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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 ...


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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.


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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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