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A comic -- web or paper, cartoon strip or sophisticated graphic novel -- is a different medium from conventional written stories. The biggest difference is that it's hard to do exposition; those long explanatory passages that you could slip into a novel don't fit into a few panels. It's also hard to convey nuances like meaningful gazes. So think about the ...


scene (notes to the illustrator) action (notes to the illustrator) dialog You know, this sounds like a script, so write a script, nothing more, nothing less.


Joe Sacco, an excellent comic artist (printed, not web), does sometimes do “illustrated narrative” comics, where there’s quite a bit of writing in narrative form, not dialogue, but the illustration still dominates (so it’s still a comic, not an illustrated novel). You have to get to the fourth page of Gunnerkrigg Court before you see any dialogue. Before ...

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