Rough drafts of comic pages

Writing for comics: scripts, sketches and storyboards

Other than a few brief forays into comics as a younger artist – mostly the newspaper-style, though some western comics were attempted – I’ve been scared of writing them for years. Why? It’s unlike writing anything else I’ve done before. In either professional or personal capacity, I’ve done short stories, novels, novellas, short-form news stories and long-form editorials. I’ve written technical manuals, how-tos, choose-your-own-adventures, poetry, video game plots, stage plays and video scripts. I’ve done storyboarding for commercials and short films. Writing wasn’t scary, of course: writing comics was. I was petrified of the idea of them, actually. Comics are “written” in images and compositions and assumptions; they have a dialect all their own. When in the planning stages, how do you do that? Do you draw them out first? Do you write it like a stage play? Poring over…