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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: JMS: Episodic storytelling
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 2/11/2003 12:40:00 AM  

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>It occurs to me that in some ways you're trying to learn to tell your stories
>in the fewest possible words. From writing novels (250-350 pages), to plays
>(?
>pages) through TV episodes and Movies (50-100 pages) and audio dramas (?
>pages), you're now writing a fair number of comics with only 22 pages, though
>I
>know that the scripts are more with your panel descriptions.
>
>I'm just wondering if this is a progression you've been doing deliberately,
>to
>find the perfect balance of verbal and visual maybe, or just how things
>happened? Maybe your background as a journalist is telling ("specificity is
>your friend")? Or should I start working on getting telepathic so you can
>just
>p'think your stories this way?
>

I think (p'think?) it's just the way things have laid out lately. In truth
it's very difficult for me to tell a short story; with me, everything's a long
russian novel. Even with the comics being 22 pages each, they are still part
of a larger story or arc, and the RS and Midnight Nation stories were/are both
just plain big for a form that usually measures arcs in 3-6 issues.

Just long-winded, I guess.
jms

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