Description of Class
Sequential storytelling—the hidden art in telling a story through the marriage of words and pictures, from one panel to the next—is the beating heart of the comics medium. But how does sequential storytelling work, and what is the language of comic books?
This four-week course, taught by Michael Moreci (Star Wars, Wasted Space, Superman, Archie, and more), is designed to teach writers the basics of how comics work and how to the best comic writers—from Alan Moore to Warren Ellis, Jack Kirby and Stan Lee—craft their stories.
Students will write and rework their own short comic scripts, crafting them so they’re ready to be drawn for the sequential page.
Week 1: The Basics. What is sequential storytelling and how are comics different from any other medium?
Week 2: The Language. We’ll take a deeper look at the language of comics and start to look at how scripts are formatted, how they read, and how they’re ultimately interpreted by artists on the page.
Week 3: First Draft. By this point, writers will have produced a fairly well-designed short piece of work. We’ll work on revising them in class while also examining some of the medium’s seminal works to better understand the many ways a comic story functions.
Week 4: Completion. In this final class period, writers will have a revised their script and will have a clearer knowledge of the art of comics and the comics industry itself.
Each week will involve some amount of workshop time, ranging from minor to major; some minor reading between classes will be suggested.