Sometimes ideas just come to Vachel Shannon - such as the idea of an amnesiac murderer.
Shannon, of Williamsport, is working with Justin Gleghorn to make a comic book about a man who suffered a traumatic experience and does not remember killing people.
"Sometimes I just come up with short concepts," Shannon said. "Amnesiac murderer? What can I do with that?"
Serving as the co-plotter and illustrator of the comic, Shannon has started sketching a concept for the cover depicting the murderer, who only goes after "bad guys" such as rapists, pedophiles and thieves. A detective in the story must decide if the murderer is worth taking off the street since he is ridding the area of crime.
"This is the first story that I sat down and (have) written with somebody," he said.
While he never before has drawn for a comic book, he said he grew up with a love of them.
For now, he is bouncing off ideas with Gleghorn once a week, as the latter writes out the story, filling in the gaps of their ideas.
Shannon came up with the idea two weeks ago and hopes that within two months, it will be finished.
"That might be pushing it," he said. "It might be a little longer."
Shannon works full-time in the meat department at Wegmans, but he said he hopes to devote four hours a day to drawing once the story is written.
He does not plan for the comic book to develop into a series. Instead, he said it will have a beginning, a middle and an end like a graphic novel that can be told in two or three comic books.