The Process of Comic Writing: Part 01

I will start off by saying that I am by no means an expert in the art of comic writing. Nor would I ever label myself as such. I will always be progressing and evolving and overtime my process will too. So, with that disclaimer out of the way I would like to share with you some of the many tips I have learned over the years. You see, the thing about writing comics is that there is no one way to do it. It takes a lot of trial and error as well as deep, deep Google searches.

The hardest part for me when I started out was finding ‘step one’. Hopefully I can help save you budding writers out there some time. A lot of this information is just sitting in my brain waiting to be plucked, so let’s start of with some basics and save some room in memory palace for plot lines shall we?.

Step 1) Research.

There are 3 books that I feel every comic writer should have in their possession. They are as follows:

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Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud

A comic about comics. This book will open your eyes to the true potential of what your art can be. This book has been the holy grail in the comic community for decades and rightfully so. Understanding Comics will give you the basics you need before you should even be dreaming about that 7 year genre bending epic.

 

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Words for Pictures by Brian Michael Bendis

The newest of my recommendations and my personal favourite, Brian Michael Bendis spent years crafting this book. He sits down with creators from every aspect of comic craft and really drives homes the do’s and do not’s. He also delves into the business side of things which is by far the scariest part of comic-dom. The information contained within this tome is invaluable and you should already be reading this and not blog… but I thank you.

 

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The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics by Dennis O’Neil

This is was the first comic craft book I ever owned. It was sitting on a used book shelf and the second I saw my life was forever changed. Suddenly there was no excuse not to create. Dennis O’Neil is a legend and, much like Words for Pictures, the Guide really nails the importance of the craft. This book however has a very specific focus, from plotting to script variables this book has literally everything you would need to start scripting.

That’s it for now. I have provided links to purchase the above books. All you have to do is click the image. However I will suggest going to your local library and seeing what they have on the shelf. If you know me, you know I love the library and I use it near daily. It’s free, convenient and great for the soul.

Part 2 will cover some websites, blogs and podcasts I have discovered. So stay tuned!

If you have any questions shoot me a tweet!

-Sean

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