Looking back on this semester, I am proud of where I am with my project and think I have set a good foundation for the Spring semester. Akin and I have been working together on a consistent schedule, so I think that by the end of winter break, all of my pages will be penciled and inked. Next semester will be designated to lettering, coloring, and printing my comic book. However, speaking of coloring, I am now toying with the idea of having my comic stay black and white. A couple weeks ago while I was working at my comic shop, an independent comic creator came in to give us a few copies of his comic to sell on our shelves. I figured this was a perfect time to ask him a few questions. He ended up giving me info on where he printed his comic and told me about a program that he used to letter his book that comes preloaded with comic fonts. When he let me look through his comic, I saw that the panels were black and white. I mentioned how I wanted my comic to be colored, and he gave the rundown of the standard printing costs for a colored comic book. He suggested that I should think about printing my comic in black and white because it is cheaper and is practical for someone on a budget. I have not made a decision yet, but it is something to keep in mind. If I do end up deciding to go black and white I can always print a colored version of my comic later down the line, which is what The Walking Dead comics are doing right now.
Ideally, after I graduate, I’ll be selling copies of Dichotomy at my comic shop, as well as another comic shop that I go to on 2nd and Market in Philly. If enough people like it, I would love to expand the story further in future comics and create a whole self-contained universe. At some point, I also want to pitch this comic to a publisher and see if they want to pick it up. Coincidentally, there is a publisher called Dynamite and its headquarters are right in my hometown. Eventually, I would love to write for Marvel or DC and become an established writer in the comic book world. Hell, if fortune is in my favor, maybe I’ll start my own publishing company. Finally, I would love to adapt Dichotomy into a film, which connects to another goal of mine: become a writer in the writer’s room for film and television. Basically, my hope is that Dichotomy becomes the catalyst that starts opening up all sorts of doors for me in the world of media and storytelling.
These may sound like lofty goals, but prior to this semester I considered creating a comic book to be a lofty goal, and now I am well on my way to doing just that.