Comic Book Writer's Resources


Characters and Characterisation by Steven Grant
Developing Characters  by Chuck Dixon
Once, Twice, Three Times A Bad Guy by Chuck Dixon
Villains Intro  by Chuck Dixon

Crowd Funding

How to: A case study for a first time Kickstarter (Part Two) by Spencer Tomaya
How To Kickstarter by Keith Knight
What I Learned From The Muder Book 3 IndieGoGo Campaign by Ed Brisson

Digital Comics

The Broadcast Of Comics by Warren Ellis
How To Host Your Own Webcomic by D.J Coffman
Thoughts on Digital Comic Formatting, Pace and Flow by Jeremy Rock
Truly Digital Comics by Mark Waid
Writing For Digital by Mark Waid


Breaking Into The Big Two by Tom Brevoort and Johanna Draper Carlson
How To Talk To An Editor and A Little Convention Etiquette by Chuck Dixon
The Job Of The Comic Book Editor by Mark Waid
Pitching At Conventions by John Freeman
What My Job Entails by Kris Simon (Shadowline)

The Idea

Establishing Your Core Idea by Jim Zubkavich
The Idea by Steven Grant
So Where Do You Get Your Ideas? by Marv Wolfman
Where Do You Get Your Ideas? by Chuck Dixon


Comic Book Grammar by Nate Piekos
DMZ #4 Notes by Brian Wood
Endings by Joe Casey and Matt Fraction
Everything You Wanted To Know About Comic Book Marketing by Justin Jordan
Fill-Ins, One Shots, and Inventory Stories by Chuck Dixon
Grant Morrison Interview Archive
Getting Things Written by Antony Johnston
How To Co-Create Comic Books by Jeff Parker
Just Make It Happen by Joey Esposito
Making Comics: Why I’ve Failed So Far by Josh Flanagan
Modus Operandi by Ryan Ferrier
On Ongoing Superhero Comic Accessibility by Kieron Gillen
Openings And How To Work Them by Chuck Dixon
Reactive Writing by Joe Casey and Matt Fraction 
Scrivening Comics by Antony Johnston
Short Comics by Joe Casey and Matt Fraction
Staying Connected Vs. Getting Lost by Joe Casey and Matt Fraction
Staying In After Breaking In by Joe Casey and Matt Fraction
Stupid Gun Mistakes EVERY Writer Makes by Chuck Dixon
Theme and Setting by Steven Grant
The Working Woes Of a Letterpunk
Writing Action Scenes by John Rogers

Pitches And Proposals

Do, or Do Not; There Is No Try by Larry Young
DV8 Pitch/Proposal by Micah Wright
First Casualty by Jeremy Holt
Getting Your Submission Read by Erik Larsen, et al
Here Comes The Pitch (Part Two, Part Three, Part Four) by Jim Zubkavich
How Do I Submit My Writing to Comic Publishers? by The Spire
Inside Out by Ed Brisson
Original Proposal for Planetary by Warren Ellis
Original Proposal for Sixth Gun by Cullen Bunn
The Pitch by Warren Ellis
The Pitch and Black As Pitch by Steven Grant
The pitch that sold Postcards by Jason Rodriguez to Random House
Pitch Document for Feeding Ground by Lapinskin, Lang and Mangu
Pitch Document for Luther Strode by Justin Jordan
Pitch Document for Tumor by Josh Fialkov
Pitch Document for Archenemies by Melbourne
Pitch Document for Hawaiian Dick by B. Clay Moore 
Pitch Peek: The Intrepids by Kurtis Wiebe
The Proposal (Part Two) by Mark Waid
Slushpile by Jennifer DeGuzman
Submissions: The 5 Page Trap by Ty Gorton
The Submission Guidelines For Every Comic and Manga Publisher In The Universe
What Editors Look For In A Submission by John Freeman

