I started writing Columns of Creation around March 2019. I was going through a dark time in my life, when I thought I was going to lose everything I had worked for.
But in the midst of all that darkness, the Columns came to me. I wish I could say they came to me in a dream, it would sound more poetic. I was doodling at work, and I drew a guy who was on fire. That's how it started. And before I knew anything, I had drawn initial sketches of all the characters.
I had an idea. What if these guys felt as lost and as helpless as I did? What if, to fix that, they decided to go live on Earth? And so you see, the concept was born.
I made Fire and Wind proxies of me. Both representing 2 distinct sides of my character. Fire is an introvert. He's a dreamer, full of hopes and always wants to see the best in people. But he's stuck in his head. He's preoccupied with finding the meaning of life etc. instead of living in the present.
Wind is the opposite of him, in every way. He's arrogant and proud. Fulfilling his duty as a Column of Creation is more important to him than building bridges with his siblings or anyone else. He's very intelligent and driven by logic, even when compassion seems the best path. But he is a good person and when it comes down to it, he chooses righteousness over cruelty. I started creating thumbnails and planning the whole thing out, until I created the actual pages.
I drew the first 60ish pages of the comic, but I soon realized that drawing a comic is a titanic endeavor and I just wasn't willing to do it all by my lonesome. Here you can see how my team turned the original first 6 pages into a professional-looking, eye-poppin', heart-stoppin' true piece of art.
As far as the script is concerned, I think is important I show you what my scripts look like. There is a misconception within the industry that one must adhere to one and ONLY one script layout. Whoever told you that is either misinformed or is not your friend.
A Script can be written in as many ways as there are stars in the sky. You decide the format. The only thing you need to keep in mind is that you're not writing a screenplay nor are you writing the script for a movie or TV show. Keep it simple and succinct and remember that the only people who need to understand what you're writing are the people in your team!
So, without further adieu, here's a sample of the script:
Columns of Creation issue 3 script Page 1 Panel 1 Narration box 1: Time is a funny thing. As peaceful and established as it is fragile. Narration box 2: Change one thing and it ripples throughout the ages. Description: open space Panel 2 narration box: A long time ago, the Columns of Creation created a planet called Earth. Description: View of planet Earth from space Panel 3 The animals were the first to walk among the trees. Description: Draw whatever type of animals you like, in the wild (example I drew elephants in Africa) Panel 4 narration box: Then, mankind came to be. They discovered fire and hunted for survival. Description: draw the cavemen Page 2 Panel 1 narration box: And before long, great civilizations were formed and domains were expanded. Description: draw a great old civilization and highlight architectural accomplishments through form and size (Egypt/ Rome/England) Panel 2 narration box: They worshipped gods and countries, and they killed one another in their name. Description: draw the Crusades Panel 3 narration box: But they also created art and filled the libraries with stories that will roam forever in the hearts of the believers. Description: draw a library or someone reading or anything highlighting the power of stories Panel 4 narration box: Eventually they reached the peak of tranquillity. But peace is a strange thing; only as real as one wants it to be. Description: draw an instance showing how good we have it nowadays (example, kids using their smartphones etc) Page 3 (splash page) Narration box: Just outside of the Earth’s atmosphere, Fire of the Columns of Creation sits on a rock. All around him the empty, cold endlessness of things, as the deafening silence of loneliness entwines around his heart like a bush of thorns. Narration 2: He sits on a rock, and he observes. Description: As described above Page 4 Panel 1 narration box: He’s been observing for some time. Description: draw Fire sitting on rock, but with a closer camera angle. Panel 2 narration: wondering what it must be like… to BE them. Description: zoom even closer on to Fire Panel 3 Description: draw the planet reflected on Fire’s eyes/eye Panel 4 New York from above Panel 5 draw exterior of an American diner Panel 6 draw interior of a diner, with a man overweight sitting at a table in the foreground eating a hamburger and fries Page 5 Panel 1 narration: Inside a diner, a fat man eats. Description: now focus on the face of the man enjoying his hamburger, which is leaking with sauce all over. Panel 2 zoom on to fat man’s mouth, to highlight the sense of taste and enjoinment. narration: And Fire wishes he knew what taste tastes like. Panel 3 Description: draw Fire licking his lips Panel 4 description: Fire looks in a different direction on Earth narration: Just over the other side of the globe, a boy and a girl make love for the first time. Panel 5 Description: draw a REALISTICALLY attractive black guy in his teens, and a realistically attractive Caucasian girl looking at each other up closely and with lust (she has a nose ring) Panel 6 draw them kissing with tongue, but romantic, not graphic.
Page 6 Panel 1 draw Fire with an expression of surprise. Panel 2 description: show the young couple making love (again, romantic, not graphic); the girl should have stretch marks somewhere and the guy should be pretty hairy narration: Their bodies pulling and dancing, like snakes in a nest. Suddenly, Fire wishes he wasn’t looking. Panel 3 narration: But he just can’t help himself. Description: Fire tilts his head to the side trying to understand what he’s looking at. He looks very confused Panel 4 draw the girl reaching the orgasm (through expression and body language) Narration: He can feel the blazing fire of passion running wild inside of them. Panel 5 draw Fire visibly shocked. Fire: Oh?? Panel 6 narration: But let’s not linger any further. Description: Fire looks the other way, almost casually whistling.