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Essential readings for Comic Book Writers

Essential readings for Comic Book Writers:

This list is based off of the curriculum from Brian Michael Bendis’ writing class, as well as other recommendations from friends, and other lucky finds. I picked my favorites or, at least, the ones I believe to be the most helpful, should be read first or even re-read, perhaps studied. Simply put, books you should have at arm’s reach for easy reference.

Here is my Definitive list of Essential readings for Comic Book Writers:

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One of my favorite books and the one I recommend reading first. It will give you a solid foundation, from the actual structure of your story to character’s archetypes. This is a great book that you will keep referring to and should keep handy. Plus, I feel like it makes all my writing super Mythical and Epic!

 

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Another great book though, I felt, a little more dense. I found it easier to digest AFTER reading The Writer’s Journey since it builds on some of the principles explained in the first book. The script analysis of Chinatown is particularly exciting. This is a book you should read closely and by that, I mean STUDY it. Just like all the books on this list really. And yes, it is about Screenwriting but the same principles apply to Comic book writing.

 

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The best book about the actual medium. Understanding Comics is a big fat comic strip about comics and how they work. Scott Mc Cloud takes you through everything that makes up a Comic Book, one panel at a time. You should also read his Making Comics.

 

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Tons of good advice from the Legendary Writer with an interesting focus on the ‘Theme’ of your story. Also, the afterwords that he wrote 15 years later destroys everything he recommended doing in the book. Priceless.

 

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More than a book about writing Comics, this is  about the entire business of being a professional Comic book Writer. From your relationship with Artists to dealing with Editors, it proves to be the most original and innovative book of the bunch with advice from pros you won’t find anywhere else. This book will take you to the next level. Oh, it also gives you homework.

 

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This is my new favorite book and one I keep handy.  Nick Macari little book will truly take you to the next level because it assumes you already know about the writing basics and concerns itself with mechanics specific to the comic book medium. I am still learning from this great book. You can find some of Nick’s advice on his site here and make your own opinion.

More cool books to check out:

You can also find Comic book scripts in the back of some trades or Deluxe editions of your favorite books. It is worth checking it out. I especially enjoy the Civil War Script book by Mark Millar.

And of course online, at the Comic Book Script Archive.

Have the most Mythical and Epic of Journeys!!!

-Nico

 

Millarworld Submission

Millarworld submission:

They are currently taking submissions from both Artists and Writers? Why hasn’t anyone told me this?

Maybe they did and I forgot.

I was reading through the Top Cow Talent Hunt official thread on Comic Book Resources when I stumbled upon a post in which a person asked if they would be disqualified  from entering the Hunt if they were to win the Millarworld Talent Hunt which ends at the end of this month.

I had no idea this was going on.

So I went to the Millarworld website and read up on the Millarworld Submission instructions for writers.

Thankfully, they “only” ask a for short stories (4-5 pages) which must use one of their famed properties. Here is the run down:

KICK-ASS story set between Bks 1-3 (5 pages)
KINGSMAN story starring Eggsy (5 pages)
HIT-GIRL solo adventure (4 pages)
STARLIGHT starring Young Duke McQueen on Tantalus (5 pages)
AMERICAN JESUS set during first book (5 pages)
CHRONONAUTS set in the past, during first book (4 pages)

Pick any one of those and go!

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Chrononauts is a great Script from Mark Millar. I can’t wait for the movie… if they can get the casting right.

I chose Chrononauts for, well, logistical reason? First off all, I HAVE all four issues (Book 1, if you may) and I love them dearly. Secondly, I am entering this contest a bit late. I only have two weeks to put a viable story together and having to refer to and study four issues versus three entire Kick-Ass story arcs is a no-brainer. I also do not own ALL of the other books. I have read some of them but that’s it.

I have been studying the four issues, applying the “method” I was talking about last week. I have yet to settle on a story idea though. If you are not familiar with Chrononauts, it depicts the story of two scientists “Bros” who wreck havoc through the time-stream by using their time machine, eventually fixing all their mess and their own lives in the process. YES, time-travelling.  As you can imagine, this quite opens up the short stories possibilities.

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Sean Gordon Murphy’s Art is absolutely sublime.

Alright folks, I’ve got some work to do. Between the Millarworld submission, the Top Cow Talent Hunt, and the ongoing 2000 AD open submission; every aspiring Comic Book writer should be very busy in the next few weeks.

-N

Essential readings for Comic Book Writers

Essential readings for Comic Book Writers:

This list is based off of the curriculum from Brian Michael Bendis’ writing class, as well as other recommendations from friends, and other lucky finds. I picked my favorites or, at least, the ones I believe to be the most helpful, should be read first or even re-read, perhaps studied. Simply put, books you should have at arm’s reach for easy reference.

Here are my recommended, Essential readings for Comic Book Writers:

51473OvY5zL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_voglers-writers-journey

One of my favorite books and the one I recommend reading first. It will give you a solid foundation, from the actual structure of your story to character’s archetypes. This is a great book that you will keep referring to and should keep handy. Plus, I feel like it makes all my writing super Mythical and Epic!

 

51c1Pf0fe7L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

Another great book though, I felt, a little more dense. I found it easier to digest AFTER reading The Writer’s Journey since it builds on some of the principles explained in the first book. The script analysis of Chinatown is particularly exciting. This is a book you should read closely and by that, I mean STUDY it. Just like all the books on this list really. And yes, it is about Screenwriting but the same principles apply to Comic book writing.

 

61KgveZjO7L._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_mc36c

The best book about the actual medium. Understanding Comics is a big fat comic strip about comics and how they work. Scott Mc Cloud takes you through everything that makes up a Comic Book, one panel at a time. You should also read his Making Comics.

 

59704

Tons of good advice from the Legendary Writer with an interesting focus on the ‘Theme’ of your story. Also, the afterwords that he wrote 15 years later destroys everything he recommended doing in the book. Priceless.

 

9780770434359

More than a book about writing Comics, this is  about the entire business of being a professional Comic book Writer. From your relationship with Artists to dealing with Editors, it proves to be the most original and innovative book of the bunch with advice from pros you won’t find anywhere else. This book will take you to the next level. Oh, it also gives you homework btw.

wwgbg

This is my new favorite book and one I keep handy.  Nick Macari little book will truly take you to the next level because it assumes you already know about the writing basics and concerns itself with mechanics specific to the comic book medium. I am still learning from this great book. You can find some of Nick’s advice on his site here and make your own opinion.

More cool books to check out:

You can also find Comic book scripts in the back of some trades or Deluxe editions of your favorite books. It is worth checking it out. I especially enjoy the Civil War Script book by Mark Millar.

And of course online, at the Comic Book Script Archive.

Have the most Mythical and Epic of Journeys!!!

-Nico