How do you pitch a comic book idea? How do you write a script? We enlisted two seasoned comic pros to answer those questions in this four-week workshop.
Your Instructor: Alex Segura (Archie comics) and Alex de Campi (Bad Girls)
Where: Online — Available everywhere!
When: November 8, 2018 - December 6, 2018
Enrollment: 16 students
"I've got this great idea for a comic book..."
You've heard it before. Maybe you've even said it yourself. But has the thought of actually converting your concept into an actual comic book you can hold in your hands scared you off? Well, allow us to demystify the process—from concept to script, with two of the top pros in the industry at the help.
We know what you've been wondering. What do I need to shop a comic idea—a script? Artwork? How many pages? What format? Where do I send it?
If it gets accepted—how do I write the script?
We've recruited Alex Segura, an editor at Archie Comics and its genre-defying Dark Circle Comics imprint, to walk you through the basics, from tightening up your concept, to whittling down what you include, to getting your pitch in the right hands.
Alex is the author of the Pete Fernandez crime novels, and has also written a number of comic books, including the best-selling and critically acclaimed Archie Meets Kiss storyline, which USA Today called "a thoroughly entertaining (and wonderfully bizarre) story", as well as the “Occupy Riverdale” story, as well as Archie Meets Ramones.
Then, taking you from idea to first issue script, is Eisner- and Bram Stoker-nominated comics writer Alex de Campi. Alex brings her years of experience of comics writing, plus lecturing on the art of comics writing at SVA and Writers Digest, to take your project from good to amazing.
Vulture said about her recent noir Bad Girls (with Victor Santos, from Gallery Books / Simon & Schuster) that "de Campi and Santos are near absurdly good at depicting sexiness in word and form", and Publishers Weekly called her writing "masterful". She's also published everything from horror (Grindhouse at Dark Horse, and Archie vs Predator), teen survival thrillers (No Mercy, Image Comics), superheroes (Sensation Comics feat. Wonder Woman), and love (Twisted Romance, Image Comics). She specializes in tight, thrilling, page-turning stories that have an intensely cinematic feel.
Basically, if you ever thought about getting into comic books—this is going to give you the ground game to do it right. Each week will include assignments, to be critiqued by your instructors, and opportunities for Q&A along the way.
What This Class Covers
WEEK 1 - Creating the pitch
Alex Segura will give you the tools to make your daydream get a step closer to reality. You'll write a sample pitch based on these discussions and he'll give you feedback.
WEEK 2 - What now?
You've got a pitch, what do you do with it? Segura will give you general guidelines on dealing with editors—including over email, at shows—as well as insider tips on what they look for. The class will conclude with a review of your revised pitch based on Segura's notes.
WEEK 3 - The Elements of a Script
Your pitch is polished, you know your targets. But what happens when an editor asks for the first script? More and more, editors expect you to have a first issue ready, and sample art drawn. Can't do that without a script. Alex de Campi will teach you the elements of what goes into a script and help you get to work on writing your first issue!
WEEK 4 - From Good to Great
You wrote a script. It's a thing. It exists. Now, armed with feedback from de Campi, you can elevate it from a stack of printed pages to a really strong, unique piece of work. You'll also overview how to find and work with artists.
Goals Of This Class
- Develop a better understanding of what comic editors are looking for
- Find out what goes into a comic book pitch
- Learn how to pitch your idea the right way
- Figure out what to include—and what not to include
- Learn the basics of writing a comic book script
- Refine your script to hook in new readers (and editors), and stand out from the crowd
LitReactor offers a unique approach to a writing education: You study what you want, when you want, at your own pace. We bring in veteran authors and industry professionals to host classes covering a wide range of topics in an online environment that’s interactive and flexible. You get detailed feedback on your work and take part in discussions in a judgement-free zone. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an experienced writer, our workshops are about working together to achieve your writing goals.
Where do classes take place?
Entirely online. So, anywhere you have Internet access.
Are there certain times when the whole class needs to "meet" online?
Nope. Our students come from all over the globe. Everything is posted online and accessible 24/7. (We do occasionally schedule phone chats, but try to reach a consensus on timing.)
What does a typical class consist of?
It varies, but nearly all our classes include weekly lectures, homework assignments, peer reviews, critiques from instructors, and discussion forums.
How much experience do you need to take a class?
Beginner or pro, everyone is welcome. We encourage all skill levels.
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