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Writing 301: Formatting by FelipeCagno Writing 301: Formatting by FelipeCagno
A little quick about formatting your comic script. I do mention in there that there isn't really a standard since each publisher and writer have their own way so don't take this as the absolute standard, this template is what works for ME.

I suggest you read some comic scripts out there and note the differences between an Alan Moore script to a Geoff Johns and then figure out which works best for you.

Thanks for reading!

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Kizyoi Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
See I really want to make a comic (maybe a short, four-panel comic stripe to start off with) but I can never come up with a page......basically, placing the panels is impossible for my mind to process.  It's like staring at a brick wall and telling it to sprout legs and walk out of the way to me.

Thanks for this all the same!  :heart:
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FelipeCagno Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Professional
You got it!
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Kizyoi Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can I ask a question...if you're not too busy?
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FelipeCagno Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Professional
Sure, I will get to it whenever I can, fire away :)
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Kizyoi Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks.  :)  How exactly do you come up with a page?....I mean, like, placing panels and such.  I have such a hard time figuring out how to set them up so that it moves with the story, you know?
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FelipeCagno Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Professional
I'm sure that when you're writing a script, you're visualizing it in your head. You just put that down on the page... It helps to study as well, you might want to check out a book called "The 5 Cs of Cinematography". It's aimed for filmmakers but very useful to think of a script visually and how to break up the shots/panels.
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Kizyoi Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the book!  I'll check it out the second I can get to a book store!  :D
I find it particularly easy to come up with the script for my books.  It's just whenever I start trying to draw up the layout for the page and what size to make the panels and such...I just draw up a huge blank.  It can really be seriously stressful because I got all these really cool ideas but when it comes to drawing out the layout I just can't seem to put it down.
Thanks so much for all the advice.  It's really helped me out a lot, especially all these 'how to plan out your story' posts.  My other story, just a book (not a comic 'cause it doesn't have the feel for becoming one), has really improved so much thanks to your help.
Again, thank you, thank you, thank you!  :heart:
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FelipeCagno Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Professional
You are very welcome :D
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SeanE Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Also giving the script to the colourist is a good idea. I've only once had that done but it made colouring the panels so much easier as you had the context and story to help set mood, lighting, colour selections etc. beats having to guess and wing it all the time
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FelipeCagno Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional
I can't imagine the colorist working without the script, that's insane! I always make sure to send the script to everyone involved with the comic :)
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LooneyTunerIan Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Question: How many panels per page should there be? To limit the comic page?
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FelipeCagno Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional
An average of 5-6 panels per page is the ideal, more than that and you start limiting your artist unless you are going for a specific narrative function, such as several small panels with little details only like a door knob or the stamp in a letter.
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LooneyTunerIan Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Ok, so... 5 to 6 panels. Right?
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FelipeCagno Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional
Yep :highfive:
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LooneyTunerIan Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Ok, thank you.
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LooneyTunerIan Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
You should submit this to #ComicTeamUp. :)
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FelipeCagno Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional
I think someone already did :)
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jazzmanchazz Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
I love this writing sample. Thx.
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FelipeCagno Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional
Thanks so much, I'm glad you find it useful! :)
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AlexLuvsArt Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
i would freak out if i saw this and the writer said to draw it. Kinda crazy how an artist can put this together visually.
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FelipeCagno Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional
Yep, totally crazy and genius ;)
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purpleblack-fox Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Ooooh, so this is what a comic script looks like, I've been wondering... This is very interesting. When you read it, it's like you can already see the complete page in your mind, so the writer must have pictured it before writing it down... Seems like an awful lot of work!
Ok, now I'm off to see if I can find more stuff like that in your gallery :)
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FelipeCagno Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional
Glad you enjoyed this article! :hug:
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alice-time Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is incredibly helpful. Thank you.

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FelipeCagno Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional
Sure thing, thanks for reading :)
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