Dan Hill

Comic Writer Services 2.0 **(Updated 14/07/14)**
Oct 6, 2014

Credit and thanks to Caleb Monroe for compiling the original list.

If there are any suggestions, dead links, or amendments for the list let me know via email.

I also co-run a process-centric tumblr, Process Junkie with Ryan K Lindsay if you're into that kind of thing.

Origin story!

The Engine Archive

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Writing for Comics (General)

Breaking In Without Rules by Kurt Busiek

Survival Tips For The Newbie Writer by Gail Simone

Comic Storytelling Tips by Lee Sullivan

So You Want To Be a Writer? by Ron Marz

Finding The Story by Gerard Jones

How To Break Into Comics? An Answer by JT Krul

What A Comics Script Is For by Warren Ellis

Writing for Comic Books and Animated Films by Adam Beechen

Writing Comics by Mike Baron

No Golden Biscuits (Breaking In) by Chuck Dixon

Comics Storytelling Tips That Work by John Freeman

How To Survive Writing A Graphic Novel by Grady Klein

Writing For Comics by Anina Bennett

Writing Comic Books by Barry Lyga

Creating Your Own Comic 101: Scripting

Rambling About How I Write Comics- Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, and Part Five

How I Start Writing (and eventually finish a story) by Joshua Dysart

Brutal Tips On Breaking Into Comics by Gail Simone

Breaking Into Comics by Colin O'Mahoney: Part One: Getting Started, Part Two: Pitching Professionally and Part Three: Staying In

John Ostrander's Comic Script Tips

World-Building: The Three Key Elements by Paul Allor

Three Rules for Writing Visually by Ron Marz

Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Tips for Writing: Ultimate Comics Writer’s Workshop

Jamie Colville's MP3 files A huge resource of various craft related convention panels.

Comic Writing 101 by Ryan K Lindsay

My Future Shock Hell: Breaking Into 2000 AD (And What I Learned While Doing It) by Alec Worley

ADDED 14/07/14 The Comics Survival Kit

Writing Columns

Where The Hell Am I? by Jason Aaron

The Proving Grounds by Steven Forbes

Bolts & Nuts by Steven Forbes

Points Of Impact by Yannick Morin

Newsarama Process Pieces

Waid Wednesdays by Mark Waid

Come In Alone by Warren Ellis

What Th-? by Marv Wolfman

The Basement Tapes by Matt Fraction and Joe Casey (a personal favourite of mine)

Dixonverse Articles by Chuck Dixon

Strange Love: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying About Breaking Into Comic Books by Jeremy Holt

Creating Comics 01: Cullen Bunn on Creating Comics by Cullen Bunn

The Idea

Establishing Your Core Idea by Jim Zubkavich

The Idea by Steven Grant

So Where Do You Get Your Ideas? by Marv Wolfman

Where Do You Get Your Ideas? by Chuck Dixon

Theme: what's in it for your? by Alec Worley


Characters and Characterisation by Steven Grant

Developing Characters,Villains Intro, and Once, Twice, Three Times A Bad Guy by Chuck Dixon

The Plot

Craft ‘Notecard’ Story Structure Plotting by Ben Towle

It’s Three Acts All The Way Down by Brian Clevinger

The Plot Part 1 and Part 2 by Steven Grant

The Plot (And How To Hide It) and How To Work A Subplot(s) by Chuck Dixon

Writing The Plot- Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 by Marv Wolfman


Plot To Script: This Is How I Do It by Cullen Bunn

The Process by Antony Johnston

Anatomy Of A Comic Book Panel by Brian Clevinger

The Mechanics Of Writing Comic Books - Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3

Scripting The Light Fantastic by Marv Wolfman

The Ten Commandments Of Comic Book Scriptwriting by Chuck Dixon

David Lapham's Process Via Comic Book Script Archive

Writing Comic Books Marvel Style by John Rozum

The Page And How To Work It and More On The Page Turn by Chuck Dixon

Paneling, Pacing and Layout in Comics, Part 2 by Rivkah

Comic script formatting: Here's what I do... by Alec Worley

How I Write Comix by Fred Van Lente

How Do You Do That? by JM DeMatteis

Sample Scripts

Comic Book Script Archive

Dark Horse Script Guide PDF and Word

Dark Blue by Warren Ellis

Various Sample Scripts by Dwayne McDuffie

Writing Samples by Anina Bennett

Judge Dredd: Origins Part 1 Script by John Wagner

Phonogram 2.1: Pull Shapes Script by Kieron Gillen

Original 2000AD Scripts Thread

SAVE HIM - Script & Monsters & DREDD CLOSET & SUPERMAN SAVIOUR by Rob Williams

Zero #2 by Ales Kot

Sixth Gun #1 by Cullen Bunn

The Making of Five Ghosts by Frank Barbierre

Batman #0 by James Tynion IV

DREDD Scripts by Rob Williams

Cabal Two Parter Script by John Freeman

Pitching And Submissions (including sample pitches)

Pitch for Hawaiian Dick by B. Clay Moore


DV8 Pitch/Proposal by Micah Wright

Pitch Document for Tumor by Josh Fialkov

Pitch Document for Feeding Ground by Lapinskin, Lang and Mangun (I REALLY recommend people take a look at this, it's a beautifully put together document).

