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    Re: story meat

    All estimates:

    SCALPED#1: 8 beats in 20 pages
    CASANOVA#1: 11 beats in 28 pages.
    JL#1: 5 beats in 24 pages.

    …and the one's I've been looking at:

    American Flagg #1: 11 beats in 28 pages.
    Batman Year One #1: 8 beats in 22 pages.
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    Re: story meat

    The Beat to page count of FAME: 50Cent was pretty high, but most of them were sic, block-rockin or both.

    Sorry to interrupt, please continue with the discussion.

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    Re: story meat

    Quote Originally Posted by nickellis View Post
    There are breakdowns of average scenes per tv episode and per film, though I'd be a little reluctant to reduce it down to "x number of scenes = a good (or meaty) comic".

    (Mainly because, as has been pointed out, there are many ways to skin a cat, and a good comic can be just one scene, or fifty.)
    If there's an approach that's worked for you, let's hear it.

    I just picked that particular cat-skinning method because there has been talk about a reduction in page count on the monthly comics.
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    Re: story meat

    Are you using "beats" and "scenes" interchangeably here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelly Sue View Post
    Are you using "beats" and "scenes" interchangeably here?
    Yeah, for simplicity's sake. And any beat that was made up of a sequence of tiny scenes, I just counted as one.
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    Re: story meat

    How do you define "beat"?

    Coming from an actor's training, beats are smaller units than scenes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickellis View Post
    There are breakdowns of average scenes per tv episode and per film, though I'd be a little reluctant to reduce it down to "x number of scenes = a good (or meaty) comic".

    (Mainly because, as has been pointed out, there are many ways to skin a cat, and a good comic can be just one scene, or fifty.)

    All that given, maybe the trick is to reverse engineer the thing (as I've seen Mr Fraction describe doing) and count out the scenes in a comic.

    A suggestion: why don't we all break down a comic or two we bought recently into scenes and count them?

    I just looked through Avengers #19 and counted nine scene changes, over 20 pages.

    (I counted story beats as scene changes, rather than necessarily just a change in setting - so, for example, I counted the scene where they talk to Storm as a different scene to where Tony reveals Vision, because they dealt with different things.)

    Wonder Woman #3 has seven (or eleven, depending on if you count a scene broken up by intercutting as one whole or many parts) over 20 pages.

    Hellboy: House of the Living Dead seems to be 13 scenes over 49 pages, but it's 2:10am so my counting might be a little rusty.

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    Oh, hey--I missed this post entirely--I thought Tom just spontaneously started counting! If I get my page count in for the day, I'm going to play along. (Which means I better get to it, huh?)

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    Re: story meat

    Quote Originally Posted by Kelly Sue View Post
    How do you define "beat"?

    Coming from an actor's training, beats are smaller units than scenes.
    I define it as a loose top-down advance in plot. So, the Ruby Seychelle op at the beginning of Cass #1, I count that as one beat.

    Thanks for playing along, btw. I know this stuff can be a miasma to discuss.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelly Sue
    How do you define "beat"?

    Coming from an actor's training, beats are smaller units than scenes.
    I define beats as...oh never mind.

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    The best way to describe how I did it is probably 'chunk of story'.

    You're right KS, it's probably not 'beats' like in acting, but it's also not 'scenes' like in a film script, mainly because as opposed to a film script, I didn't think the setting made as much of a difference.

    To elaborate on the 'chunk of story' idea, I was thinking along the lines of how paragraphs work in an essay, in that each 'chunk' is about one thing. When a new thing happens, that's a new 'chunk'.

    It is a *very* imprecise science.

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