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comic writer / graphic novelist?

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I love writing scripts - comics, graphic novels... have published a few with a book packager. But I still am not sure if I can call myself a graphic novelist because I don't (can't) draw... thoughts? If it is true, then what do I call myself - comic writer?

#1 - March 08, 2014, 11:01 AM
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You're a writer. Period. Some of your manuscripts have been published as graphic novels, some as comic books.
#2 - March 08, 2014, 01:55 PM
Harold Underdown

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Thank you, Harold. You'd think I would be clear on this, after 10 years in the field!

#3 - March 10, 2014, 01:05 PM
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It's interesting how often this question comes up. A lot of folks think that comics and GNs (as well as picture books) require a double-threat writer/artist. That's almost never the case. Agents and editors don't even want to know if you doodle on your desk blotter let alone if you can or want to illustrate your work. For them it's all about the script.
#4 - April 04, 2014, 08:51 PM
Jonathan Maberry
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