Comic Book and Graphic Novel Scriptwriting
What you'll learn
- How to write comic books and graphic novels from start to finish
- How to format your script like the pros
- How to pace your story like a pro
- How to write an effective outline that makes scriptwriting easier
- The writers place in the comic book making process
- Working with artists etiquette
- Comics panel theory and its relation to story pacing
- Developing stories using narrative story arcs: monomyth, 3-act structure and "in media res"
- No previous writing or drawing experience necessary.
- All you need is your creativity and a willingness to learn.
The medium of comics presents a fascinating vehicle to communicate through a sequence of text and images. Comic books, graphic novels and other forms of the genre (web comics, comic strips, etc.) hold a significant place in modern society, history and culture. This course is designed to teach you how to write comic book and graphic novel scripts professionally. Focus is placed on helping you create and develop your story idea(s). You will learn scripting, story generation, comic panel theory, working within page-length restrictions, pacing your story and the full script method of writing comics. You will learn: narrative story arcs, plot points, writing sound effects, captions, off-panel dialogue and more. Exercises and PDF's of actual comic book scripts included as resources. No artistic experience needed.
Who this course is for:
- Anyone interested in writing comic books or graphic novels like a pro.
- Anyone interested in developing their writing skills through comic book or graphic novel story telling.
Sheena C. Howard, is an award- winning author, filmmaker, educator and scholar. She has been featured in the L.A. Times, Washington Post and more. In 2014 Sheena became the first Black woman to win an Eisner Award for her first book, Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation (2013). The Eisner Awards are considered the ‘Oscars of Comics’. She is also the author of several critically acclaimed books and comics books. In 2017, Sheena published the Encyclopedia of Black Comics, which is the first book of its kind, profiling over 100 Black people in the comics industry. The Encyclopedia of Black Comics was named the 2018 American Library Associations’ Outstanding Reference Source. She is also the co-writer of Superb, a comic book about a superhero with Down Syndrome. She has published nearly a book a year, every year since 2013. She is a highly sought after public speaker.