I've been writing this story in book form, but I believe it would better capture the emotion if it was serialized in comic form. In the first draft, Josh jumps off the bridge and then his story is retold to him from the love of his mother to what he missed and could have had in life. Keeping to that, the second draft waited to kill the character and I sort of didn't write much since I had all of these ideas for planning.
The second draft is really where I'll pick up on the story and continue it with the details I've written over time. I have the main plot points of the beginning, middle, and end for a book. Writing in a book style does give more to descriptions and details. I'll have to speed the story up for the comic form. The draft I had for the comic form had the first 20 pages in the same realm.
Amount Of Pages
I'll have to find a way to speed the story up, so the first 200 pages aren't in the beginning arc. It would be nice, so that the story could continue on until probably 800+ pages (which would be 40 chapters for manga form), but by then I'll probably become sick of the arcs and want to end it. 40 chapters in black and white would translate to around less than a year or 40 weeks. The pages will most likely be in color, so it would be 40 months or almost 4 years. The actual time would three a week or roughly 5 years.
The format I'll most likely be looking to is the graphic novel, which between 200 and 250 pages. However long it takes to do that format is up to how quickly I write the pages, find artists to draw the pages and piece each of the pages together. If I plan each of the graphic novels correctly, it should be possible to end the story in two graphic novels and see about continuing the story afterwards in a final third graphic novel that brings all of the details together.
The new style will cut away the transitions and try to move the story along quickly. Such as the first 20 pages included the transitions of the Lady Optimistic walking towards the main character. That would be cut out or only have one panel devoted to it. Most likely I will have just the character and the other character sitting at the bench instead. It should rid of a few pages of so.
I should also be creative when it comes to telling the story in a graphic form instead of having the characters sitting at a bench move on to the graphic interpretation of the story instead. To many words were going across in the second comic draft.
The Final Destination
The primary issue is finding how to continue after Josh dies. Do I want some magical elements where he becomes a reaper for lost souls? Like Beach? No, I don't want it to be like Beach or Death Note.
I decided that I should restart this project and write everything that I can. After I get the first draft done then I can think about the second draft and see about getting some help from different people when I'm done. The problem is that I need to have a lot of the stuff done before I ask for help. The only thing I need now is an editor to tell me what I should change and what I should keep and expand upon my ideas.
Editor: to correct any grammar mistakes I make, which I'll probably end up making a lot. It depends also on whether I write comic or book style. I'll make more grammar mistakes in the book than I would writing dialogue for a comic panel.
Artists: The more artists working on the project the more panels and therefore pages that can be finished. If I only have one artist, he or she will have other tasks, such as life to do and won't be able to devote as much time as I would like towards the project. If I have 2 or 3, then I can delegate different panels to each of them allowing more panels to be finished in a timely matter. If I have to wait on another artist, then I can move their panel to another artist for them to do, until they are ready.
I would depend on the motivation of the artists to complete both this project and Spirit Keeper and any money made would have to be split between all of us. That would probably lead to a large problem and a split of the team.
If the project is free then there won't be any major problems over the split of the money. However, once a graphic novel is finish and sent to be published, it will cause conflicts with the team.
I don't mind not making a lot of money from the project as I'm more excited about telling the story.
Any money received would have to be tracked, recorded, and given evenly to the rest of the contributors. I'll probably have to write out a legal document for them to sign detailing how the money would be given out for donations and money from t-shirts or published graphic novels.