Comic page layout

Yes, After Two Years I’m Finally Resuming My Graphic Novel

Several decades back in 2018, I started work on a webcomic anthology of surreal stories set along the murky shores of my hometown of Southend-on-Sea. A persistent tendon injury and 18 months of moving drama meant that I had to put the whole thing on hold, but I’ve finally been able to book a week off work and resume the project, which is now a larger and more cohesive graphic novel called Sarfend. This will probably take up most of my creative time for the next few years, so the second prose novel is on hiatus for now.

Comic page layout

The image above shows how I’ve been keeping track of all the different narrative components, in order to refine the script and superficial elements. Each story has a different layout grid, with the grey pages resembling the frame narrative that holds the whole damn thing together. 

Yes, I am a lunatic, thanks for asking.

I’ve finished around 30 of Sarfend’s 94 pages so far, and will be sharing as soon as the first few pages are complete (I’ve so far worked on it in a rather non-linear fashion), alongside new promotional images and a logo.

Carl Doherty has written about movies, video games, comic books and literature for almost a decade, forging ill-informed critiques for numerous websites, blogs and publications that no one has ever heard of. His debut novel, the epic fantasy comedy Welcome to The Fold, is available now on Kindle here (UK) and here (US).

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