alice's blog

I never get over what a strange process writing can be. It's different every time, and very different depending on the medium. My strengths in webcomic writing don't necessarily translate to being my strengths in novel-writing, and vice-versa.

When writing series like Footloose or Cherry, Em and I get together and work out the direction of the plot and the story arcs (often over a rather large amount of gin). Then I go away and write the individual chapters, before batting it back to Em, who draws the pages, tweaks dialogue or timing as necessary, and comes up with the final, finished product.

Maybe it's the collaborative nature of the stories, but plotting comics has always felt easier than plotting novels, even though a comic series is a much longer-running and more sustained story. While writing my latest novel (which is all about teen Norse gods), I knew that something was wrong, but couldn't work out what. After reading John Yorke's Into the Woods, I realised that the plot was good at the beginning and the end, but sagged in the middle, like a washing line with too many clothes. I needed a good, strong midpoint, but instead, my story was getting lost.

Maybe the shorter a story is, the harder it is to plot – at least for me. I find short stories even more difficult, and usually I'm only any good at them when I stick to one specific scene.

Writing is weird, and frustrating, and what works for one story won't work for another. And, in its own odd way, that's what makes it so much fun.

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emily's blog

We are on Christmas Hiatus. Long term fans will know already that we don't post updates during December, but to all our new readers- this is the month where we catch our breath, make sure our scripts are looking neat, work on the buffers and the site, and have a little holiday. We hope you've enjoyed The new comic this year, but if you're starving for some comics from us, take a dive through the Archive, or consider buying yourself a little gift of one of our paperback books! Or if you craaaaave new comics, have a click on the Spiderforest tab up top, and consider some of our excellent network spiderfriends!

Christmas commissions are closed! You can still look at all my nice work on Deviantart or Facebook but i will be accepting offers of work again in January

Planned Conventions for this 2017:
OxCon April 22/23 CONFIRMED
MCM Manchester TBC
MCM London October TBC
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