Comics & Narrative Non-Fiction
You're probably familiar with the publisher of Great Illustrated Classics. However, comics as a whole tends to be marginalized as tights-and-capes adventures at best or adolescent porn at worst.
A couple weeks ago, another comics aficionado presented me with the idea of illustrating concert reviews, interviews, non-fiction narratives and personal memoir. I jumped at the opportunity and began sketching out ideas immediately.
The biggest challenge for me was the limitation of the form. Illustrating a concert review requires a simple plot: I went, I saw, I reviewed. But will anyone read something that simple? I thought about adding a bit of narrative. In other words, tell a story about people who attend a concert; include brief backstory, dramatic tension, climax and conclusion.
Last weekend I began with two pages. The story was simple: my meeting with the other comic aficionado/publisher.
Backstory: artist has been trying to publish his comics for over ten years.
Tension: interviewer loves artist's work and desires some new samples.
Climax: artist feels intimidated by the task but accepts.
Conclusion: artist begins a new direction in creative communication--comics.