mattjustmatt asked: If you don't mind me asking, how did you start writing GRG? Was it just a.... let's go, let's do this, moment? How did you decide how you would script it? I feel like I'm placing roadblocks on the way to getting something done because there's so many unknowns.
Initially, yeah. You need to declare that moment to get the ball rolling.
Once I declared “Okay, I and whoever else are doing this”, it took about a year’s worth of pre-production between that decision and posting the first page. Research, brainstorming, artist recruitment, etc. Would’ve taken less time if Life didn’t get in the way, but either way the pre-production stage will and does take time.
It’s best to have a (loose) launch date in mind. I knew I wanted 2012 to be the Year of the Gorilla, so I made sure the site was launched before January 1. Sarah and I barely made the deadline, getting things done right in the middle of Christmas vacation, but dammit we did it.
I admit to playing GRG very fast and loose. (Art imitates Life.) I normally prefer having things as pre-planned as possible, but between working with others and Life you can only do so much. If you’re setting yourself for a weekly update, all you can do is make sure it gets out on that day. (And if it doesn’t, well, take a salt tablet and get it out when you can. The only people who will complain are those who you’d rather not please anyway.)
Furthermore, I admit that my writing productivity is incredibly erratic. Sometimes I write half an issue out in one wondrous burst, other times (like with this upcoming page), I cobble something together just before Kelsey’s On Time deadline. I won’t defend it, and I certainly don’t endorse it. Brian Michael Bendis champions the idea of writing something every day, but I don’t have the capacity to do that. Not yet, at least.
There will always be roadblocks, no matter how fortified you think your ride is. Push through them, pay no mind to the dents and scratches, and take care of the flat tires when they happen.