My “Rules” For Comic Scripting

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. Read More

Posted by cullenbunn on February 02, 2015  /   Posted in Process, Uncategorized

ECCC Nerdist Writer’s Panel

sixth gun helheim1

One of the highlights of this year’s Emerald City Comic Con was participating in the Nerdist Writer’s Panel along with Ben Blacker (our host), Kelly Sue DeConnick, Greg Rucka, and Matt Fraction. It was a great panel with a lot of insight into our different approaches to outlining and world-building. The recording of the panel is now available for your listening pleasure.

You can check it out here (we’re the Comics Edition #38: Emerald City Comic Con edition).

Posted by cullenbunn on April 12, 2014  /   Posted in Interviews and Reviews

Script: Helheim #1

helheim1It’s about time I shared another of my scripts, don’t ya think?

Presented here is the entire script for the first issue. I haven’t changed a thing since I first sent it off, so you’ll see all the errors and typos in their ugly glory. It might be interesting for you to compare this script to the script for The Sixth Gun, which I posted some time ago.

If you haven’t read Helheim, now’s the time! You can purchase issues on ComiXology right now. Read the first issue to compare the art to the script, then read all the rest because, y’know, they’re awesome.

Here’s the script!

Helheim 1 (.doc format)

I hope this is helpful! If you’re an artist interested in putting together sample pages based on this script, I’d love to see what you do! If you’re a writer, please let me know if this proved useful for you! For more about my process, check out the “plot to script” post i did a few weeks back!


Posted by cullenbunn on January 26, 2014  /   Posted in Comics, Process

This Is My (Writing) Boomstick!

1805676-drake_sinclair“The seventh gun calls forth madness upon the page.”

I like reading about the tools other writers use while they’re working at home or on-the-go. I’ve gleaned more than my fair share of ideas from this look inside the lives of other professionals. With that in mind, I present a look at the “weapons of war” I can’t live without.

My Primary Workspace

My home office. In the cold basement of my house. It needs a bit of an overhaul. Needs to be modernized quite a bit. It’s spacious, though, and has a nice, big window. It contains my library of books and graphic novels, more than a few old toys (I call it flea market chic), a small TV, a recliner, and a fireplace (which is really nice this time of year). I work at a decent-sized desk (facing away from the window and TV so I don’t get distracted) that gets waaaaaaay too cluttered the busier I get.

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Posted by cullenbunn on January 22, 2014  /   Posted in Process

HELHEIM – The Original Proposal

No two proposals for comic book series are alike, and the original proposal for HELHEIM illustrates that quite well. I’m presenting the pitch here as it originally appeared.

If you’re familiar with the book, you’ll notice a few distinct differences between this concept document and the final product. Even the name of our hero was different at this stage of the game.

If you’re not familiar with the book, watch out! Spoilers abound.

Looking at this proposal, I think it’s actually a little too short. I think a little more detail might have served the idea a little better. But the end result–getting the publisher to ask for more information on the book–was achieved. So this one goes down as a success… even though I cringe a little when reading it now.

Here ya go! Read More

Posted by cullenbunn on October 18, 2013  /   Posted in Comics, Process
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