New Comic Layouts Done

Posted by Dash Shaw on October 13

I finished editing the layouts for the new book I’m working on. I started working on this comic last year, simultaneously with the animation, but after going to the Sundance Screenwriters Lab (for The Ruined Cast) I decided to scratch what I’d done on the comic and script it all out- like a comic script, all words, and then from that I did the layouts in sketchbooks. 

This is the first long book I’ve completely laid out and scripted beforehand. Usually I’d start with an outline or piece together and rearrange separate scenes, but I’ve tried a lot of different ways, and I’ve written scripts for shorter comics before.

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  1. Brett Harder says:

    Whaaaaaa? Holy shit your productivity is crazy dude, I like that. Is this new book going to be another 300+ pager? And would you mind sharing a little info on the project or maybe posting a layout page? Thanks!

  2. Dash Shaw says:

    Thanks. Yeah, right now it’s 360 dense pages. Every two pages of the sketchbook layouts= one eventual finished page. I was gonna post layouts but chickened out at the last minute and just posted this photo instead. That was lame of me. I just didn’t want to get self-conscious about it while I’m in the middle of working on the thing. Maybe I’ll come around to it later and post more specific stuff. Thanks for your interest.

  3. Blake Sims says:

    Whoa! Very nice, looking forward to hearing more about it!

This is a shared production blog for the forthcoming animated feature, "The Ruined Cast," written and directed by Dash Shaw. Produced by John Cameron Mitchell, Howard Gertler, and Biljana Labovic. Contributing artists are Jane Samborski, Frank Santoro, Lily Benson and Ray Sohn. Music by James Lucido.