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Tim Mallos
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2001 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey gang. The DC Guide to Writing Comics has finally been published. I was thinking about ordering a copy. Can anyone suggest other resources for learning about the craft of writing for comics? I'm focusing more on long-form comics, but interested in any links / titles people care to suggest.

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Max Leibman
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2001 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, an oft-cited, never-updated, popular and useful online site is Marc Fleury's Writing For Comics.

Several good links can also be found at the Creating Comics Resource Page.

There was an interesting physical resource I haven't yet had the opportunity to check out -- in an interview with Sketch, Brian Michael Bendis cited a film, I believe called "Visions of Light," which was just a bunch of film industry pros talking about filmmaking; he said it was one of the best resources on comics writing he's ever seen (though it obviously wasn't intended for that purpose).

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2001 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some more thoughts on the book and a couple of other resources suggested here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/columns/index.cgi?column=pipeline&article=1029

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2001 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought of a couple more:

First of all, your basic comics theory books:

I'm assuming you're read McCloud's Understanding Comics. If not, do so. Now.

Also, Will Eisner's Graphic Storytelling and Comic & Sequential Art are both excellent.

It's out of print, but if you can snag a copy of Writers on Comics Scriptwriting, it's well worth the time and expense you may spend hunting for it.

Also, Avatar's From the Desk of Warren Ellis has some useful thoughts in a section of comics writing, some of which are mirrored in some of the essays in Come In Alone (the specific ones on writing can be read online here, here, and here, but I recommend picking up a copy of the book for your shelf, anyway).

Peace out,

Max Leibman

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Tim Mallos
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2001 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did buy the DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics. I breezed through it (actually read it) in one sitting. Nice general info, but, as others have observed, pretty shallow. I think their "out" was using the term "guide" in the title. Still, an attractive little book.

It's become clearer that beyond the basic script formatting, story structure and sub-plot management techniques, comic book writing is like all writing and you just have to do it to really get better.

(edited for layout)

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2001 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the book by Alan McKenzie, How To Draw And Sell Comic Strips, are a chapter called Mastering the Comic Strip in which the author goes step-by-step in a five pages script. Very well done!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2001 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that's a book I hadn't been aware of! The Amazon link is here, but they do list it as 'out of print':

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0891349111/qid=994962693/sr=1-1/ref=sc_b_1/107-2076885-2188521

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Tim Mallos
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2001 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Howdy!

Just an update: I have found the DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics (link in first message) to be more helpful than I first thought is would be. For what it's worth...

Second point, Scott, did you know they used a page from one of your Superman scripts to illustrate a writer using thumbnails in the page margins to communicate layout ideas to the artist?

That was a fun surprise during a closer use of the chapter on script formats.

Anyway, re-reading my review of the book, it sounds less positive than I feel about it as a resource. I find myself reviewing it frequently as I start an overly ambitious project.

Tim
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2001 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's true.

The DC Guide won't make a writer out of you, but it points out some very useful approaches that should be obvious but that need to be pointed out.

There's nothing earth-shattering in its content, but it's a great book to refocus your thoughts.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2001 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Scott, did you know they used a page from one of your Superman scripts to illustrate a writer using thumbnails in the page margins to communicate layout ideas to the artist?


You bet. They even got permission first and dropped me $100!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2001 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will second the Alan McKenzie book, and "Understanding Comics". (I used the McKenzie book as the basis for an independent study in college, and put the comic pages in my BFA show.)

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