by, May 6th, 2010 at 05:11 AM (542 Views)
I know this happens to writers, I've heard several talented people bemoan just such a situation but I was never really sympathetic because it hadn't happened to me. Now it has.
For the last ten days solid I've been writing script for a webcomic idea that's got me by the short and curlies. I've poured in more of myself than I would like and come to really enjoy writing the protagonist, to the point where I'm madly laughing at some of the dialogue I've written (I know, right)
Anyway the base for the whole story is a single idea, that I didn't expect to be new, but I thought was rare enough that it would seem fresh should I manage to attract an artist willing to work on it. Between looking for an artist on various sites yesterday I surfed to a few of my favourite writers websites.
Right there on Warren Ellis's site was a small post with link about this wonderful one-panel a week story by one of the most talented, but slow, artists of recent times, Travis Charest. I mean it's a gorgeous piece of art and so I start reading. Just before the very last update of the story I get this sinking feeling and sure enough BANG. The last panel shows exactly the same idea I'd been basing my story on, except it's drawn by a stupidly talented artist.
Now I am stuck, in my head, with the 'Oh you borrowed from Charest' voice. Sure I can still write it but damned if all the excitement hasn't bled out.