As I mentioned in my last post, in my younger days I did put a toe in the water drawing comics on as an amateur. Most of my efforts were pretty abysmal and unfit for any airing before being committed to the bin. I did however collaborate on a few occasions with aspiring writers and this was, I'm afraid, without fail, an exasperating experience. As you might imagine a certain degree of creative disagreement is always gonna arise with a collaborative project and for a few reasons this is especially true within an amateur context. One cause is that people are protective of their creative input, this plus the absence of a commercial imperative gives rise to unrealistic expectations and a lack discipline, I suppose what you could call an unprofessional attitude.
The major problem I encountered as an artist was inflexible scripts, writers would submit half a page of script repleat with all the trimmings, directions and descriptions and such like. The trouble was they had little appreciation of visual story telling, often these pages would have line after line of dialogue with nothing happening except the comic equivalent of noddy shots. So you'd have four pages of artwork dedicated to a conversation, between, two, in one room, great. You see what I mean by the absent commercial imperative? there's no way that could happen if you wanted to make money, you'd just run out paper and bore your customers rigid.
The other point, which is related, is that there's a problem when the guy doing the writing has no sense of economy, it's all very well describing a elaborate scene full of detail, it's something else to actually realize that scene on the page. So as an artist you could encounter huge demands on your skills with no input on how to realize a story more effectively visually, that's quite frustrating, especially when your collaborator is a bit naive. In film and television where there a whole creative team, the producer actually has to find the money to make the script happen on screen, so there a check to counter excessive demands in scripts.
That's it really, just a small warning to artists, who might encounter this post and are wanting to try their hand at a collaborative effort.