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Comic Book Puzzle

Writing comic books is like solving a puzzle.

The last couple days have not been  easy on the writing front.

I am writing an outline for a limited 6 issue series I will pitch to Oni Press. Their next round of open submissions should start in September. Right now, i am tackling the middle of the story. In the fantastic comic book “Spread“, writer Justin Jordan talked about the middle part of the story being the hardest part to write. Well, I feel the truth in that. Perhaps a bit too much.

I am laser focused on the middle of my story. I have been rewriting, and reworking, and trying to make it all fit together. Now I am starting to hate it, hate my writing, and hate my dumb self.

I finally found solace in the ComicVine podcast from June 26th that I listened to at work today.

(Yes, I have a job where I can do that and yes, I’m playing catch-up on my Podcasts.)

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Watch out! Joshua Williamson is coming right at you! 

Joshua Williamson (Ghosted, Birthright, Nailbiter) was the guest. The way he talked about getting stuck, his writing process, and the importance of humility was inspiring. It gave me a renewed outlook on my process. I realized I was not so crappy after all but simply trying to solve the puzzle that Comicbook writing sometimes is. Sometimes, you just need to come at it from a different angle.

-N

The Call of the Demon- Oni Press

Starting this may, Oni Press (publisher of Scott Pilgrim and other fantastic funnies) is opening its own submission process for artists, cartoonists, and writers. That’s right, even if you are a writer without an artist attached, you can still submit your pitch to Oni Press.

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Their submission guidelines are very specific and actually very helpful in sharpening your ideas. It goes like this:

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

Writers:

– Pitches should be:

– A logline – [what’s the idea/concept]

(I did not know what a logline was before this and had to look it up. Here is some advice. Go ahead and try to write a logline for your project, it can be quite difficult to distill your concept/ Idea to just a few words.)

– A one-page synopsis / overview – A short summary that contextualizes who your project is for and how it fits into the marketplace

(I never even considered that. Who is my project for? You know, besides myself. And how does it fit in the marketplace? Heavy questions.)

– A 3-5 page outline – give us the full beginning, middle and end of your story so we can see your execution.

– A sample comic script containing at least two scenes, consisting of at least eight pages and no more than twenty pages. This should be a comic book script, NOT a screenplay.

(YES! They are actually asking for script samples! That is AWESOME! They want to see that you can write a Comic Book Script, that you understand the medium).

Needless to say, I am hard at work on my submission but not just that. The guidelines they provide can truly be helpful for any project and help you think of your writing from different perspective, be it in the current marketplace or as a couple sentences logline.

-N