An illustrator can be an extremely valuable collaborator, explains author, instructor, director, and screenwriter John Henry Davis. When he created his graphic novel Gog and Me with illustrator Carl Young, Davis relied on Young to help tell the story in visual terms. Young would suggest moving actions or combining certain elements so that Davis’s writing would be better conveyed visually. It was a humbling experience, Davis explains, because he would give great lines to the illustrator that were then cut to a couple of words, but paired with an illustration that Davis believes make the story better.
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