Writing a Graphic Novel Hollywood Will Buy

writing a graphic novel hollywood will buy

Online Class

 Convert your screenplay into proper comic book format
 Create high-quality artwork that brings your story to life
 Learn about pencilling, inking, coloring, and lettering

Course Description

Comic books are red hot in Hollywood now. Numerous movies including Sin City, 300, Road to Perdition, Hellboy and Men In Black started out as indie comic books. The hit TV show The Walking Dead was also a graphic novel series.

With its combination of words and visuals in one attractive package, a comic book can be a great sales tool when pitching your project to movie studios because it’s easier for busy executives to see beforehand what the movie or TV series will look like.

Today, it is much easier to sell a graphic novel than a spec script. With a comic book in hand, you separate yourself from the huge crowd of new screenwriters that only have a spec script to peddle. Studios are looking for pre-branded properties with an existing fan base. You need to build an audience and generate buzz prior to submitting your material to producers. And comic books are a great, low-cost starting point to develop your story world.

Writer Martin Shapiro (Chopper, Lair of the Fox) will take you inside the comic book industry and teach you everything you need to know to get started, including how to:

  • Convert your screenplay into proper comic book format
  • Hire a good artist
  • Lay out the panels for maximum impact
  • Construct the visual elements like a film director
  • Create vibrant character designs
  • Color the pages like a cinematographer
  • Do dialogue balloons and sound effects
  • Create amazing cover art
  • Calculate a production budget

The instructor will demonstrate the tools and skills necessary to create high-quality artwork that brings your script to life. Class handouts will include legal contracts you can use when working with artists.

Most of this insider information is NOT available in books or online.

For both the live class and the online webinar, the instructor will bring in a guest speaker for Q&A for the last 30 minutes of class, typically a high-level writer or a senior editor from a publishing company. Prior guest speakers have included Scott Mitchell Rosenberg (producer of Cowboys and Aliens, Men In Black), Marc Guggenheim (writer on No Ordinary Family, CSI: Miami, Flash Forward), Andrew Cosby (creator of the TV series Eureka and co-founder of comic book publisher BOOM! Studios), and David Wohl (Editor-In-Chief of Radical Publishing).

Price: $129

Course Options

This class is available in 2 formats:

1. Live Webinar

An instructor-led course that takes place through our learning management system at a scheduled date and time. You have the ability to ask questions and interact with the instructor. The question–and–answer session normally occurs during the last 15 to 20 minutes of the webinar. If applicable, homework assignments can be emailed to the teacher for feedback.

Next Class Date:

Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EST)

2. On-Demand Video

A streaming video recording of the class for people who can't commit to a specific day and time for regular class meetings or who wish to get started immediately. These self-paced instructional videos include the same PowerPoint presentations and other course materials as the live lectures, only without teacher feedback or the ability to ask questions. The benefit of the videos is you can rewind and fast forward to particular sections, and rewatch the class as many times as you want 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any computer or mobile device.

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Teacher - Martin Shapiro

Martin Shapiro

Martin Shapiro created the horror comic book series Chopper, and sold the movie rights to it. As part of an ambitious transmedia launch, the prequel to Chopper was produced as a web TV series starring Tyler Mane (Halloween, X-Men). Mr. Shapiro’s action-thriller screenplay Lair of the Fox was optioned by Ilya Salkind (Producer of Superman). Mr. Shapiro has written and developed projects for MGM, HBO and numerous production companies including an adaptation of Dragonlance, the New York Times bestselling series of fantasy novels with sales of 22 million copies. He received a Master’s Degree in Screenwriting from UCLA.