The collaboration between Kev (artist) and Dave (writer) has always been an amicable one, which is what you’d hope for between two long-standing friends.  There has never arisen a pistols-at-dawn moment of disagreement.  Perhaps there should have been.  Perhaps it’s an indictment of our creative seriousness that we’ve always gotten along.  Maybe.  Who knows?  Anyway, that’s how it’s been.

So what’s our routine?

In the initial stage of getting together ideas for part 1 and part 2, Dave came up with a few suggestions for discussion and Kev added a few more.  Dave then shaped these ideas into something that had the potential to produce a coherent storyline. When we were both happy with the broad narrative thrust, Dave would go away and start to produce the scripts. There’s an understanding that once we’ve agreed the direction of travel we’re each in charge of our own domain: Dave won’t tell Kev what to draw and Kev won’t tell Dave what dialogue to write, although that doesn’t mean we won’t continue to make suggestions or give advice.  Dave’s scripts do include scene directions and descriptions but these are really only to give Kev a starting point.  He’s free to use, modify or ignore as takes his fancy.  Unfortunately for Kev, Dave has no idea when he produces a script how difficult or time-consuming it will be to produce.  Scene directions which might take Dave a couple of minutes to jot down might require countless hours to execute.  A memorable example was when the script requested a Palace of Versaille garden party based on a fish theme and with all the servants dressed in fish costumes.  Fortunately, Kev likes a challenge!

‘The Prologue’, and chapters 1 and 2 of ‘Casanova in Paris: The Shadows of the King’ are now freely available here.

6 long form articles on Casanova’s life and times are freely available here.

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