Last week the TVWriter™ minions were treated to an email announcing Shawn DePasquale’s new graphic novel, The Galaxy Girls. It’s a Kickstarter project but hang on a minute before you click away. Cuz it’s a good Kickstarter project, one that turned on all of us half-starved (for good material) TV writing noobs.
Shawn’s creation (illustrated in high style by Sherard Jackson) is an original graphic novel about two sisters attempting to mend their broken relationship as they race to retrieve their stolen ship, prevent a corrupt government from using a devastating weapon of mass destruction, and save the universe from annihilation.
We found the sample we saw to be well-written, well-illustrated, and exciting. Absolutely top-notch pro stuff all around. So we got in touch with Shawn to ask him what he saw as the novel’s main value to new TV and film writers as opposed to, you know, “just readers.” Cuz we wanted a compelling reason to not just get behind it ourselves but to ask TVWriter™’s awesome peeps to do so as well.
Here’s his response:
“One of the most useful tools in the aspiring TV writers arsenal is a body of past work. Pilots, specs, all that is great, but it doesn’t end there. If you can walk into an interview with published work, something tangible to hand out, you’re sharing (aside from your ability to follow a project through to completion) a physical representation of your storytelling ability. Comics, like TV, are a visual medium; a finished comic book or graphic novel serve as an alternative way to show off your talent as a creator. That’s why I feel confident turning to fellow TV writers to help achieve my goal, not only will your support help a fellow creator expose their story to the world, but perhaps you’ll find motivation to create your own.”
We admit it: We’re suckers for the “perhaps you’ll find motivation to create our own” work of art, whether it be a TV series, a film, a novel, a comic book, a song…whatever. So Shawn’s got us, and we’re asking y’all to click on over HERE to see if you want to jump on the bandwagon as well.
Oh, and while we’re at it, if you have a Kickstarter or Indie-go-go or whatever thing going on, let us know…so we can let the public in to help you. Making it as a creative isn’t about doing it alone anymore. It’s about being part of a greater community dedicated to entertainment and self-expression.