Here are a couple of panels from the web comic version of Scene Language – I drew this back in 2008. I’ve been thinking a lot about coming back to Scene Language, and with my upcoming move back to Michigan, I feel like that pull will get even stronger.
If there’s anything that I regret about Scene Language, it’s the series of what I consider to be false starts. Not long after this strip was drawn, we had our scooter accident and I fractured my elbow. I didn’t think I could keep up with a daily schedule anymore (SL was done 5 days a week then,) so took a hiatus while I worked through physical therapy, and then eventually I re-launched the series as a self-published longer form book. The art was tighter, and the story and dialogue was stronger than the first time around. I put out two books and got most of the way through the third, but never finished it up.
Like I said, I’ve been feeling the draw (haha) to come back to it for a while now… I have so much plot outline written, and massive back stories for all of the main characters. However, at this point, my art has continued to evolve and I’d likely want to change formats again… so that’d mean starting over again. I’m so eager to get past the initial stories and see the character interactions grow further, but I know that the story has to be told the right way, too. There’s also the cell phone problem:
When I first started writing Scene Language, it was 2003. People had cell phones, but they obviously weren’t as central to people’s lives as they are now. The characters in Scene Language are in their early 20’s and there are plots that just don’t make sense anymore. (Why wouldn’t Charlie just text Kate?)
The only solution I can figure out is to actually write Scene Language as a PERIOD PIECE, probably starting in 2001. This is somewhat daunting but not unappealing to me.
I’m not sure how soon I’ll be able to re-approach Scene Language, but this is probably the first step. I’ve got a lot to think about and a lot of decisions to make, but I really am eager to get back to it. I’ve missed it a lot. I also have to figure out how to balance it with PAPERCUTS & other responsibilities.
I admit that I’m afraid of this becoming another “false start,” but I don’t know what else I can do except accept the challenge. I guess Kate said it best in the panel above: “If it was easy, it wouldn’t count.”