Comic books remain a mystery to the general public. Lets face it. Understanding the relationship between the words and pictures, and how the art elevates the story, isnt a code immediately cracked for a writer new to the medium. How can the answer be improved? A plethora of resources both online and offline will teach you exactly how to write a screenplay but good luck trying to learn how to write a comic book script. Though comic writers who work for the big publishers typically format their comic book scripts similarly to screenplays, there is still no official industry standard.
If there is a single book you buy in your attempt to begin writing comics, this is the book. If youre looking for a little more guidance, Ive found Alan Moores Writing For Comics is a great resource about the writing side of comics, and Jessica Abel and Matt Maddens Mastering Comics, a sequel of sorts to their popular Drawing Words& Pictures is Write your own comic book script.
Writing a script for a comic is different than writing a novel. To write comics is a form of visual storytelling, not unlike motion pictures. Your script can be written any way you like, as long as the person drawing it Some of the great comics creators Dan Clowes (Ghost World), Robert Crumb (Fritz the Cat) and Chris Ware (Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid On Earth) write and draw their comics, allowing for a meticulously faithful rendering of their visions.
But that can be a lonely path to walk, and part of the magic of comics can come from the collaboration Not only did I connect all the episodes together in a grand story arc, but I also made sure that each episode delivered a comedic element (since the comic was primarily a comedy).
It was vital for me to make each episode funny in and of itself. The characters of your story. Like any other narrative story, comic book writing needs a branch of characters to be prepared.
It is necessary, since they will build the story line. The dialogues are the main part of the comic; therefore, the Oct 22, 2006 Sketch your characters or character ideas. Since comic book characters are very much defined by how they look, making a few quick sketches is a great way to inspire yourself to create a unique character and might even give you plot ideas.
A part of the story when writing a comic of any kind includes the location and the timeframe. These two factors can limit your scope and keep you focused as you ride through the plot and any problems that your characters involve.