There exist on the internet a good few resources on how to break into writing comics—many of them linked at The Beat’s own resource page—but there is always room for more, especially more by The Wicked + The Divine’s Kieron Gillen, who is writing some of the best comics out there these days. But if I had a nickel for overtime I’m asked on a panel”How do you wroite comics?”I would have many a nickel, and I’m sure Gillen’s pile of nickels (or pence) would be Scrooge McDuck sized.
I get asked of how to write for the comics form a lot, and have put a bunch of advice in a bunch of different places. I want to put it all in one place. This is a work-in progress thing, which I’ll try and add to as things occur to me. Failing that, I’ll be using a Writer Advice tag from now on so you can click that.
This is how I started. Warren Ellis’ seminal – by which I mean in its real sense rather than my usual use of “flecked with semen” (Though with Warren, you never know) – COME IN ALONE column featured a three part sequence on how to write comics.
This was my in. I still think it’s a good in for you.
Gilled notes that much of Ellis’s advice from 1- years ago is now outdated, especially pitching, which would be a huge column all in itself.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.