WA Podcast 121 – Scripting Styles & Techniques

Solving Webcomic Issues We All Face.

Today’s discussion…

Creating your own comic scripts.  Byron chats about depression in today’s political world. Then we talk about scripting styles and techniques. Christina mentions storyboarding by Hayao Miyazaki and it’s very cool. Check out samples from Google images here: Hayao Miyazaki Storyboarding SamplesLiz uses the free version of CELTX scripting software found here: https://www.celtx.com/. Also, Robin offers creative scripting consulting services at her company Moko Press.


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  1. I used to use a bare-bones text file, which I foolishly just deleted once the comics were published. That was fine when I was doing seat-of-the-pants scripting and I only had five comics or so planned.

    These days I work very far in advance (around 100 comics scripted at the moment), so a text file would have gotten ridiculous. Instead, I’m using a spreadsheet on Google Sheets without a header row – this way I can easily pick up a comic I used to have as #27 and move it to #21 if I feel like it fits the story flow better. I also have other columns to keep track of story arcs, make post notes, and color-code by POV character to keep the overall project balanced. The only disadvantage to a spreadsheet is that you have to remember to manually trigger the spellcheck. 🙂

    My scripts themselves are pretty simple – almost entirely dialog, with a few visual cues when needed. Writer-Me leaves the labor of visually constructing the scene almost entirely to Artist-Me. I tend to naturally edit the scripts as I go along and the final edit happens when I am putting words into bubbles – that’s where a lot of that flowery language and unnecessary dialog gets squeezed out!

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