When I heard that Top Cow Inc. was holding a Talent Hunt for two unpublished writers and two unpublished artists, I just knew I had to give it a shot. What a dream come true to it would be to write a one-shot or mini-series for a company like Top Cow (home of Witchblade, The Darkness, etc.)
Creating Comic Book Characters is easy according to Wizard Magazine!
I was reading a old issue of Wizard Guide from March 1994 and came across an article titled “Just Add Water: Ten easy steps for creating gritty, cutting-edge comic book characters”. If only creating comic book characters were this easy…well, maybe it was in the 90’s. Anyways, what you are about to read is exactly as it was printed in the article. (I’ve even scanned the important bits) Let’s begin our journey towards creating the most super-awesome comic book character ever!
“What’s in a name?” is a question that can simply be answered in one word, ‘Everything’! Naming your superhero is just as important as naming your series.
It’s important to remember that a name will define, or at least influence, the character’s personality and/or super powers. For me, one of the most important aspects when writing The Deciders was coming up with names for each character. I wanted the names to be catchy, easy to pronounce, and of course not already taken. There is no right or wrong way when it comes to naming your character but I’d like to share with you my method for naming the twins within The Deciders.
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.