The Alcoholic | Jonathan Ames & Dean Haspiel | Talks at Google | Summary and Q&A

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Jonathan Ames and Dean Haspiel discuss their collaboration on the graphic novel "The Alcoholic" and their experience working together.

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Questions & Answers

Q: How far along does the narrative have to be developed before illustrating?

The narrative is usually finalized before illustrating begins, but there may be some changes or additions along the way. It is a collaborative process between the writer and illustrator.

Q: How much direction is given for each panel in the script?

The writer provides a description of each panel, including any specific details they want to convey. The illustrator may also have some freedom to interpret the script and make suggestions.

Q: Do you consider real-world timing when crafting words for each panel?

While real-world timing is considered, there is also room for exaggeration and storytelling in comics. It can sometimes be more about creating a specific rhythm or pacing within the panels.

Q: Are you planning to collaborate on another graphic novel?

Jonathan and Dean have discussed collaborating on another project in the future, but currently, they have other commitments. They continue to work together on various projects, including illustrating some of Jonathan's essays.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Jonathan Ames and Dean Haspiel talk about their collaboration on "The Alcoholic," a graphic novel about a character named Jonathan who struggles with addiction.

  • They discuss the process of creating the novel, from writing the script to Dean illustrating the panels.

  • The novel includes personal and embarrassing moments from Jonathan's life, which he draws upon for inspiration.

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