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.
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