The Plot

Craft ‘Notecard’ Story Structure Plotting by Ben Towle
It’s Three Acts All The Way Down by Brian Clevinger
The Plot (Part 2) by Steven Grant
The Plot (And How To Hide It) and How To Work A Subplot by Chuck Dixon
Writing The Plot (Part 2, Part 3 ) by Marv Wolfman


Decompressed by Kieron Gillen
iFanboy: Make Comics
The Process

Sample Scripts

Comic Book Script Archive
Dark Horse Script Guide (PDF / Word)
Dark Blue by Warren Ellis
Judge Dredd: Origins Script by John Wagner
Phonogram 2.1: Pull Shapes Script
Various Sample Scripts by Dwayne McDuffie
Writing Samples by Anina Bennett


Anatomy Of A Comic Book Panel by Brian Clevinger
David Lapham's Process Via Comic Book Script Archive
How To Write A Full Script for a Comic Strip and Plot Style by Dave A. Law
The Mechanics Of Writing Comic Books (Part 2, Part 3)
The Page And How To Work It and More On The Page Turn by Chuck Dixon
Paneling, Pacing and Layout in Comics, Part 2 by Rivkah
Plot To Script: This Is How I Do It by Cullen Bunn
The Process by Antony Johnston
Scripting The Light Fantastic by Marv Wolfman
The Ten Commandments Of Comic Book Scriptwriting by Chuck Dixon
Writing Comic Books Marvel Style by John Rozum


ComiXology website for submissions
Creating Comics: Advice for First Time Creators
Graphicly, a former competitor to ComiXology, has changed its strategy to work with self publishers

Writing Columns

The Basement Tapes by Matt Fraction and Joe Casey
Bolts & Nuts by Steven Forbes
Come In Alone by Warren Ellis
Cullen Bunn on Creating Comics by Cullen Bunn
Dixonverse Articles by Chuck Dixon
Newsarama Process Pieces
Points Of Impact by Yannick Morin
The Proving Grounds by Steven Forbes
Strange Love: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying About Breaking Into Comic Books
Waid Wednesdays by Mark Waid
What Th-? by Marv Wolfman
Where The Hell Am I? by Jason Aaron

Writing for Comics

Advice on Writing Comics and Breaking In by Brian K. Vaughan
Breaking In Without Rules by Kurt Busiek
Breaking Into Comics: Staying In by Colin O'Mahoney
Breaking Into Comics: Pitching Professionally by Colin O'Mahoney
Breaking Into Comics: Getting Started by Colin O'Mahoney
Brutal Tips On Breaking Into Comics by Gail Simone
Comic Storytelling Tips by Lee Sullivan
Comics Storytelling Tips That Work by John Freeman
Creating Your Own Comic 101: Scripting
Finding The Story by Gerard Jones
How 2 Rite Gud by Andy Mangels and Jonathan Clements
How Comics Work: The Fight Scene (Part 2, Part 3, Part 4)
How I Got Here & Advice You Didn't Ask For by Ed Brisson
How I Start Writing (and eventually finish a story) by Joshua Dysart
How To Break Into Comics? An Answer by JT Krul
How To Survive Writing A Graphic Novel by Grady Klein
No Golden Biscuits (Breaking In) by Chuck Dixon
On Writing For Comics by Kurt Busiek
Rambling About How I Write Comics (Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, and Part Five)
Script Writing by Jeph Loeb and Alan Moore
So You Want To Be a Writer? by Ron Marz
Survival Tips For The Newbie Writer by Gail Simone
Top 10 Writing Tips For Comic Book Writers by Kris Simon
What A Comics Script Is For by Warren Ellis
Writing Comics by Mike Baron
Writing Comics by Tony Lee
Writing Comics Warren Ellis interviewed by Neil Kleid
Writing Comic Books by Barry Lyga
Writing for Comic Books and Animated Films by Adam Beechen
Writing For Comics by Anina Bennett
Writing For Comics by Joe Edkin

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