When you’re creating a story, the first challenge is collecting that one big idea in your head and laying it down in a format people can follow. I lay out my stories in blocks on Dramatica Pro 4.0, but I’ve been using that program for years. Other writers like clear outlines and templates to lay out their story from start to finish.
When you’re working with other artists, they have to be able to take your pages and your direction and lay the art in a clear linear fashion that not only tells your story to the readers, but excites, inspires, and leaves them wanting more. In comics and movies, stories are first laid out in storyboard format.
Download a MS Word document by clicking here, or a PDF by clicking here. This sample script has a couple of uses:1) Pencillers wanting to submit samples may use it in order to draw a good variety of different scenes.2) Writers may use it as a template for the standard comic book script format. Also, please include a letter stating your request for samples to ink and send it to this address: Submissions c/o Dark Horse Comics 10956 SE Main Street Milwaukie, OR 97222 Due to the large volume of submissions Dark Horse Comics receives every week, we cannot guarantee a quick turnaround time. If an editor is interested in working with you, you will be contacted.
So if you’re worried that it’s too late to jump into the game, you’re wrong. Grab a pen or a tablet or jump on your computer and start writing.
Always have a clear idea of your intro, your start, your story and your finish.
If you need to visualize your script in storyboard to get a good grasp of how to tighten that up, I have some suggestions.
(American Library Association Best Graphic Novel for Teens), and Cowboys & Aliens (with Andrew Foley), the basis for the feature film.
His many other titles include Weird Detective, The Comic Book History of Comics, The Incredible Hercules (with Greg Pak), Taskmaster, Marvel Zombies and The Amazing Spider-Man.
So — keeping in mind there is no “right” or “standard” way to format a comics script — here’s templates on how I do it.