November 1st, 2012

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Writing Excuses 7.44: Writing for Comics with Jim Zub

Writing Excuses 7.44: Writing for Comics with Jim Zub

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/10/28/writing-excuses-7-44-writing-for-comics-with-jim-zub/

Key points: There is no set format for comic book scripts. Different writers have different approaches. To keep it short, rewrite, rewrite, rewrite. For pacing, start with an overview of the entire story arc, make sure there is a strong opening and a strong, usually cliffhanger, ending to each issue, and within the issue, use page turners -- a small cliffhanger and reveal at the bottom of the right-hand page. Propel the comic forward. Comic creators are using the web as their portfolio. However, it still takes years to learn your craft.
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[Brandon] That's going to be so helpful. So make sure you guys go out to Zim Jub… Jimzub.com. Zim Jub? It's jimzub.com, right? We will link that. Jim, do you have a writing prompt you could throw at us?
[Jim] Sure. Well, you don't mind if I do a comic book one?
[Chorus] No. Not at all.
[Jim] Okay. Cool. So I guess we'll… That's kind of an interesting idea here. So introducing a place without dialogue. So what can you use, almost like a camera, more like a movie? If you had five panels, how would you introduce people to a place they've never been before and make them feel that they know that place?
[Brandon] All right. Thank you very much. This has been Writing Excuses. You're out of excuses, now go write.
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