Here are some itty bitty little thumbnails. Sometimes I think the comic looks better at this stage. I'm just drawing my way through the story at the moment. On one hand, it's going really well. I was stuck at first because I wanted the pages to be perfect when I first drew them, and then I realized that this was a rough draft and I can fuck up as much as I want. It's still a little slow going, but at least it's going somewhere.
On the other hand, I'm getting more and more questions and problems, and not the good kind. I'm doing the concise version of the story, and because of that I'm losing a lot of things: character development, backstory, and concept stuff that the story itself might need. And the more I pare down the more I am losing the chance to bring up and help my reader comprehend real life examples. I wanted to include coral bleaching and how sunscreen is toxic to reefs and overfishing and rising acidity and I'm not going to be able to do that. My story is heading towards being more symbolic of the human/ocean relationship than a literal depiction of it. And I need to decide if that's the way I want my story to slide or not.
I really am liking my thumbnails though. This way of telling the story fits some of my other comics style, which is light on the words and heavy on insinuating things. It also means more time working on drawing and less on working on lettering. Lettering comics is definitely not my favorite.
I want to spend the next couple of days really going at these thumbnails hardcore and then seeing what I learn once I finish them. If I like it, I'll edit it and see if I can get the story to where I need it to be. If I don't, then it's back to square one.
I really don't want to go back to square one.