Thursday, May 27, 2010
Book Report: Panel One: Comic Book Scripts by Top Writers
I'm not calling this a "comic book report" because, even though it is a collection of comic book scripts, it is not itself a comic book. Did I just blow your mind?
Anyway. It's very instructive to see how differently every writer approaches his or her script; as Nat Gertler says in his introduction, comic book scripts are direct lines between writers and artists, and each particular relationship influences the way that communication works. Sometimes it reads like a story pitch, and sometimes it's all visual descriptions. There's not a single "correct" or standard way to write these things.
I was highly amused by the fact that Greg Rucka felt the need to include actual endnotes in his script for Whiteout: Melt. Neil Gaiman and Kurt Busiek are brilliant, even in this stripped-down presentation. And Kevin Smith's script is about what you'd expect.
Buy the book: Powell's, Amazon (affiliate links)