Comic Writer’s Guide

After an accumulated 2 year perfect 5 star rating, Amazon issued a new product number and removed all reviews for the Working Writer’s Guide to Comics and Graphic Novels. When brought to their attention, they said, “sorry, not sorry, start over.” The book is still available there if you prefer, otherwise you can order direct right here.


Clear.Concise.Essential. A much-needed, must-have compendium for aspiring comic book writers.” — Dan Berger, Former Managing Editor, Heavy Metal

“This book provides aspiring comic book scripters with all the tools they need to create compelling, dynamic stories with an emphasis on visuals. Clear, concise tutelage, advice and guidance. These are the building blocks, heroes! Follow Nick to produce exciting comic book magic.”– Chuck Dixon, Punisher, Batman, and a few others

Read this, take a look at what you’ve written and see it with new eyes.” — Jim Shooter

“Buy and read this book, and learn something. I did!.” — Howard Mackie, Ghostrider, Spider-Man, and a few others

A must read. For anyone looking to refine their skills as a comic writer.” — Martin Chuzz, Owner Convict Comics


Stan Lee, Frank Miller, Alan Moore, Marv Wolfman, Gail Simone, Roy Thomas, Dennis O’Neil, Walt Simonson, Louise Simonson,  Peter David, Chris Claremont, Warren Ellis, Neil Gaiman, Geoff Johns, Mike Mignola and more…

These comic writing legends have shaped the very fabric of society and made many of us who we are today… as writers and as individuals.

This book hopes to inspire a new generation of writers, supplying the practical tools and real-world insights to follow in the footsteps of such giants… and perhaps make a few imprints of their own.

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If you purchase the book, coming back to this page and leaving a review at the bottom of the page is always appreciated.

The Working Writer’s Guide to Comics and Graphic Novels is a 90 page, graphic novel sized paperback, filled with supplemental images that showcase the concepts discussed.

The Digital Edition of the The Working Writer’s Guide to Comics and Graphic Novels is a 173 page PDF. The digital edition contains everything in the print book, plus a number of the articles from the website, as well as some new edits and additions.


Here’s what other people say about the Working Writer’s Guide to Comics and Graphic Novels.

Most of these reviews were pulled from Amazon, where the book enjoyed a 5 star perfect record and more reviews than Stan Lee’s book on writing comics. Sorry Stan, it just blows my mind every time I say that! (Before the Amazon reset.)

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the Working Writer’s Guide to Comics and Graphic Novels  discusses:

  • The 10 fundamental rules to comic scripting.
  • The 4 key elements to every single comic panel.
  • Script format (my template is available for dl in the writing craft section).
  • Core writing elements necessary for good script execution (Jeopardy, tension etc.)
  • The story beat and pacing.
  • Characters and dialogue.
  • Things to remember, things to avoid and a Q&A section.
  • Sample breakdown taking part of a comprehensive outline to comic script.
  • Visual reference guide of camera angles and shots.

Storycraft for Comics—everything you need to know to discover and outline your story.

Guide to Comics and Graphic Novels—everything you need to know to take your outline to successful script.


If you buy the book and have any questions on the material presented or on some other aspect of comic writing, drop me a line. I’m very active in supporting the book and answering reader questions.

After all, I write these books to help folks. So, whenever I have a free minute between projects, I’m more than happy to respond to questions, either here on the site in a post or directly in email. I also spend more time than I should on social media (those green buttons somewhere on the right).


SAMPLE PAGES

Want to know exactly what you’re getting in the book? Here’s a sample PDF of a few randomly selected pages from the book.

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