Writing for Comics

Learn How to Write Comics at Langara College

Writing for Comics I & II are being offered again at Langara College, taught by Cloudscape board member and author Bevan Thomas. If you want to learn how to better write your own comics and graphic novels, tell an effective narrative, and properly balance the relationship between words and art, then sign-up for his classes at the Langara College Graphic Novels & Comix page. Classes are starting at the end of this month, but there is still time to register. We hope to see you there!


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The Strength of the Comic Medium

By Bevan Thomas

In his screenwriting guidebook Story, award-winning screenwriter Robert McKee discusses the relative strengths of various storytelling mediums, and deduces that live theatre is the medium best-suited for detailed dialogue, novels and short stories for character introspection, and movies for visual subtext observed by witnessing characters’ behaviour and their environment as opposed to what they say or think. It’s an interesting theory, and certainly novels allow us smooth access to characters’ thoughts in a way no other medium does, while movies and television display a private and highly visual world and plays are certainly primarily about conversation and monologues. There are, of course, exceptions such as the movie My Dinner with Andre, which entirely consists of two people discussing philosophy in a restaurant, or the television show Dexter, which makes extensive use of a voice-over narrations to get inside the protagonist’s head. However, despite such productions, McKee’s analysis rings-true as a general overview, if not as all-encompassing as he implies.

What then is the storytelling specialty of comic books?