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Writing 301: Formatting
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A little quick about formatting your comic script. I do mention in there that there isn't really a standard since each publisher and writer have their own way so don't take this as the absolute standard, this template is what works for ME.

I suggest you read some comic scripts out there and note the differences between an Alan Moore script to a Geoff Johns and then figure out which works best for you.

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Kizyoi's avatar
Kizyoi|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
See I really want to make a comic (maybe a short, four-panel comic stripe to start off with) but I can never come up with a page......basically, placing the panels is impossible for my mind to process.  It's like staring at a brick wall and telling it to sprout legs and walk out of the way to me.

Thanks for this all the same!  :heart:
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FelipeCagno's avatar
You got it!
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Kizyoi's avatar
Kizyoi|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can I ask a question...if you're not too busy?
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FelipeCagno's avatar
Sure, I will get to it whenever I can, fire away :)
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SeanE|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Also giving the script to the colourist is a good idea. I've only once had that done but it made colouring the panels so much easier as you had the context and story to help set mood, lighting, colour selections etc. beats having to guess and wing it all the time
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FelipeCagno's avatar
I can't imagine the colorist working without the script, that's insane! I always make sure to send the script to everyone involved with the comic :)
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LooneyTunerIan|Hobbyist Filmographer
Question: How many panels per page should there be? To limit the comic page?
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An average of 5-6 panels per page is the ideal, more than that and you start limiting your artist unless you are going for a specific narrative function, such as several small panels with little details only like a door knob or the stamp in a letter.
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LooneyTunerIan|Hobbyist Filmographer
Ok, so... 5 to 6 panels. Right?
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FelipeCagno's avatar
Yep :highfive:
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LooneyTunerIan|Hobbyist Filmographer
You should submit this to #ComicTeamUp. :)
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FelipeCagno's avatar
I think someone already did :)
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jazzmanchazz's avatar
I love this writing sample. Thx.
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FelipeCagno's avatar
Thanks so much, I'm glad you find it useful! :)
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AlexLuvsArt|Professional Interface Designer
i would freak out if i saw this and the writer said to draw it. Kinda crazy how an artist can put this together visually.
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FelipeCagno's avatar
Yep, totally crazy and genius ;)
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Ooooh, so this is what a comic script looks like, I've been wondering... This is very interesting. When you read it, it's like you can already see the complete page in your mind, so the writer must have pictured it before writing it down... Seems like an awful lot of work!
Ok, now I'm off to see if I can find more stuff like that in your gallery :)
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Glad you enjoyed this article! :hug:
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alice-time|Professional General Artist
This is incredibly helpful. Thank you.

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Sure thing, thanks for reading :)
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