Apart from sharing the "fresh" advice I wrote in my last post, I also gave a few of my opinions about the graphic novel. In a way, these opinions form my manifesto, a set of rules I've found myself following after reviewing the process I go through in developing my own comics work, as well as my thoughts on the graphic novel form. Some may be debatable, but I've taken these to heart.
- To me, a graphic novel is not just literature or fiction. It is not just visual art. It is also performance art.
- My graphic novels will contain stories. They will not be graphic essays, nor graphic commentary.
- My graphic novel stories will approximate, using its unique language, the scope and depth of a prose novel.
- My graphic novels will make the most of the image-text relationship. One will support, intensify, complement, or acknowledge the strength of the other as necessary.
- Because printed graphic novels are expensive, I will do my best to make my work (writing and art) worth the price.