Grant Alter - Struggling Comic Writer

Monday, August 14, 2006


I'm sure it's pretty common, but it still seems odd to me.
It seems that at different points in my life, a bulk of my stories tend to be easily groupable into a common theme.
For instance, when I first started writing comics, I wrote two books, The Core (which was a run-of-the-mill FBI book) and what would later be called Fractured. Both of these stories were, in essence, morality tales. I was very concerned with codes of ethics and the violation of said codes.
The Core, I was told, had no real hook and so it would likely go nowhere, but I played that particular story to its end just to do it. 3 issues later, I had my first comic script and I knew I could do it.
Fractured was actually my first real story idea, but I was toying with writing it as a novella (the original story may actually work better as a novella or film or whatnot), but it soon turned into a comic project. That particular story was really a morality tale. It was basically me asking what happens when someone kills for the good of society loses the justification that allows them to do their job.
Maybe it was interesting and maybe it wasn't. But one thing became clear and that was that in terms of a monthly book, it just wouldn't work. It was too slow and moody and, to be frank, you just didn't understand enough by the end of issue 1 to make you want to come back for more. The book ultimately evolved into a sci-fi action spectacular that held very little in common with the original idea, but was a lot more fun to read and draw. That book is sort of on an indefinite hiatus as of now, but that's beside the point.
Right now, my thing is survival. Stolen, a horror book I am working on, is essentially all about survival. There are morality themes and ones involving family as well, but what really fascinates me about it is the survival aspect.
And as I sat in a darkened theater watching The Descent (which was just okay), I decided to write a screenplay. I can't divulge any details other than it really ends up boiling down to survival as well. Right now, it seems that I am interested in stories where ordinary people do extraordinary things.
Does that make me unique amongst writers? Probably not. I imagine that most stories could be described that way, but that's where I am right now.
Next month, I could be interested in just about anything.
The best I can hope for is that I can manage to grab ahold of any idea worth pursuing and force myself to stick through to the end, no matter where my mind tries to run off and take me.
P.S. I've been working on the outline for the upcoming Hurricane Kids mini-series that may or may not be dropping sometime early next year, potentially from an up-and-coming publisher that just may have several really interesting projects set to drop before years end, and I am busting my butt to offer the most exciting, most fun, most jaw-droppingly awesome superhero comics this side of Lee and Kirby's Fantastic Four. Will I acheive my goals?
Tune in. I'm as interested to see as you are.


  • Looking forward to reading it all buddy. Right from the start, I knew you'd be successful!

    Keep on writing and creating!

    By Blogger Chad Kerychuk, at 11:16 PM  

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