Unlock the secrets to comic-writing success!
‘You have a story tell. It’s your story … These are ways to help you get your story out, to help you become the writer inside of yourself.”
This is the book on writing you’ve been waiting for, a nuts-and-bolts guide to writing fiction for comics. While it is true that there is no set way to write a comic book script, no set format, no industry standard, it is equally true that someone learning to write comics needs structure. That’s where Comics Experience® Guide to Writing Comics can help. Comics veteran Andy Schmidt offers sage advice and practical instruction for everything from writing realistic dialogue to communicating your ideas to other comics professionals. Inside you’ll find:
23 exercises to help you put fundamental writing principles into practice
Sample script formats, page-by-page outlines, scene-by-scene outlines and short pitches that show you exactly how to create these important components of the writing process
Diagrams and pages from published comics to illustrate key concepts
Tips on professional development, networking and navigating the comics industry
These pages include all the tools you need to write great comics, but where do you begin? Begin with yourself. You have to know—not believe—know: You can do this, and this guide will help. Now, begin with Chapter 1 …
About the Author
Andy Schmidt is a former senior editor at IDW Publishing, former editor at Marvel Comics and writer of such comics as Five Days to Die, X-Men: Divided We Stand, G.I. Joe: Future Noir, Achilles Inc. and other titles you’ve seen in this book. Andy launched Comics Experience (comicsexperience.com) for people who want to make comics or work in the comics industry.
During his nearly six years at Marvel Comics, Andy edited such popular comic books as X-Men, X-Factor, Alias, Secret War, Captain America: The Chosen, Iron Man/Captain America: Casualties of War, Avengers Classic and the Annihilation saga. As an assistant and associate editor, Andy worked on nearly every major character in the Marvel canon—from Spider-Man to the Avengers and Fantastic Four.
In 2007, Andy founded Comics Experience to pass his knowledge on to students. In 2008, Andy wrote an authoritative, Eagle Award-winning book about making comics, The Insider’s Guide to Creating Comics and Graphic Novels, published by IMPACT Books.
In 2010, he created the Creators Workshop as part of Comics Experience, where students can learn and grow together as creators.
In 2013, Andy left corporate life and began consulting and writing in the entertainment industry on properties such as Spider-Man, the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars and Transformers as well as consulting with film and television studios. Andy wrote several video games, including the critically acclaimed Transformers: Devastation.
In April of 2018, Comics Experience teamed up with publisher Source Point Press to launch a line of comics dedicated to helping new creators break into the industry. These comics are created by Comics Experience students and Creators Workshop members. The line launched at Chicago’s C2E2 show.
Andy is the co-host of the Comics Experience Make Comics podcast, and you can follow him on Twitter at @ComicExperience.
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