Monday, August 3, 2009

Creative Thinking

Jeff here,
I have something on my mind and I was going to at first put it on the "other" sites. Torn Comics is on Twitter, Facebook we're on myspace and I thought even though I am not quite sure of the readership here on Torn, I though that this is where I should talk about what we are working on and how the process of creating good comic book content works (our way anyhow).

When we (Jenn, Bryce, Junior and myself) decided to create our own works and make them available to the public we started with separate graphic novels with there own subjects and never did the ideas mixed with each other (character A couldn't appear in book B for example). Why we started like that I do not know because what happened since is we would come up with a book like Junior Bruce's Cracker Ace (web comics soon to come by the way) and I had a book called Less than Evil, what we found is to put them in the same plane of existence IE. a universe. From that we thought about what else could be put in that little universe. We have since come up with a ton of characters and now have a full fledged universe like a Marvel or a DC. It just hit me that this scares the crap out of me. I've been a part of universe creation and I feel on an independent level any universe creation eventually looks lie and starts to look like one you've seen before.

What came to my mind since is something that put me at ease. Take DC for example, they started with one super hero and added another and another until the characters started crossing over and BAM! there is your universe. Well, we don't have the 50-60 plus years to establish that kind of depth. What I see what we are doing is more like the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, who made his universe and went in and told you about small character groups.

I think it is foolish to think that we can or even should even try to be a DC or a Marvel. That's not what I want us to be anyway. So in our universe, there are big heroes and big villains and we will touch on them, but we choose to follow the in my opinion more interesting characters. We have plans on release tales from the Torn Universe in the form of web comics. We should be presenting the first page of one of our stories next week and I hope you will read it like it and tell your friends about it. Hope to see all of you soon.

Editor, Torn Comics


  1. I say "Don't worry about it". The artwork and stories have their own unique look and feel. Just let it flow and I think you'll find that yours is a stand alone universe that is completely original.

  2. Yeah Jeff, you worry to damn much. ;P

  3. I'm not worrying, just thinking out loud.