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Script Writing Resources – Comics

Postby Trey of Diamonds » Wed Oct 25, 2006 6:23 am

If you have thought of writing a comic book script or maybe taking one of your short stories and converting it to a script but just don’t have a clue where to start, let me offer a few tips. Comic book scripting is very similar to movie and television scripting but not as strict about formatting. But the language and general feel is the same.

One of the best format guidelines for comics is from Dark Horse Comics. It’s a very good reference for what publishers like to see from a submission.

http://images.darkhorse.com/darkhorse/d ... Guides.pdf

For script examples I recommend the books Panel One and Panel Two. They’re collections of scripts from industry leaders.

http://www.amazon.com/Panel-One-Comic-S ... F8&s=books

http://www.amazon.com/Panel-Two-Comic-S ... F8&s=books

For an excellent view on capturing the big picture I recommend Alan Moore’s Writing for Comics.

http://www.amazon.com/Alan-Moores-Writi ... F8&s=books

For a detail oriented look at scripting for a monthly series there is the DC Guide to Writing Comics. It has a great method for tracking multiple sub plots.

http://www.amazon.com/Dc-Comics-Guide-W ... F8&s=books

And finally, for an example of a script and the final product all in one book try Arkham Asylum, 15th Anniversary edition. It starts with the full graphic novel and then ends with a copy of the actual script and notes from the writer about the process. Note, only the anniversary edition has the script at the back.

http://www.amazon.com/Arkham-Asylum-15t ... F8&s=books

So, I hope some of you will decide to try this fascinating and enjoyable method of writing.
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Postby Poisonbabyfood » Thu Oct 26, 2006 2:22 pm

Have you read any good books on the subject? I read Come In Alone by Warren Ellis but that was more about comicx as an artform.
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Postby Trey of Diamonds » Thu Oct 26, 2006 3:14 pm

I think the best on the subject was Alan Moore's Writing for Comics, it really goes into the planning process and the building of a whole new universe. The DC book is good but it is more about the mechanics of the process.

Hope that helps.
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Postby Poisonbabyfood » Sat Oct 28, 2006 2:55 pm

I found this online resource:

http://members.shaw.ca/creatingcomics/writers.html

There's plenty of good stuff there to be had at a click's notice.
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Postby Trey of Diamonds » Sat Oct 28, 2006 10:25 pm

Thanks PBF, thats one to bookmark!

This one comes highly recommended to me. I haven't read it yet but it is next on my list.

Writing for Comics with Peter David
http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Comics-Pe ... F8&s=books
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Postby Iron Syndicate » Wed Nov 08, 2006 5:26 pm

I strongly recomend the "Writer's on Comic Scriptwriting" series.

Vol. 1 has interviews with writers such as Warren Ellis, Grant Morrison, Frank Miller, Mark Waid, Kurt Busiek, Neil Gaiman and many more.

And Vol. 2 spotlights writers such as Brian Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Geoff Johns, Mark Millar, Greg Rucka, Brian K. Vaughn, Bill Willingham and more.
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Postby Trey of Diamonds » Thu Nov 09, 2006 6:50 am

Hey everybody,

I have to beg forgiveness and patience. There are a lot of great scripts posted here, (I assume as I haven’t read them yet but I do know the writers so it is a safe assumption in my book), and I have yet to give a single crit. Never fear, it’s coming. But at the moment I have a software upgrade scheduled for this weekend on the day job, (and it is software that my team developed and tested so it is a bit more involved than just inserting a disk), and of course my night job with Visionary is going strong too, (not going to mention all the things my wife volunteered me for at church).

In other words, be patient and I promise to give these a read and comment as soon as I can. I will print them out and carry them with me so I can read them while stuck in Houston Traffic.

Take care everyone and thanks for posting,
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Postby DannoE » Thu Nov 09, 2006 8:31 am

My favorite book on the subject is Eisner's Comics and Sequential Art.

My theory is that you learn to tell a story, then learn about using sequential art as a medium, and then experiment to find your voice. but your mileage may vary.
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