For any writer who wants to become an expert comic-book storyteller, The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics is the definitive, one-stop resource!
In this valuable guide, Dennis O’Neil, a living legend in the comics industry, reveals his insider tricks and no-fail techniques for comic storytelling. Readers will discover the various methods of writing scripts (full script vs. plot first), as well as procedures for developing a story structure, building subplots, creating well-rounded characters, and much more. O’Neil also explains the many diverse formats for comic books, including graphic novels, maxi-series, mega-series, and adaptation. Of course, there are also dozens of guidelines for writing proposals to editors that command attention and get results.
Dialogue is important. It lends color, depth, wit, and meaning to the narrative. It explains. It clarifies. It helps create the illusion that what's on the page is a person, and not just some ink. Shakespeare told good stories, but what we remember, what makes Hamlet more than just a kid with problems is the poetry, rendered as dialogue.
Excerpted from The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics by Dennis O'Neil. Copyright © 2013 by DC Comics. Excerpted by permission of Watson-Guptill, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
About Dennis O'Neil
For more than 20 years, Batman editor and writer Dennis O’Neil has put the “dark” in the Dark Knight and has been the guiding force behind the Batman mythos. He has been called a master of the comics form, and the dean of American comics writers. A best-selling novelist and screenwriter, O’Neil currently teaches a course in comic book writing at Sarah Lawrence College. He lives in Nyack, New York.