Comic Books and Graphic Novels

Comic books and graphic novels are a natural progression for screenwriters to branch out into. Writing a comic book or graphic novel is similar to storyboarding a script. A graphic novel is nothing more than a story told in comic book form. Once you take a script and turn it into storyboards, you can weave them together to tell a compelling story in a different way than just writing a screenplay.


Short Circuit: Stop Chasing Your Screenwriting Dream!

Years ago, I had an agent and spent a lot of time “chasing” a screenwriting career, and I never got anywhere. Today, I no longer have an agent, don’t live in L.A., am writing to please myself… and the work just kind of magically appears… not that I am buying my own private island or anything yet...

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How to Write a Comic Book Script

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! A comic book script is a set of instructions for the artist and the letterer. It’s intended to present the mechanics of your story with the greatest possible clarity. Adhering to a precise format, as in screenwriting, is not necessary. When you write a...

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Fragments #6 – “We Fit”: The Intertextual Tightrope of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

While the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU from here on out) is arguably the most financially successful, audience-pleasing shared universe in film history, its shortcomings present significant challenges to the quality of its individual media components and to the longevity of the collective franchise. Unlike our previous, wide-ranging looks at the continuities of the Universal...

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Zac Atkinson

Short Circuit: Writing Jobs – Making Short Work of Animated Television

Mention short screenplays and many writers think “festival material.” Mention animation, they think “Pixar features.” But put them together – you get Animated Television. It’s a huge market. In 2013 alone, one hundred and eleven new animated series premiered across the globe. (Artist: Robert Atkins) I’ve been a fan of Zac Atkinson since I first...


Specs & The City: Story Tone and ‘Batman’

Know what story you want to tell before you sit down to type FADE IN. It’s the best single piece of advice a writer can be given, but too many of us still don’t follow it. Now, I’m not talking about knowing your characters, or having a firm plot outline in mind, or knowing...


Fragments #3: Continuity and the Universal Monsters, Part One

For this multi-part series within a series, we’re going to look at three examples of film continuity through the lens of generational examples: The Universal Monsters of the 1930s and 40s, the James Bond series of the 1960s through today, and lastly the modern Marvel Cinematic Universe.  When I talk about continuity here, I’m...