Version #48 of book in progress up

How To Say Everything version #48 is up in PDF form for those reading and keeping watch. Significant changes/edits to the Poetry section, the linefield section, and to many of the exercises in back. Go to http://www.howtosayeverything.net for instructions on downloading the PDF.


Chapter 2 begins on Act-I-Vate

New Banks Act-I-Vate Pages Here

Two blog postings about this update. One trying to sketch some crazy new characters for this new chapter/section: HERE

This section is the first in what I was hoping would be alternating formally unique sections. I wrote my friend Matt Madden about this concept. He replied and those postings are HERE.


Barney Banks: Extra Life! on Act-I-Vate

The Barney Banks book documented here on this blog is now up and running and 10 pages to date at the ACT-I-VATE site here: http://www.activatecomix.com/87-1-1.comic

You can read, in a How To Say Everything way, all about those 10 pages below.


Following Page 8 and 9 inks

Having now inked page 8 and page 9, (page 7 will be just display text: 2 words: "IT'S OK."),so much is changing:

-maybe this will be a short piece (it was originally designed to be large- large enough to envelope as large a middle section as I wanted. In other words, a comic-strip. A set-up, an indefinite middle, an ending. But now, I'm thinking the arc will be it and it will be over. (THE STORY... more soon.)
-all the kids are in outfits- AVaTaRS?
-the giant hippo in the stream

I'm also digging up old notes, and digging them, so to speak:

-there's an old train wreck or wrecked train car around.

-an old dream where I am crawling around on my belly in a forest. it's about power. this is the most powerful way to move. I get all my food that low to the ground. This dream was powerful, I want to experience drawing it. Find a way to incorporate.
- banks' talking: I just want something to happen! I played by the rule, I expected a reward...
-banks toasting youth- they toast back making video game noises.
-”I should get drunk more often. the kids like me more when I drink”

It's time to talk STORYCLOCK. Despite appearances, I haven't been avoiding this.

BANKS: original, ordinary world: he's a loser, fast-food restaurant managing, play by the “rules” but afraid to act kind of older guy. With epilepsy. He finds himself (HE FLIES- the 1:00, the CALL TO ADVENTURE) in a campground with a bunch of kids. The new world- kids world, video games, avatars, dumb jokes. ALSO: This forest. Is it video game land? mushrooms, coins, hippos, weird machinery. But he wants LODI. She's the cute wreck of a girl who talks to him sometimes. He wants to be loved. He follows her as she follows other things... He wrecks himself trying to get near her (we're in 4, 5 o clock on the story clock.)

I figured a key moment would be Banks dressing up in a bear outfit, for their big party. He looks like a dork, everyone laughs.

Another key moment. Banks has a seizure. Now is revealed as an epileptic. The kids love this, he's a shaman, man! He tries to take advantage.

Now- the 6:00, I wrote a bunch of possibilities on a sheet:
-Lodi is his daughter?
-Banks kills a man for her?
-Police come and arrest him for we don't know what?
-Lodi is found dead?
-The boyfriend kicks his ass?
-Her parents rescue her as s runaway? ***
-She kisses him drunkenly? (Then the boyfriend kicks his ass!)?
-The beach explodes? (I don't even know what that means...)
-He gets a call from the future. Or is it the kids, torturing her?
-He finds a dead body?
-He has a dying relative at home. Is angry?
-His daughter finds him?

It's bad to not know the ending or at least have some ideas, but with a sense of structure, you can know what will lead to an ending. Right now, I don't know, but many of these could word. I know the ending I have in mind is vague, poetic, and brings back a motif. He has what seems to be a seizure. Cut the tape. But that cutting has to mean something, has to hinge on something substantial. From the list above, from unseen themes and motifs yet, etc.

Ok, back to work...

Following New Banks Book - Page 5 and 6 inks

Ok, here are the inks for page 5 and page 6 here. The larger version will appear elsewhere soon. About to sit down and draw page 8, here's where I'm at:

Ideas are coming and going. A new idea: the whole thing is three parts: part 1 is Banks walking around. part 2 is Banks in a ditch. Part 3 is Banks as a ghost. Don't know how to pull of part 2. Obsessed with ghosts and hauntings lately.

More importantly. What the hell is going to happen? This used to have lots of characters, lots of adult characters in the plan. The only thing I'm certain of is two character on page 8 are introduced. Then what?

I really don't know. Here's some options in my notes, in my idea logs and cards:
-kids are always twittering
-there's a hippo in the stream
-burning man is coming up
-there are conversations to be had
-the girl, lodi, works in a bar or cafe at the campground or something
-and lastly: each episode, meaning scene, needs to be a certain different narrative style. What will be next?
to these I have no confirmed answers or ideas.

Following New Banks Book - Page 4 inks

This is page 4 inked.
Page 3 is a title page, see the sketches earlier.

My main concern here is that the "flying" sequence will be much too small, because I will get bored. My sketches already showing it as just one big panel following this one, then a few shots of trees then it's over. Will this work, or in order to get across the feeling of flying, will I need a longer sequence?

Nadia Sahmi: We shall see.

Following New Banks Book - Page 1 and 2 inks

Page 1 and page 2 inked here. Panel 3 went through a lot of permutations: I am the wind, I am gigantic, made of iron will and sod. None of which led well to what I know the next moment to be: Banks lifting off the ground. Panel 2 surprised me by looking nice. Panel 1: Wasn't sure if the visual ideas (sketchiness- loose approximations of background elements) was going to work, but I think I like it so far; we'll see if it holds up. I don't want to be ruined by the combination of my infatuation with Joann Sfar and my own limited drawing talents.

Have to go take out the balloon on page 1, and see if the narrative text floats well on its own like it does on this page.

As my good friend Nadia says with frequency: We shall see.


From Peter Brook's The Empty Space

From Peter Brook's The Empty Space: page 52: "Merce Cunningham ... has evolved a ballet company whose daily exercises are a continual preparation for the shock of freedom."


Quentin Tarantino on Tavis Smiley

Quentin Tarantino on Tavis Smiley this weekend:

"I try to tell my story and try to be as personal as I can, but as opposed to writing autobiographical things, I can hide inside a genre... I'm being very personal. I get to hide in plain sight."

and "That's what a writer does. You write all types of characters. It should be an investigation into other people's humanity... You should have a curiosity of other people's plights."

Here's the whole interview: http://www.tavissmileyradio.com/guests09/082809/QuentinTarantino.html

Listen also to how his characters write themselves, and his description of Elmore Leonard's writing as well.

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