When I’m writing comics, there are a few guidelines I try to follow. These are ideas I’ve pulled together while writing hundreds of scripts, reading great comics, reviewing scripts, and talking to artists and other writers. They aren’t hard and fast rules. I break ‘em all the time! But keeping them in mind helps me feel like I’m in control of my life.
I offer some of them now in hopes that you’ll find them useful in your own comic scripting endeavors. Maybe you’ll find them helpful. Maybe not. You might disagree with them completely! And that’s all right.
What follows (no pun intended) is the first piece of short fiction that I ever sold. I had been paid money to write before. My first paid writing gigs were articles for Fangoria and White Wolf Magazine. But this was the first time I’d been paid money for one of my short stories!
“Followers of the Serpent” was a Lovecraftian/western mash-up slated to appear in Eldritch Tales Magazine. The tale is an obvious homage to Joe R. Lansdale’s “Dead in the West,” a story I read (and still read) over and over again.
The first issue of my new ongoing series HELLBREAK comes out in March. It features wonderful art by Brian Churilla. The colors from Dave Stewart pop like nobody’s business. I think the story and characters are interesting (if I do say so myself). The first issue is extra-sized, and the book has a price tag of just $1 for the first issue, and there are some really amazing variant covers available.
But that’s not enough.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… it is crucial that you pre-order this book if it seems like something you might be interested in trying. Pre-orders let the comic book retailer know that readers are interested in a title. It also tips them off that other readers might want to check the book out, too. Heck, with so many books coming out each month, sometimes your pre-orders can be the first time a retailer even hears about a book!
And for only a dollar? Why not give it a try?
To pre-order a book, all you have to do is give your comic book shop a call and tell them to place a copy of HELLBREAK #1 on hold for you. The order code they need is JAN151526.
But to make it even easier for you, I’ve included a handy-dandy order form. Just print it off, take it to your shop, and wait with baited breath for the first issue to hit the stands!
Next week, issue 14 of MAGNETO hits the stands. The issue features a show-down between the Master of Magnetism and the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. who have been pursuing him. Buckle up! I talked to the good folks at Newsarama about the issue, and you can read the interview here.