories on my site. I'll be posting half of the comics-prose stories up on this site, starting in August 2014!

Thoughts on "Comics-Prose"


I've learned more about doing comics-prose through doing these stories, and my conclusion is this: Comics-prose is COMICS. I used to think that it's 50/50 prose-comics, perhaps leaning more towards prose, but I turned out to be wrong. I started doing comics-prose by taking my comics and turning some of the panels into prose, and I find that this is actually MUCH easier than the other way around.

Turning my prose stories into comics-prose was HARD. Perhaps it was the way I write, but that's why I managed to only turn half the stories into comics-prose. I found that often times things needed to be rewritten, but most of all, redundancies tended to pile up. There's also this problem I call "prose-picture" tautology, which is where you have a picture of something, followed by prose that describes what happens in the picture, or PART of what happens. This is normal and not completely avoidable, but it seems to happen a LOT more when I converted prose into comics-prose, leading to rewrites.

My conclusion is the comics-prose is actually a form of compressed story-telling in comics. Manga is the ultimate in decompressed story-telling, and oddly enough, this form of comics story-telling is meant to compress manga-style story-telling.


Thoughts on professional copy-editing


I hired a professional copy-editor that works for a large publisher for this project, and while it was an interesting experience, I'm not sure I'll do it again. It's not the price, which was reasonable, nor the quality, which was good. It's because the copy-editor, while managing to spot a few inconsistencies in the stories, also managed to INTRODUCE inconsistencies.

This became a huge problem between the comics-prose and prose-only versions of the story - ultimately, it became hard to reconcile the two versions using the same text. I imagine in the future, the comics-prose and prose-only versions of the same story will HAVE to be copy-edited separately. Which is too much hassle, so I just won't bother (for now).

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Hi all! I was originally born in Hong Kong, and moved to Australia when I was 6 years old. My first published work was the three-book series "The Dreaming" in 2004 with publisher TOKYOPOP, and since then, I've worked with author Dean Koontz on graphic novel prequels to his series "Odd Thomas". The series became a NYT Best-seller, and afterwards, I worked on "Small Shen", a prequel to best-selling author Kylie Chan's "White Tiger" Chinese fantasy series.

I'm also author-artist of many books and short stories on my website. Right now, I'm working on a collection of 8 short ghost stories called "The Man with the Axe in his Back", which will be out on 1st August 2014 in both prose and comics-prose format.

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shiztupup Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
I saw the Odd Thomas movie hooping  the book is better.
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QueenieChan Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Oooh, that's not a good sign. >_<
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shiztupup Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
why ?
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QueenieChan Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
I was hoping the movie would be good...
But from what you said...
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frysfan Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi!

I just wanted you to know that I got done reading your Zelda comic/fanfic and I absolutely loved it! Keep up the great work!
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QueenieChan Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
Glad you enjoyed it! Check out my other stuff if you're interested! :)
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DJ-PorcelainStudios Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
Oh wow Queenie sensei!!!!

read your works and I was so inspired by your comics prose format!!! I even decided to do that format and LOVED it! As some one who can't do whole comic pages realizing this format existed saved me artistically! 

But I have one pressing question. How do you plan the layouts of the page and how do you write around it??

Thank you so MUCH for exposing me to comic-prose!
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QueenieChan Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
It's nice to hear from someone who wants to use that format! :D
I plan to do a series of posts explaining how to do comics-prose, but for now, I can help with telling you what software to use, and giving a few pointers on how to plan your page.

I use the program "Adobe InDesign C2" to layout my pages, and the font "Gentium Book Basic" at size 12 (you can download that font for free.) InDesign is very easy to use - you can shuffle images and blocks of prose around your page in the way you like.

As for planning out pages pages, sometimes I start by writing the full story in prose, then dividing them into chunks of 200 - 350 words each. I then look at each of these chunks of text, and look at what's happening in each chunk of them. Usually a few things is happening in each chunk of text, so I pick the one or two that are the most significant and turn it into comics/illustrations.

I then lay all of it out (proposed comics/illustrations and the text chunks) page by page in InDesign. I then re-read the whole thing, to make sure it makes sense before printing it out and drawing directly onto the paper.

It's a fiddly process, and it takes a lot of work. But for people who want to do visual story-telling but can't draw everything they want to, this is a good format. :D
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DJ-PorcelainStudios Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
Omg thank youuu. By te way where will you post your article on making comic prose and when might you post it? I am sooooo eager to read it
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QueenieChan Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well, I'm barely 1/4 of the way through the list of things I'm planning to post right now.

It's the fourth (and last) thing on this schedule of items here:
queeniechan.deviantart.com/jou…

At the rate of how I'm posting (every Monday), it could be a year before I get to the comics-prose stuff.
I'm sorry about it, but you may find the other stuff I'm posting now to be of interest to you. :D
Otherwise, you're welcome to go off and experiment on your own for a while. :D
Comics-prose is a form of illustrated prose - you can do typical illustrated prose too!
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