My second-to-last manga partner was an insanely talented girl, the only female partner I’ve ever had, as a matter of fact. (We even joked about calling ourselves CRAMP; if you’re a manga fan, you’ll understand why that’s funny.) One of the things I enjoyed most about working with her was that she challenged me to step outside of my box and write stories I never thought I would have an interest in writing. As someone who has a preference for darker stories, I didn’t think I had it in me to write something that didn’t involve the supernatural or at least one violent act. But because Nan was all about sweet and fluffy slice-of-life type stories, I agreed to write something that was more up her alley than my usual stuff. And that’s how Suspect was born. Well, that and a sadly short-lived BL magazine that went under before the series was able to be published in its entirety. In a nutshell, the story is about a college guy who is trying to determine the identity of the secret admirer who keeps leaving him roses and eye-gougingly sappy poetry and messages. While that’s going on, he’s also finding himself reluctantly attracted to the jock he’s been asked to tutor.
Not gonna lie—I threw up in my mouth back when I first started writing this, lol. But by the time the story came to an end, I was very happy with what we had created.
Below are some pre-lettered submission pages we did for BL Twist. Some of you who follow me on LiveJournal may remember seeing the final product years ago. They’re buried somewhere in my non-Emma Photobucket account now; one of these days I’ll dig them up and post them here.
The complete script for Chapter 1 can be read here. (Please let me know if you have any issues seeing it.) It should be pretty easy to follow even if you’ve never read a script before, but just in case:
CAPTION: Um, caption.
CHARACTER: Says stuff. (If they are listed twice, they’re still speaking but in a second and/or connecting word balloon.)
CHARACTER (OP): Off panel dialogue.
Italics: Character thought as opposed to regular caption.
That’s all for now!