What Does a Comic Book Script Look Like?

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Comic book script is usually written inside a dialog bubble, whether the dialog is spoken out loud or simply thought by one of the characters. Practice writing legibly to fill in comic book script with drawing advice from a professional cartoonist in this free video on illustration and comics.

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Hi, I'm Bill Connolly, and I'm your cartoonist and artist extraordinaire. Ever wonder what a comic book script looks like? As you go through the different phases of it, it kind of starts with a square, and this covers everything, from superhero strips to humor strips. What I do is I already have a grid set out, where the lettering looks good spaced out. And, let's say you got Batman about to jump off the building. I have to keep it simple. We're doing this in less than three minutes. One guy standing on one building and Batman's going to get set to jump off this one. I would pencil it in, and I would say...and, lettering looks like this. My dad was a sign painter, so I like to letter. And he's going to say "Uh, Batman, uh...I wouldn't jump if I were you." Might put some tears coming out of Batman, like he's worried. And now I'm going to put the balloon in, and that could be either a round balloon, like that, or you can make it like a cloud balloon like that. So you see how it's set up. I'm ready to put my other character in there on the other building. I have a scene of, maybe, the city down below. And, maybe, Batman's temporarily lost his superpowers and he's wondering whether to jump. He's got his logo on, too. But that's how you set up the dialog. That's what a cartoon comic strip script looks like, and I'm Bill Connolly, your artist and cartoonist extraordinaire. Thanks for watching.


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