Comicbook Script Format – TIP

A skillful artist can translate a screenplay into a comic. Said artist can translate just about any text into a comic… but don’t delude yourself into thinking a screenplay is a comic script. They are two completely different beasts.


I recently had a new client, who was both writer and illustrator of his book, getting negative responses to his comic pitch package. His script format is a total mess. He didn’t think format was significant because he was his own artist…

Well, for the writer artist, that’s exactly why format does matter, anytime someone important is putting eyes on the script. Yes, the comic has other faults, but his “I do it my way” included script samples are not helping him in any way.


People always barking at me “There’s no right way to write comics.” Then I see a panel description like this:

“Panel 2: The front of the house.”

I mean for the love of God, it’s not even a complete sentence. There are standards.▪

About the Author —
Nick Macari is a full-time freelance story consultant, developmental editor and writer, working primarily in the independent gaming and comic markets. His first published comic appeared on shelves via Diamond in the late 90’s. Today you can find his comic work on comixology, amazon and in select stores around the U.S.  Visit for social media contacts and news on his latest releases.