Introduction to Comic Book and Graphic Novel Scriptwriting


Introduction to Comic Book and Graphic Novel Scriptwriting

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Next Date: Saturday 15th May, 15:00 – 21:30 UK time
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Have you ever considered how Comic Book or Graphic Novel can help scriptwriters?
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?

In this unique workshop, #1 New York Times Bestselling List and Eagle Award winning comic book and graphic novel writer and screenwriter Tony Lee (Doctor Who, Superboy, 2000AD, Spider Man, X-Men, 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, in a revised for 2021 version of his acclaimed one day masterclass.

With over thirty years experience as a professional writer, and almost eighteen years worth of experience as a comics creator for both UK and US publishers, Tony has worked in all areas of the industry, from DC to Marvel, and Image Comics to Titan Publishing, and with a new career emerging in film and TV screenwriting in both the UK and the US, Tony has written for BBC One, ITV Studios and Amazon / Audible among many others.

This is your chance to learn from a master in writing for comic books and graphic novel script writing, while at the same time discussing other medias such as film, TV, audio and games.

15:00:    Introduction

15:15:    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’ – and why a comic of your screenplay won’t sell your screenplay
  • Comparison: Screenplay / Novel / Script, using an example
  • Visual Thinking and why it’s great – the original spark of an idea
  • The ‘Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda’ moment
  • Who? What? Why? When? Where?
  • Why ‘working backwards’ helps you move forwards
  • Storytelling: The characters – what do they want? Why do we care?
  • Storytelling: The conflict – protagonists and antagonists
  • Storytelling: Keeping the reader invested over time
  • Describing your characters – how will an artist know?

16:45:    Writing The Story

Now you have the initial idea, it’s time to build on that frame.

  • 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)
  • The importance of the full synopsis
  • 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
  • Devil’s Advocate – does your idea stand up to scrutiny?

18:00: Break

Your chance to network and form new alliances with like minded screenwriters and filmmakers.

18:30:    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
  • The Temporal Flux of Panel vs Time
  • Dialogue: Why a writer should always letter at least one page.
  • Comparison: Screenplay dialogue / Comic dialogue
  • Action Versus Spoken Word
  • Adaptations of existing material
  • Licensed Properties and Preexisting Characters

20:00:    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

21:00:    Graphic Novel and Comic Book Live Ammo!

Students pitch their ideas in front of the class to get individual feedback.

End of Play:    Online networking

Grab a beer or a glass of wine and settle down in your living room to mingle and create online.

About presenter Tony Lee

Tony Lee Chekhovs Gun
A #1 New York Times Bestseller and Eagle Award winning graphic novelist and screenwriter, with licenses under his belt including Doctor Who, Star Trek, Superboy, 2000AD, Spider-Man, X-Men, Battlestar Galactica, Shrek, Wallace and Gromit, Megadeth, Joe Satriani and Ozzy Osbourne, Tony also works in television, film and audio where he has written for BBC One and Amazon UK / Audible among others, working with both US and UK producers and studios as a go-to ’script doctor’.With thirty five years experience as a professional writer, Tony has created stories in pretty much every medium to date.In 2010 he became a #1 New York Times Bestseller for his graphic novel adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. In 2014 his Doctor Who / Star Trek Graphic Novel ‘Assimilation Squared’ reached #2, and in 2019 his full cast audio drama of Dodge & Twist was #4 in the New York Times Audiobooks Bestselling List.

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8 reviews for


Introduction to Comic Book and Graphic Novel Scriptwriting

  1. Edo

    Tony Lee provided excellent insight into both the business of Comic Books and the creative process behind his writing. The course gives your the tools and resources you need to kickstart your writing.

  2. Simon Craven (verified owner)

    I found this course an excellent use of a day for anyone who’s writing stories for a visual medium. It’s a packed day and I feel as if I had the benefit of two classes in one.
    Tony’s record as a writer for comics is legendary, and his long experience gave him an almost endless supply of first-hand tales from his career. It’s a long time since I’ve worked in print so it was good to hear his thorough discussion of how the physical constraints of the comic book as a medium affect the structure and pacing of stories. The insights into the commercial and practical realities of the comics industry, and the various ways that artists and writers work together, were most illuminating.
    It was also a pleasure to hear Tony’s personal approach to developing and telling engaging stories. Much of this is of direct interest to screenwriters as well as those developing comics scripts, and reflects his current experience as a busy writer in TV and film in addition to his comics work.
    I came away full of ideas and knowing a lot more than when I went in. I’d strongly recommend this day to anyone who’s ever wondered if they could write for comics, and especially to those who also have an interest in TV and film.

  3. Melissa Izzet (verified owner)

    A really enjoyable and insightful course, Tony is a great lecturer keeping you engaged throughout, he has extensive experience in the industry and a top writer. Would definitely recommend taking this course, you receive piles of information to start you off in your comic book / graphic novel scriptwriting journey. Make sure to prep loads of questions before hand so you don’t go blank on the day!

  4. Jas Pabla (verified owner)

    Had a great day with Tony Lee and my fellow class mates. Tony is a really engaging and interactive speaker. His experiences within the industry, film and TV makes him a credible fountain of knowledge.

    Tony covered many things and gave a realistic breakdown of how to get a story down into a comic format. As a non writer myself he gave great examples of things to think about and include when writing.

    Meeting people also that have similar goals was great and an fantastic opportunity to network.

    All in all a great day and can’t wait to get started

  5. Mark Dispenza (verified owner)

    I’ve been reading how-to books and taking other online workshops in preparation, and I can assure you that yours was by far the most useful. It was loaded with information presented in a concise and easily digestible format covering every facet of the business. It’s also obvious that Tony Lee loves what he does and spent a serious amount of time putting together his presentation. His generosity in doing so was greatly appreciated.

  6. Trond E. Haveland (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed this course! Many gold nuggets of information based on Tony Lee’s own experiences. Thanks!

  7. Charli

    Thoroughly enjoyed this fun, informative, and wonderfully practical course – very refreshing to have a course grounded in practical considerations. Tony Lee is an enthusiastic and engaging speaker, and due to the very reasonable number of attendees it was easy to talk through ideas with him directly, no matter what stage of the development process they were at.

    Would definitely recommend the course for anyone interested in the topic (you don’t have to have an idea yet).

    Worth noting that Raindance have tea / coffee making facilities and there are suitable breaks to pop out for fresh air or pick up lunch.

  8. Eloise (verified owner)

    Fantastic day, very helpful as I’m so new to this and had a slightly unusual idea which Tony encouraged me to discuss with the group. A lot of helpful information but the pacing was just right so it didn’t feel crammed, and answered a lot of my questions.

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