The results of the first Millarworld Talent Search have been announced, and I know there are plenty of you out there who can’t wait to submit scripts and sample pages in future talent searches. Since the next contest won’t be for a while longer, we all have some time to up our game! In the spirit of solidarity and collaboration, I’m starting this thread to share a few resources that may be helpful to all of you, my fellow creators. Please feel free to add any resources you think may be helpful.
I. Script Format Tips
There are no standard script formats in comics, and there aren’t very many rules. But Mark has created a thread with some helpful tips for writers. Even if you’ve been scripting comics on your own for years, Mark’s advice should be pretty helpful, especially since he’ll be selecting the winning entries.
You can also Google search for advice from your favorite creators; several of them have already shared tips with their fans. Kelly Sue DeConnick has posted several tips on her Tumblr page, and I’d recommend giving them a look.
Comicwriterservices.com is a particularly noteworthy resource; it aggregates a myriad of articles and blog posts written by industry professionals. Pretty much anything you want to know about writing or the industry can be found there.
Check out Blambot for information on comic book grammar (balloons, captions, sound effects, etc.).
I’ve added my 2015 Chrononauts entry to this post to illustrate one formatting method here. It’s not without flaw, but you can use it as a reference for your own work, or you can borrow elements from the format to develop your own.
II. Sample Scripts
In his advice to writers entering the talent search, Mark included a few script pages from the first issue of Huck. As a writer, that script may inform how you choose to format your own scripts. As an artist, it gives you material to practice telling a story.
Sometimes you can find other scripts in hardcover collections or trade paperbacks. I’ve seen scripts included in Batman: Year One, Superman Unchained, and Ultimate X-Men. You can also find scripts on comicbookscriptarchive.com or with a Google search.
As mentioned above, I’ve included my 2015 Chrononauts entry in this post. As a short story, it may be useful to artists who want to practice their storytelling skills with a compact but complete script. Writers, if you’d like to share your old entries for similar reasons, please feel free to do so.
Edit - You can find other old script entries to the Talent Search here.
III. Comic Art
I’m less well equipped to share online resources pertaining to art, but I can recommend Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics as a helpful guide to the mechanics of the medium.
IV. Collaborative Development
I hope this thread will help to foster the development of the aspiring creators out there. Please share any other resources you think might be helpful to future talent search entrants. I’d like to see this thread become a place where budding creators can share ideas, ask questions, or share their work.
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