Creating Comics: Afterlife Inc. Creator Jon Lock readies his “Comic Writer’s Journal” for crowdfunder

Afterlife Inc. creator Jon Lock has developed a great looking aid for comic writers to support their creative endeavours, and will launch a crowdfunding campaign to bring it to life later this month.

The Comic Writer’s Journal, a customisable journal designed to help comic writers of all skill levels, from beginner to industry professional, bring their stories to life, is coming to Kickstarter on Tuesday 28th March.

Created by a writer, for writers, the Comic Writer’s Journal draws on Jon’s 10 year-plus experience of creating comics to provide a simple, effective method for telling amazing, well-structured stories.

“There is no right way to write a comic,” says Jon. “Whatever your method – or whatever you’re thinking of doing if you’re just starting out – all that matters is that it works for you. If you’re looking for guidance, however, or just to build upon your existing process, the Comic Writer’s Journal may be of use.”

The Comic Writer’s Journal provides a simple framework for bringing your story to life. It’s designed to help you plan and organise your comic before even starting the script, leaving you free to focus purely on storytelling.

Through the use of customisable templates and examples, the Comic Writer’s Journal will guide you through the process of completing a summary, overview and page plan of your comic – ensuring that you always know exactly what’s happening on each page, regardless of length.

Additional templates allow you to plan out panels and scenes, or keep track of characters as they come and go, while a notebook section provides plenty of space to bring your ideas to life.

Jon Lock is a writer, editor and designer from Cheltenham, the creator of Afterlife Inc., one of the most acclaimed independent titles of the British comics industry. He’s also the co-founder of Big Punch Studios, the team behind the hit card game, Sandwich Masters.

Alongside his work in comics, Jon is a writer for numerous video games, including the upcoming Toxic Crusaders from Retroware, based on the long-running Toxic Avenger franchise from Troma Entertainment; Spectacular Sparky for Nicalis; and The Lego Batman Movie browser game from Lego and Mind Orchard.

“The Comic Writer’s Journal provides a wonderful structure for bringing order to even the most chaotic writer’s thought process,” enthuses Andy Conduit-Turner, creator of The Other Stories for Horde Comics, an early “tester” of Jon’s creation.

“This journal is something I wish I’d had when I was starting out making comics,” says Joe Glass, creator of The Pride and Young Men in Love. “It really helps to bring order to your ideas.”

“It’s a fantastic and welcome addition to the comic writer’s toolbox,” agrees Fraser Campbell, creator of Alex Automatic and IND-XED.

• The Comic Writer’s Journal launches on Kickstarter on Tuesday 28th March, at 10.00am (UK time) | Sign up here on Kickstarter to be alerted to the campaign launch

• The Comic Writer’s Journal is available for £10 plus shipping. Additionally, backers who pledge within the first 24 hours will receive a 50% discount on shipping

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