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On Writing: Kurt Busiek




Posted by Kris Madden Categories: Editorials, Independent

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I’ve always been a fan of “How to” articles, books, blogs, etc. I blame my dad for my addiction to the DIY lifestyle. As a kid, I would browse through comics with awe and wonder. They were the most beautiful things that I had come across; with vivid colors and pages of action sequences. Why wouldn’t I love them?

Even though I racked up quite a collection, I confess: I never read them. I looked through them and admired their artwork often, but considered the dialogue sections of comic books the “boring parts”.

It wasn’t until I was older that I began reading comics, and while some were tacky and cheesy, others were thoughtful and intriguing. My attitude changed quickly and I became obsessed with comic writers.

When I went to the local comic shop I looked for names like Moore, Miller, Busiek, and Brubaker. As I read more, I wanted to learn how they wrote comic books.

So here are links to Kurt Busiek’s comic book writing advice, which I have enjoyed. They’re a great resource for anyone looking start writing their own comic books.

A little background on Kurt and his article:
Kurt Busiek, an Eisner award winning writer, provides great writing advice to authors who interested in penning their own comic strips. You may remember “Astro City” or “Marvels”, he’s the guy behind the Alex Ross watercolors.

In his article, Busiek provides writers with advice on how to think about writing for comics. He offers advice on how to set up scenes and break them down into pages and panels.

In part two, he provides examples of comic book scripting and ways in which translate your ideas into the sequential art format. If you’re interested in writing comics, this is a great article to have on hand.

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