Thursday, March 26, 2009

Writing Comic Books and Graphic Novels

300, Spider-Man, Men in Black, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Oscar-bait like Road to Perdition and V for Vendetta were born as comic books or graphic novels. The paneled world is one of the fastest-growing sectors of publishing. Even superstar writers from Deepak Chopra to Stephen King are creating comics.

You don't have to draw to make a great graphic novel. But you do have to know how to write comics, attract a great artist, find the right publisher, and work with all of them to produce the next Batman or Sin City. This seminar will take you through the entire comics-making process, from devising a proposal and writing word balloons to surviving Comic-Con International and handling Hollywood.

In this seminar, you will learn:

  • The most popular genres, formats, and styles
  • Techniques and mistakes of visual storytelling
  • The care and feeding of artists
  • How the publishing companies' decision-makers work
  • What they want from you -- and what they don't want
  • The basics of comics contracts and partnerships
  • The power and pain of self-publishing
  • Marketing to the comics industry and the wider world
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