In my view, the entire purpose of a comic script is to communicate what you’re thinking to your artist! So anything that supports that will do the trick. I’ve seen some of Alan Moore’s scripts for Eddie Campbell on From Hell and he’ll have parts where he’s like “Okay this actually won’t show up on the page at all but here’s some cool backstory and here’s where I’m going with this” which I love: the more an artist knows your intentions, the better the two of you can work together.
My scripts are pretty straightforward: usually just a listing of panels, a scene description, and then dialogue, like
Marceline is standing (well, floating) with her hands on her hips, clearly upset. In the background zeppelins are crashing out of the sky and into the Candy Kingdom. Candy citizens are running around, screaming. Buildings melting like candy, liquid sugar pouring out of water towers, etc. A candy disaster!
MARCELINE: I thought I said “NO RAPPING ALLOWED”, Jake. Now look what’s happened!
We pull back to see that Marcy’s floating behind Jake, who was clearly in the middle of beatboxing, not realizing she was there until just a minute ago. He’s frozen in place, eyes wide, hands still in front of his mouth.
Jake turns around to face Marceline and shrugs, smiling weakly.
Marceline, hugging Jake.
MARCELINE: Aw, I can’t stay mad at you.
A lot of people do scripts differently: some include lots of panel layouts (I generally don’t unless it’s critical, since the artists I work with are AWESOME and always come up with really great ideas), some write it like it’s a screenplay, etc. There’s no wrong answers here: as long as your script communicates clearly to your artists what you’re talking about, it’s a good comics script.
One final piece of advice is to write out your script, then leave it for a few days and come back and read it again. If what you read isn’t like what you remember imagining, add whatever detail you need to your script until they match up!
Celebrate the freedom to read! Join us for our special Banned Books Week event on Monday, September 22nd, 7:00pm:
WHEN COMICS ALMOST DIED
Readers, Censors, and Innovation
Sixty years ago, three events endangered comics: the publication of psychiatrist Fredric Wertham’s anti-comics polemic Seduction of the Innocent, US Senate hearings on the relationship between comic books and juvenile delinquency, and the development of the Comics Code Authority, a censorship body that restricted content.CAROL TILLEY, whose research into Wertham’s revealed the doctor fabricated some of his findings, takes listeners behind the scenes, to reveal this fateful year in comics history. Learn untold stories of Wertham, Senator Estes Kefauver and the kids who tried to fight the tide of anti-comics momentum.
Check out Banned Books Week for more information about the whole week nationwide, and check out the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for more information on comics, censorship, and how to join the fight!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Brookline Library and the Trustees of the Brookline Library.
Check out this event local folks!
Guess who’s coming to Brookline Public Library?
Friday, October 3rd, at 3:00pm at the Main Library, join us for a visit from one of today’s comics superstars: Raina Telgemeier is appearing in Brookline to talk about her latest #1 New York Times best-selling memoir Sisters!
Thanks to our friends at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE), the Brookine Booksmith ( @brooklinebooksmith ), and Scholastic Graphix, we’re bringing Raina here to your local library for a reading and signings.
The event kicks off at 3:00pm! Please be aware the event will be seated first come, first serve, and we’ll open the doors at 2:30pm. The room capacity is 96, so be sure to get there on time to get a good seat.
Raina will also be appearing over the weekend, October 4-5, at the annual MICE show over in Cambridge at Lesley College, along with a whole roster of amazing creators, so be sure to go and check out the Expo too!
Following the critical success of her graphic memoir Smile, Eisner Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling comics creator Raina Telgemeier returns to her graphic memoir style with the companion Sisters. In full-color comic format, and with her signature humor and charm, Raina tells the story of her antagonistic relationship with her younger sister, which unfolds during the course of a road trip from their home in San Francisco to a family reunion in Colorado.
