Writer

The writer is the one who writes the script for the story. They are also often in charge of plotting the dialogue and the action. This has to be done in a way that can be understood by the artists, so they can accurately present the visuals.

Overall, the writer depicts, in words, the direction of the story. They are an important part of the labor force within the industry because without them there would be no stories or clear sense of direction for the artists.

Script
Figure 1. Section of the script for a Batman story arc, Legends of the Dark Knight: “Chicks Dig the Bat”, by writer Adam Beechen. Source: Sample Comic Book Scripts. Scripts and Scribes.

This section of a script shows the work of writer Adam Beechen, as he clearly lays out the story from the beginning, by setting things up. It is done in a way that can be understood by the penciler and the letterer, as can be seen with the labels: “Panel 1” and “CAPTION”, followed by the story and dialogue. The first section of the script, “Panel 1” is detailed in order for the artists to know what to draw and what colors or shadings to use on the character and for the setting of the hallway. Following, the two captions are clearly written for the letterer.

The cooperation between writers and artists is important to the storytelling. Writers are putting trust in other people to help with the storytelling of the comic. This is something that writers for Marvel comics encounter, as they use the “Marvel Method” of writing, in which they plot the story and the artist draws everything out and works out the story freely.

REFERENCES

Lee, S. The Marvel Method. Web of Stories. http://www.webofstories.com/play/stan.lee/22;jsessionid=3958472B41B17C3C448265871E5D5B9F.

Lyga, A. & Lyga, B. (2004). Graphic novels in you media center: A definitive guide. West Point: Libraries Unlimited. (Glossary).

Van As, T. (2013). Glossary of comic book terms. Retrieved from How To Love Comics, http://www.howtolovecomics.com/comic-book-glossary-of-terms/ .

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