Pitch Peek-The Intrepids by Kurtis Wiebe

Inside Out by Ed Brisson

The Proposal: Part One and Part Two by Mark Waid

The Submission Guidelines For Every Comic and Manga Publisher In The Universe

The Original Proposal for Sixth Gun by Cullen Bunn

The Original Proposal for Helheim by Cullen Bunn

The Pitch for Luther Strode by Justin Jordan

First Casualty by Jeremy Holt

The Pitch by Warren Ellis

The Pitch and Black As Pitch by Steven Grant

Do, or Do Not; There Is No Try by Larry Young

Getting Your Submission Read by Erik Larsen, Devin Grayson, John Ostrander and Chuck Dixon

Slushpile by Jennifer DeGuzman

What Editors Look For In A Submission by John Freeman

Here Comes The Pitch(Part One), Part Two, Part Three and Part Four by Jim Zubkavich


The Job Of The Comic Book Editor by Mark Waid

How To Talk To An Editor and A Little Convention Etiquette by Chuck Dixon

Pitching At Conventions by John Freeman

Breaking Into The Big Two by Tom Brevoort and Johanna Draper Carlson

Digital Comics

How To Host Your Own Webcomic by D.J Coffman

The Broadcast Of Comics by Warren Ellis

Truly Digital Comics by Mark Waid

Writing For Digital by Mark Waid

Thoughts on Digital Comic Formatting, Pace and Flow by Jeremy Rock


The Process

Decompressed By Kieron Gillen

The Paper Wings Podcast

Make It Then Tell Everybody by Dan Berry

Let's Talk Comics by Jim Viscardi

Comics Experience Podcast: Make Comics

ADDED 06.10.14 The AskComixTribe Show video show/podcast on the craft and business of making and selling comics.

Crowd-Funding Your Work (Kickstarter, IndieGoGo)

How To Kickstarter by Keith Knight

How to: A case study for a first time Kickstarter: Part One and Part Two by Spencer Tomaya.

Reddit AMA's

Brian K. Vaughan

Matt Fraction

Sam Humphries

Jim Zubkavich

Charles Soule

Andy Diggle

Brian Clevinger

Kurtis Wiebe

Justin Jordan

Cullen Bunn

Alex De Campi

Brandon Seifert

Kieron Gillen

Nathan Edmondson

Brandon Graham

Joshua Fialkov

Nick Spencer

Michael Moreci

Joss Whedon

David Liss

Tim Seeley

Chris Roberson

Howard Chaykin

Christos Gage

Greg Rucka

Landry Walker/Eric Jones

Fred Van Lente

Eric Powell

Chuck Dixon

Joe Harris

Kelly Sue DeConnick

Joshua Williamson/Mike Henderson

Matt Kindt


[How To Co-Create Comic Books](http://www.parkerspace.com/2012/02/13/how-to- co-create-comic-books/) by Jeff Parker

Comic Book Grammar by Nate Piekos

On Ongoing Superhero Comic Accessibility by Kieron Gillen

Scrivening Comics by Antony Johnston

Everything You Wanted To Know About Comic Book Marketing by Justin Jordan

Making Comics: Why I’ve Failed So Far by Josh Flanagan

Short Comics by Joe Casey and Matt Fraction

Fill-Ins, One Shots, and Inventory Stories by Chuck Dixon

Staying In After Breaking In by Joe Casey and Matt Fraction

Grant Morrison Interview Archive

Getting Things Written by Antony Johnston

Theme and Setting by Steven Grant

DMZ #4 Notes by Brian Wood

Reactive Writing,Staying Connected Vs. Getting Lost, and Endings by Joe Casey and Matt Fraction

Openings And How To Work Them and Stupid Gun Mistakes EVERY Writer Makes by Chuck Dixon

Writing Action Scenes by John Rogers

Modus Operandi by Ryan Ferrier

Just Make It Happen by Joey Esposito

The Working Woes Of a Letterpunk

The Reality of Mainstream Creator-Owned Comics by Jim Zub

How I Do It by Charles Soule

Things I’ve learned so far…Part 1 and Part 2 by Daniel Clifford