Raina Telgemeier grew up in San Francisco and moved to New York City, where she earned an illustration degree at the School of Visual Arts. SMILE, a critically acclaimed graphic memoir based on her childhood, was a New York Times bestseller, appearing for more than 95 weeks on the list, winner of the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens, and received a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor. Her most recent book, the full–color graphic novel DRAMA was another #1 New York Times bestseller and Kirkus raved in a starred review, “this book will undoubtedly make readers stand up and cheer.” Raina also adapted and illustrated The Baby-sitters Club graphic novels, which were selected for YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens list and Booklist’s Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth list. Raina lives in Astoria, New York, with her husband and fellow comics artist, Dave Roman. To learn more, visit her online at goRaina.com and on Twitter at @GoRaina.
I’m SO excited. Who else is excited?
The last issue of The Midas Flesh is out now! You can pick up a digital version from Comixology or get it physically at your local comic book store!
CRAZY THINGS HAPPEN IN THIS ISSUE, AS THEY HAVE HAPPENED IN EVERY ISSUE. You can read a preview here!
The end is nigh for The Midas Flesh! Get on that last issue!
Q:So after the last issue of The Midas Flesh comes a Joey/Fatima romance series, right?
Preview of The Midas Flesh #7 (of eight!) that’s out TODAY in your local comic shop or digitally right here on Comixology! Out from Boom! Box and Team Midas Ryan North, Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline.
I think you’re going to be happy to be asking yourself: HOW ARE JOEY, FATIMA and COOPER GOING TO GET OUT OF THIS ONE? Just don’t ask us, because we’re terrible liars.
Dave and Raina are celebrated members of the comics community, dedicated to producing quality stories for readers of all ages. Dave’s comics include Astronaut Academy, Teen Boat, and currently, the webcomic Starbunny Inc. Raina’s comics include her award-winning graphic memoir Smile, Drama, and The Babysitter’s Club graphic novel adaptations. They have also collaborated on anthology stories in Explorer: Lost Islands, and the recently released COMIC SQUAD: Recess.
Raina’s new book, Sisters - a sequel to Smile - is debuting in August and will be brand new at MICE 2014!
Midas Flesh #6 comes out today! And you can get it with a special variant cover by your favourite and mine, David Malki! In these issue:
- we see a non-gold planet for the first time! We just did!
- SPACE BATTLES!
- AN UNWILLINGNESS TO COMPROMISE!!
You can read a the first few pages here! And you can pick up the comic:
This issue is a big one, too. It’s an eight-issue miniseries so ALL the issues left are big ones, actually! :0
Midas Flesh #6 (two issues left after this one!) comes out next Wednesday, May 28th! And we’re six issues in and we’ve just now got a scene set in a living, non-gold city. LOOK AT THAT GORGEOUS CITY.
It’ll suck to have to wait a week to read the comic, but the good news is, you can read a six-page preview right here!
Today my gift to you is MORE COMICS YOU CAN READ RIGHT NOW FOR FREE
My brother and I talk about comics. Give us a listen.
Just listened to this whole thing! A brother and sister talk about Midas Flesh: what they like, what themes they see, and most interesting to ME, what they think is going to happen next!
SPOILER WARNING: if you haven’t read all the issues out yet (Issue 5), this will be full of spoilers. But if you have, you’ve got a really interesting discussion to look forward to!
I can tell you that one prediction they make IS correct: big things ARE going to happen in the last three issues :o
So charming, right?
Source: kattekoor / i-and-also-i
MICE is pleased to welcome some very special people to our fifth annual show as guests:
Emily Carroll - Best known for her spooky, surreal web comics like His Face All Red and Out of Skin. These stories and more will be collected into her first book Through the Woods published by Margaret K McElderry Books in July 2014.
James Kochalka - Vermont’s first Cartoonist Laureate and celebrated creator ofAmerican Elf. His recent works include Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza for young readers and Superf*ckers cartoon for not-so young viewers.
Paul Hornschemeier - NYT Bestselling cartoonist, animator for IFC’s Comedy Bang Bang, and a recent addition to Boston’s comics community. His works include the graphic novels Life With Mr. Dangerous and Three Paradoxes, and the YouTube series Forlorn Funnies.
All these cartoonists will have new books available in time for our show! You’ll find the creators showcasing their work in the exhibition halls and panel discussions, and generally walking amongst us as though they were mere mortals.
Stay tuned for more guest announcements, coming soon!