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Introduction to Comic Book & Graphic Novel Scriptwriting
January 31 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Do you have an idea for a Comic Book or Graphic Novel?
Do you think your novel or film screenplay could be adapted into a graphic novel?
Does your project have a Transmedia element that could include a digital or webcomic?
Presented by #1 New York Times Bestselling List and Eagle Award winning comic book writer and screenwriter Tony Lee (Doctor Who, Superboy, Spider Man, Battlestar Galactica) takes you through the steps to turn your idea into a comic book or graphic novel, and the steps you need to take to get yourself published.
With a new career emerging in film and TV screenwriting in both the UK and the US, Tony's also the screenwriter of the movie The Mild Bunch, with Colin Baker, Vicki Michelle and Frazer Hines attached to star in, The Nest, a US television show co-created with Supernatural and Stargate Universe actress Alaina Huffman, Also Known As for Boxfly Productions and Cartel, starring Craig Fairbrass.
This is your chance to learn from a master in writing for comic books and graphic novel script writing.
10:15 It's Not The Easier Option
What stumbling blocks a writer can find in their way when moving from screen to sequential art storytelling.
- Why scripting comics isn't 'easy' - why a comic of your screenplay won't sell your screenplay
- Comparison: Screenplay / Novel / Script
- Comparison: Anthology / One-shot / Mini Series / Ongoing / Graphic Novel / Web Series
- The High Concept / Elevator Pitch
- The restraints of a comic script (length, page turn etc)
- Why 'working backwards' helps you move forwards
- The importance of the full synopsis
11:45 Writing The Story
From the initial idea to the set up, the characters, their flaws and their motivations.
- The 'Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda' moment
- Who? What? Why? When? Where?
- Storytelling: The characters - what do they want? Why do we care?
- Storytelling: The conflict - protagonists and antagonists
- Storytelling: Keeping the reader invested over time
- Chekov's mantelpiece rule - and why it's vital to comics
- The rising act structure
- Subplots and supporting characters
- Is your story all it can be - the joys of hindsight
14:00 Writing The Script
Now you have the story, we now master the dos and don'ts of scripting it.
- The full synopsis - the 'treatment' for comics
- Breaking it down: Scene by scene
- Breaking it down: Page by page
- Comparison: Full Script / Plot-Art-Dialogue ('Marvel' style)
- Know your comic terms - the language of the comic script
- Types of panel / how many to a page
- Dialogue: Why a writer should always letter at least one page.
- Comparison: Screenplay dialogue / Comic dialogue
- Action Verses Spoken Word
- Adaptations of existing material
- Licensed Properties
15:30 The Industry
Now you have your script, what do you do with it?
- Self Publishing: finding an artist.
- Self Publishing: Percentage or Page Rate
- Getting known: Webcomic / Vanity Press / Small Press
- Conventions / Networking - the dos and don'ts
- Submitting to the established comic book companies
- Know your target - does your story match their style?
- How much does an agent help a comic creator
- Selling yourself rather than your story
16:30 Comic Book Live Ammo!
Students pitch their ideas in front of the class to get individual feedback.
18:00 To the Pub for Networking Drinks
Remember to bring your business cards!
Who should attend
This class is highly recommended for all storytellers.
Screenwriters, novelists, journalists and filmmakers interested in learning how to exploit their characters and stories in additional mediums than traditional film and television and interested in discovering new markets and storytelling techniques.
What they are saying
Tony Lee makes the complicated simple. He has opened my eyes to a whole new approach to screenwriting and storytelling I had never considered.Elliot Grove, Founder, Raindance