| November 8, 2012

Yesterday marked the release of  EPIC KILL  #6, Raffaele Ienco’s Image Comics title of which I am the acting editor. If you bought it, you got yourself a kick-ass start to a new story arc, as Raff takes his heroine Song Takahashi to new heights in drama and action-packed adventure.

If you read all the way to the back cover however, you also got a great extra: the first installment of my new comic-writing column,  UNSCREWED PANELS.

UP is a step in another direction for me. Those of you who already read my  Points of Impact  column know that I like to pick apart a comic, digging into its inner workings to try and extract just how it runs in order to present you how you too can use the same tricks and devices in the comics  you  create. Essentially, it’s  reverse-engineering  applied to comics.

This time around, I’m doing the opposite: actual engineering – and a lot more literally than you think! UNSCREWED PANELS is all about approaching comics with the outlook of an engineer, treating fiction as a machine –  a story-telling machine!

Here’s a short excerpt to whet your appetite:

[ ] Engineers design machines whose function aims at solving a specific problem. Writers conceive fiction whose function serves to tell a specific story. Thus, writing fiction is the act of building a storytelling machine. In engineering as well as fiction, function will be the very cornerstone on which to build your entire endeavor.

Always keep function ahead of aesthetics in your mind. Indeed, if you reverse these priorities and first strive to create an object of beauty, it will lose its shine under scrutiny when the haphazard assembly of its parts appears to the critical eye. You’ll have built a beautiful, yet unusable machine.

However, if you focus instead on  function, beauty will naturally flow out of your work, since you’ll make sure that the machine first does its job — to tell a story — and the rest will come effortlessly through the sheer efficiency of its workings.

Hence, we’re going to reduce the art of writing fiction to a set of mechanics that aim to perform a  function, thus ensuring every essential part of this machine will easily appear to you in the drafting stages, thus stemming the need for a fickle muse.  Necessity  will be playing that role instead. […]

Like what  you’ve  just read? Then go down to your LCS and pick up EPIC KILL #6. It’s a fantastic comic and you’re getting one of the neatest extras on the market with it!

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Yannick Morin is a comic writer, editor and vivisector hailing from the frozen reaches of Quebec City. You've just caught him with all of his endeavors being drawn by artists right now. You will however soon see his work in IC Geek Publishing's JOURNEYMEN: A MASTER WORK anthology (summer 2012) as well as in ComixTribe's OXYMORON anthology (fall 2012). Of course he also has a few other projects on the side but it's all very hush-hush at this point as you can imagine. Apart from complaining about running out of time for writing, Yannick also acts as ComixTribe's Community Relations Manager, making sure the Tribe doesn't erupt into riots on the forum. For more of what spills out of his brain, have a look at his blog Decrypting the Scripting. You can also feed his ravenous ego by following him on Facebook and Twitter (@Moryannick).

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