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Graphic novel? Am I nuts to try?

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Dionna

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HI Lee!

You're right, all of these titles are for wrter/artists and even for those who want to learn to draw comics. I tried drawing a few samples! Ha!

There's great advice for writers, not just for graphic novelists, in both DRAWING WORDS & PICTURES by Jessica Abel & Matt Madden, and in MAKING COMICS by Scott McCloud. Advice about narrative arc, forward movement, world building, character design, etc. I wouldn't say one is better for writers only than another. I do like how in Abel's book she breaks down graphic-novel terminology. Both discuss the juxtaposition of word and image within a panel to tell a sequential story, which is helpful, I think, for PB writers too.

I did find a script guide for writers regarding formatting that is very helpful for writers only. VERY helpful: https://www.darkhorse.com/Company/Submissions#writers Click on the PDF download link for the formatting guide. Maybe other publishers would want the novel formatted differently, I still think it's great at showing how a GN text-only ms should be laid out.

Please share your findings! :dogwalk
#31 - July 25, 2016, 08:00 PM

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Dionna:  GREAT info! Thank you!
#32 - July 26, 2016, 10:30 AM

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News about Scholastic's graphic novel contest here, thanks to Vonna:

https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?topic=81402.new#new

#33 - July 31, 2016, 12:24 PM

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