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October 24, 2010

Writing with Post-it Notes 2

Filed under: Thoughts — M Kitchen @ 12:06 pm

While sitting here hammering out the dialog on Page 14 I thought I’d take a quick picture to post up to the blog journal. Then suddenly I was overwhelmed with a sense of deja-vu and sure enough, after a quick search, discovered I did in fact do one of these “Writing with Post-it Notes” things before. Last October in fact. My God, has it been that long. Interesting that the page shown on the drawing board last year is a page that was photographed nearly complete on the drawing board just a couple of days ago, along with the thumbnail drawing for Page 9 which was shown on the drawing board as well.

When writing these dialog heavy pages, I find it’s easy to become non-commital because there is so much that has to go on in the page and it’s easy to write so many words that there is no space left for the characters to be drawn. This makes it easy for one to freeze up and become non-productive. When this happens I am able to pull out the Post-it pad and just start letting the ideas flow, letting the characters improvise dialog on the page, and letting the writer jot down any important bits of information that absolutely needs to be communicated for story progression. Then the Post-it notes can be cut up and re-arranged, and next thing you know the words are on the page and arranged into something that works. Now it’s time to pencil them out directly on the S-172 Bainbridge and ink them!


  1. you hand letter, correct?

    Comment by David Branstetter — October 24, 2010 @ 9:22 pm

  2. I sure do. Back in the “Bootleg” days I had friends tell me I should go the computer lettering route, but I always found that it looked cold and mechanical, whereas hand lettering looked warm and organic and meshed with the artwork better. The way I see it, in a comic book the lettering IS a part of the artwork and should exist on the physical page. I’d also like to reach a point where my hand lettering is as solid as the stuff Dave Sim does, and it’s not going to get there unless I practice, a lot.

    Comment by M Kitchen — October 25, 2010 @ 8:39 am

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