I’ve spent most of the last two days devouring Strong Female Protagonist, and I’ve just run into that horrible wall of Up To Date, where I’ll only get two updates a week instead of once every thirty seconds. So unfair.

As a story, it reminds me of the web serial Worm – a deconstruction of the superhero genre, focusing on the ethics of being far stronger than the people around you with a massive side of shades-of-grey. I don’t really enjoy superhero stuff as a genre, but I’m a sucker for a good dissection of an idea!

Aside from it’s intended payload of philosophy, what SFP’s got me thinking about is writing. It sounds really stupid, but I guess I hadn’t realised before reading this (with the critical eye from having now made a few comics) how important plot is. I’m an artist first, when I read a comic I see it through the lens of it’s graphics.

I’m trying to word this in a way that doesn’t sound like I’m slagging off SFP’s art. It’s more that now I’m examining-rather-than-reading comics, the writing is something I couldn’t do, but the art (per-panel, at least) is something I could do. And it’s made me realise how much I’ve been neglecting the writing side of comics making. If I’m making them by myself, I need to be a writer at least as much as an illustrator.

How do I practice plot-writing? I guess the same way I practice art, by just doing it a ton. Lots of research too, I’ll try reverse-engineering some of my favourite comics.

I feel kinda stupid that I hadn’t really clocked that writing comics involves focus on, y’know, writing.