The #1 online resource for aspiring and working comic writers.

Learn to write comics, better.

You probably haven't heard of Nick. That's ok, he hasn't heard of you either.

You're gonna find a ton of opinionated, real-world, practical advice below.

Listen to it.

Back in his skater days in NYC, Nick had bright purple and green hair, wore baggy pants, and a long chain, and didn't care what anybody thought about him.

And still doesn't.

He's not interested in being famous. Improving his image. Or buying a fancy car.

This is great news for you. It means he's NOT gonna tell you what you want to hear, so you shower him with praise and likes and buy his stuff, instead, he's gonna tell you what you NEED to hear. The unpopular, uncomfortable stuff that will actually help you improve.

See, Nick's a story guy. That's who he is and what he does. And he's spent hundreds upon hundreds of hours breaking down tips and techniques to help you become a better writer.

These articles all talk comic shop. But Nick tells us when you understand the concepts discussed, you can apply them to any medium. He does, with great success.

All the articles on this site are broken into three tiers or classes;

Writing Craft Tips, Techniques and Discussion

Discovery and Structure

Advice on beginning your journey.

Advanced Class.

  • Pitch Your Climax
  • Goals Not Problems
  • Gravity of the Story
  • More on Master Theme
  • Streamline your Outline
  • Character Profiles
  • Stories That Matter
  • The Best Way to Name

Professional.

Story Fundamentals

The cornerstones of story.

Advanced Class.

  • Surprise and Foreshadowing
  • Fix your Flashbacks
  • Point of View and Captions
  • The Super Trifecta
  • Effective Subplots
  • Hooks and Cliffhangers
  • Scene Sizes

Professional.

Story Mechanics

Building off story fundamentals.

Advanced Class.

  • Dramatic Narrative Emphasis
  • Delayed Inciting Incident
  • Pacing Primary Escalation of Violence and Action

Professional.

Script Execution Technique

Specific methods on building out scripts.

Advanced Class.

  • 10 Core Rules to Writing Comics - [Download]
  • Dual Name Characters
  • Sample Scene Breakdown
  • Visualizing Panels
  • Talking Slick, Hip and Breaking the 4th Wall
  • Double Page Spreads
  • A Lesson in Visual Writing
  • Comic Book Script Download - [Download]
  • Writing Natural dialogue
  • Engaging the Reader in 22 Pages

Professional.

Process

Broader discussion of technique.

Advanced Class.

  • 5 Tips for Writing Female Protagonists
  • Works in the Movies, not in Comics Part 2
  • Writing to Strengths and Weaknesses
  • First and Last
  • Don't Kill Your Darlings
  • Fictitious Terms and Exotic Proper Names

Professional.

Tips

Shorter but no less important bits of "across the board" advice.

Economics of Comics

The business and financial side of comics (and writing).

Advanced Class.

  • How to Find Comic Writing Work
  • How to Find an Artist for your Comic Script
  • The Thousand Dollar Page Rate
  • Kickstarter for Comics

Professional.

Miscellaneous

Everything else.

Professional

All the Professional Level articles can be accessed in their appropriate categories above. The entire course is listed directly below for quick reference.

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