The creative talent here blows me away. Hopefully, what I’m looking for will resonate with some of you.
I’m looking for a writer or two (and illustrators, etc.) to help me create two original comic books as Christmas gifts for my kids this year. I’m shooting for a unique, once-in-a-lifetime gift.
I will be paying for all the work. My budget doesn’t compare to the rates paid by established publishers, but I’m not trying to cajole anyone into doing this “for the experience.”
Here’s the overview:
I have a son who is 16 and a daughter, 14. They are fans of both the Marvel and DC universes, but I feel they would picture themselves residing more in the DC one. They both attend a boarding school during the school year.
I’d like each comic book to portray them as they are in their normal environment, with their daily activities and their friends. Each story should then have a crisis or threat which requires them to manifest their superhero alter egos, and then maybe a final panel or two where they are back to their normal selves and mundane activities.
It’s important that they, their friends, and their environment are very recognizable. I want the non-superhero parts to be realistic and believable. I want my kids and their friends to have the, “Hey, I’m in comic book!” effect. This probably affects the art more than the writing, but the story needs to take this into account.
I have only some loose possibilities for the nature of the conflicts in the stories. The threats can be more fantastic; those parts of the stories can take the heroes further afield. It might be the kind of thing that the normal people in their lives are oblivious to. Perhaps each of my kids has one friend who is in on their secret identity or is also part of the superhero team.
I’d like the stories to be mostly independent, either two totally unrelated threats, or two distant sides of the same threat. But I do want each of the kids to have a short appearance in the other’s book. It’s an open question whether each kid knows the other is a superhero also. I don’t know whether I should be working with a single writer or two writers, and welcome opinions.
I’m going to have these printed, and I want the result to feel like a comic book. Balancing possible cost and length, something like 12 pages each might be a reasonable compromise. Thoughts?
I am not a storyteller, so I’m going to have to lean on my writer(s) to supply plot, tension, characterization, etc. It’s the kind of thing I’ll be able to judge when I read it, but I won’t be able to direct someone who doesn’t already know how to write comic fiction. What I can supply, however, are plenty of details about the people, their lives, and their environment. I’ll provide lots of pictures, class schedules, place names, etc.
Please feel free to comment or ask questions. If you’re interested in the project, please send me an email with the following:
- A sentence or two about how you think you might approach the story;
- Your thought on whether this is better with one writer or two;
- How much you’d charge;
- Your availability.
I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org