As some of my regular followers already know, I’ve created three acts of Romeo and Juliet in stop motion, but the fourth and fifth acts have not yet been completed. (My shortened version didn’t do well on YouTube, so I removed it.)
And many of you know that I’m both a school librarian and a writer. As such, I’m aware that schoolteachers all over the world are seeking digital resources to share with their students, but most English teachers are completely unaware that I have these videos available for free on my YouTube channel, ChellyWood1.
So I’ve decided to re-create my Romeo and Juliet production as a digital graphic novel and offer it for sale on my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Doing so will help generate funds for this website to keep running, and it will also offer a reasonably-priced text of a literary classic for teachers who are working from home during the pandemic.
But I could use your help, my faithful followers! Which of these images do you like best? Which one is most appealing? The first image (at the top of this page) adapts the photo of Romeo and Juliet using Comic Life’s Smooth Style.
The second (just below) uses Retro Scope style, to imitate the old-fashioned comic book look.
The third image (right below this sentence) uses Paint2 style.
Of course I’m having to alter these images because my Romeo and Juliet photos and video clips feature so many different dolls from different companies, that I’d have to get permission to use these trademark product images from about 8 or 9 different doll companies (which is virtually impossible).
So instead, I’m going to alter the images using Comic Life digital tools, to really make them unique in an artistic sense. That should make it legal for me to use my photos — as long as the images themselves are not recognizable as trademarked toys.
And then I’ll sell the final graphic novel as an eBook in my Teachers Pay Teachers store, so teachers can use it as an educational tool in their digital classrooms.
Please vote on which style looks most appealing, using the Polldaddy tool at the bottom of today’s blog post. I look forward to seeing your opinions!