writing

Visual Scripting: video training – FREE template download

Visual Scripting is a method for natively writing comics and other visual narrative media in physical space, envisioning layout, and better utilizing physical elements of books (such as page turns)…without drawing.

YOU ARE HERE: a “comics window” gives your writing grace and power

What you need is a new point of view. Reorganize, pare down, dramatize, and reassess your work. This activity is designed to tear away the layers and give you new clarity on what you’ve really written. You can use this method to streamline and make your work zoom, or you can use it to build a rock-solid skeleton on which to build layers of clear and specific description.

July 13th 2015

workshop, writing

Hey artist, how do you make it work?

Like most artists I’ve met, I’m kind-of-secretly obsessed with how other artists make their lives work (financially, structurally). So I was pretty interested to read this article, The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur, from earlier this year in the Atlantic. Despite the scare-tactic headline (“What if the latest model to […]

“authenticity,” expat life, and (not) going native in France

If you ask, I’ll tell you: you should go live abroad somewhere for a while. The thing is, when you live abroad, your perspective on home changes, and is complicated to the point that “home” starts to require scare quotes.

Using Scrivener to create fictional comics

A huge portion of my writing process doesn’t happen on the comics page, and all that stuff I do in Scrivener.

visual scripting: using InDesign to write scripts native to comics

Learn to write comics directly in page layouts without (necessarily) drawing. Stay attuned to the visual: draft comics in words and design simultaneously.