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Writing Excuses Season 3 Episode 24: Writing Comics with Jake Black » Writing Excuses

@Eliyanna: The artist isn’t the director, but neither is the writer. Ideally they share the role of director. They both have a vision for the book, but they need to realize it’s a team activity, not a writer (the boss) giving directives to the employees (the artist, letterer, colorist, etc.). When a writer assumes the visual dictation of the scenes, it’s like going into a 9-5 job where you clock in, you sit at your desk and your co-worker comes over and tell you how to do your job. Annoying at best. I’ve never worked with Mr. Black so I can’t say more about his approach that what I’ve heard here, so my humblest apologies if I’m missing the mark with him. This isn’t actually a criticism of Mr. Black, but rather my attempt to show aspiring comic book writers what the ‘other half’ of the creative team thinks about. Good advice for comic book writers would be to talk to your artist. Ask what format they’d prefer to have. Some will want the panel to panel layout, but most will not. Remember, your name is on the book for ‘writing’, not ‘penciller’ or ‘colorist’. If you make a wrong call on layout, it’s not you who will be hurt by it, but the artist that’s been forced to do it your way. If you have a clear visual image that you want to express, that you feel is integral to the story (like a close-up of one character’s hands clutching a bottle of Glenmorangie) then by all means specify that. For the most part though leave the art to the artists. As a comic book writer, you should be more concerned with telling the story than with panel count. Develop your story on a page by page basis and simply tell the artist what you want to happen on that page. Don’t just write what is visually happening (Spidey clinging to a wall, etc.) but also include things that the reader may not directly know. What’s he thinking about? Is he brooding? Even through a mask, an artist can portray these things with pose and camera angle. @mike Barker: Near the beginning, and he mentions that he does a panel by panel layout, even specifying the number of panels per page. It’s this attitude that I felt the need to reply to. http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/11/08/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-24-writing-comics-with-jake-black/

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