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Short Comics (6-8 pagers) Recommendations/Tutorials

edited March 2013 in The Toolbox
I'm looking to start off by writing short comics (6-8ish pages), but am looking for good examples to dissect/reverse-engineer. And/or any decent how-to books on short story writing (prose or comics). Any recommendations? And I'll say that I'm leaning towards done-in-one stories that don't require the reader to know the character beforehand.

I have some EC/Warren anthologies on my shelves, and some Spirits. Any other recommendations?

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  • "Future Shock" stories from 2000 A.D. are one of the classic examples of the stand-alone comics short-short (2-3 pages).  Most of the British-invasion writers of the 1980s/1990s cut their teeth writing those.
  • The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics
    Writers on Comics Scriptwriting Vols. 1 and 2
    Artists on Comics Art
    My comics ONE LAST THING and DAILY GRIND, short pieces that have the scripts in the back
    The QUEEN AND COUNTRY scriptbook
    The DEMO scriptbook

    Any of a number of comics scripts are available online.
  • Look at actual short stories outside of comics, too. Read some O Henry, catch some short films, watch an anthology TV show. Writing is writing, short stories are a format, comics is just a medium to write in.
  • Thanks people!

    Turns out I've already got almost all of the books Russell mentioned (just the DC one is missing I think...). I'd forgotten about the 2000AD Future Shocks/Time Twisters, so I dug out my Alan Moore trades of those. I agree with Josh about just taking in short fiction in all mediums, so I'm dusting off my Twilight Zones and the like. I'll check out the rest of the stuff mentioned. One thing I also ran across that I had and hadn't thought of was McCloud's MAKING COMICS, which is probably more artist-driven than writer-driven but seems to be pretty informative about what thinking should go INTO the comic (whether drawn by you or someone else).

    This is all helpful!
  • My advice: 

    Sit your ass down and write some short stories.
  • That is the plan for today!
  • Good man. :)

    When Is tarted writing shorts I noticed a definite learning curve. The first one was bloody difficult, the second one was tough... and then after a few more I could just sort of do it.

    Artist management, on the other hand... I still haven't worked that one out.
  • It's like that Gary Oldman speech in True Romance about killing people. :) 
  • In addition to what everyone else has suggested:

    1. Come in Alone (Warren Ellis)
    2. Adventures in the Screen Trade (William Goldman)
    3. Watch The West Wing, Rocky, and The Phantom Menace (The first two will teach you all about economy; the last one will teach you what happens when you let hubris get in the way of what you already know about telling a good story.)
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