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Right, here we go, the big one. Whenever I talk to other writers about comic book writing all they ever ask me about is how to structure a comic book script and every time it makes be laugh. The thing is that it’s a bit of a trick question because in truth there is no way to write a comic book script. Honestly, I’m some cases there isn’t even a need for one (such as when your working as both a writer and an artist on a project). But a good comic book script or script style is a little like pornography, you know it when you see it.
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Before you write a script what you really need to do is understand who you are writing it for, for the majority of start-ups in the independent industry their first comic book script is written for an artist. When a writers career improves they begin to write for a larger team of inkers, colourists and letters who are all vital to the industry. I will assume most people are writing for a single artist, if that’s the case what is the actually purpose of the writing? To inform, essentially you, as a writer, are attempting to create an IKEA-esq set of instructions on how to build your comic.
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I’ll be honest, I’m having a tough time at he moment, so I am going to phone this one in a little, but really there isn’t much to say on the topic any way. At the end of the day, you and your artist need to decide on a system that works for both of you and can allow you to construct a creative piece you are happy with. If you want scripting examples, try reading Panel One, it was a collection put out a few years back of loads of comic scripts that you can pick up for a reasonable price on Amazon. Do whatever works for you, that’s the really answer and there is little else I can say than that.
…and that’s this week’s Grr(aphic) Mondays! I’m not sure what sort of piece will be coming out on Wednesday, I think it might be another opinion piece but we shall see!