I am currently working on a Comic Book Pitch for Arthur King.
Writing a comic book pitch is a lot harder than I thought it would be. I actually believed that I already got it since I had a logline, a synopsis, and an outline ready to go. But a pitch is so much more than just a run down of your plot and, simultaneously, so much less. It is like squeezing concentrated story juice.
So I did some research and found a couple resources that have proven deadly helpful.
Comic Book writer Jim Zub (Skullkickers, Wayward) posted a four part blog post on how to write a comic book pitch. If you intend on ever pitching your book to and editor or a publisher, don’t waste your time and go read it now.
I spend all day yesterday trying to distill my story to its core essence and asking myself questions such as “Why should we care?” “What it is about?”
Though I have answers to those questions, the real challenge is to present your story in a concise and entertaining fashion. People are not interested in a simple run down of your plot scene by scene. Instead, you should spark their interest with a snappy logline. Show them your characters’ arc(s) and tell them the entire story in one paragraph or so. No more. You should also follow their guidelines, if any. For example, the editor I am sending my comic book pitch to wants no more than 3 pages.
What that pitch does right is that it has ART. Lots of it. You must include some kind of artwork; so yes, you must find an artist and work with them. It’s even better if you have sequential artwork, not just sketches.
What is wrong about this pitch is that I run through the entire story, basically providing a moment to moment outline. Loony is a 12 pages story and I ramble on for over a page and a half! Not good. Can you imagine if I did that for a 6 issue story arc? Yuk.
One more thing. Writer Brandon Seifert (Witch Doctor) has been sharing some of his pitches on his Facebook page. They are prime examples of what a one page comic book pitch should look like. Intriguing and quite brilliant. They make you want to read his stuff! And that’s exactly what your comic book pitch should do.