Scripting comics versus movies

Last night I was talking comic books with a comedian at the Comedy Cellar and he asked me to explain the difference between scripting comics versus movies. After I’d explained it to him it dawned on me that I had blogged about this very subject a few years ago. So I’m dusting off this blog from July 2009 to share my experience in scripting comic books.

I Am a Writer…and a Scripter

In an earlier blog I’d mentioned moving to Atlanta to become a comic book writer.

I brought with me, a rather lengthy script for my first issue. I’m not embarrassed to say that it was not a proper script for a comic book. In fact it read very much like a Hollywood movie script. However, unlike the movie industry, there is no industry standard format for scripting a comic book.
One method is plot-art-dialogue, sometimes referred to as the “Marvel Method”, in which a writer presents the artist with a plot synopsis to work from. This gives the artist more control over the pacing and structure of the story. Then there’s the full-script method which is…well it’s exactly as it sounds. A