How do you finish a graphic novel successfully?
One step at a time.
Around the time that I was working on Hostage, one of my earliest graphic novels, I wasn’t as experienced as I am now. I tried eating the whole elephant rather than eating it one bite at a time. I layouted the whole thing, sketched the whole thing, inked the whole thing, painted the whole thing, and colored the whole thing. At the end I felt like I had carpal tunnel syndrome. So this time I’m going to do it slowly, one step at a time. When I wrote Night Warriors, I broke it down into a prologue and three chapters. I decided this time to take the prologue to final art before moving on to Chapter 1. This way, I wouldn’t be working on one step of the process for months and months, as I did with Hostage. Also, I would have a nice sample to show to you folks reading this. Or maybe a publisher. Probably not, but I can dream, can’t I? 🙂