|Top secret abstract|
from the concept sketchbook
It was actually exhilarating to work on Act 1 without the shackles of what is conventionally acceptable. Since I'm not seeking to fit in with any established publisher's way, there is just no need to worry about panel counts, word counts and glamorous panoramas. Clearly Frank Miller broke the mold and I'm going to follow his lead. He made a masterpiece out of the grotesque and elegant sides of the Batman ethos.
Re-writing Act 1—and the subsequent need to rewrite the other Acts—has really changed the story's presentation. It has allowed me to incorporate more detail, plot complexity and—contrary to popular belief—speed up the pacing ten-fold. Unfortunately, I haven't drawn anything since doing this. I just don't have the time. However, with a stronger script, drawing should come by much easier.