Since I wrote The Light (if you haven’t read it you can find it in the menu above) I’ve been getting all kinds of feedback, mostly good (with a predominance of “MOAR!”) but with a lot of people asking: “where’s the dialogue?” “if there’s no dialogue what did you write?”. So I thought I’d tell all my readers (ha!) more about comic book writing, to clarify my role in the creative process.
There are two ways to write comic books. I’m sure some of you think that every author has his own unique method and blah blah blah… but you have to admit that there are two distinct categories, which are very different:
- First we have the Alan Moore method. It’s not like he invented it and he isn’t the only one who uses it, but he is probably the best comic book writer in the world so I feel pretty safe naming it after him. But I’m getting lost. The Moore method consists of a detailed description of every single panel, so YOU decide how many panels are in every page, which scene deserves a double splash page and every other detail. That is in addition to dialogue.
- Next we have the Grant Morrison method. He also didn’t invent it buuuut he’s the only author I know who uses it. With this method the writer gives up the role of director and just generally describes what the artist should draw in a flow sort of way… it’s very hard to describe, and I couldn’t find any examples online… if you can you should check out Batman: Arkham asylum 15th anniversary edition, which has the script at the end.
Since I am a perfectionist and a borderline OCD control freak I always use the Moore method.
To let you better understand my work I’ve uploaded on mediafire the script for The Light, so anyone interested can read it http://www.mediafire.com/view/?wl2xwd7l90oa9bf
I know it’s in Italian, I’m Italian, Bernardo is Italian so it was the most practical thing to do. But still if you wanna take a closer look to a script I advise The Killing Joke by Alan Moore, I know he’s from an entirely different planet but I write with the same method so it’s still a good reference.
Now that you know how awesome the background of my work is, head up to The Light and read the final product!