I see this question all of the time. People who read comics think that writing them would be a cool job. Always the question turns to them asking how to break into comics as a writer?

They see Robert Kirkman being interviewed after the latest Walking Dead episode and think man that guy looks like he got rich and famous from writing comic books. And he pretty much did.

What people don’t see is that writers that have gotten to the level where there original material is now a movie or T.V. show have been working on the craft for years and years. Writing every single day. Grinding it out. Just like any other job that someone gets really good at you have to put in the work.

We aren’t talking about breaking into a bank vault here where one day you decide to write comics and the next you are writing the Batman for DC comics.

You have to love writing comics so much that you would do it even if you had to do it for free for the rest of your life. Like the character Shoeless Joe Jackson said in Field of Dreams “I’d a played for food money.”

You have to start writing and learning how to tell stories because you love it. In Stephen King’s book “On Writing a Memoir of the Craft” Mr. king says you have to do two things. You have to read a lot and you have to write a lot.

Check out Stephen King’s On Writing here

I would recommend this book to anyone with aspirations of becoming a writer of any kind weather it be comics or prose writing.

I would recommend starting with some small short stories. Maybe five to ten pages. Learn how to write panel descriptions. These descriptions basically will describe to your artist what they will be drawing in each panel.

With a nice short story of this length you will learn how to create a compelling beginning, middle, and end to your stories. Plus it is a cool challenge to learn how to tell a good short story in such a small space. I learned how to write short comics by reading collections of the old 2000 A.D. future shocks. If you look back at those stories you will see that many of today’s most well known comic writers started to learn their craft by writing shorts.

Check out the 2000 A.D Future Shocks Here

Here is a collection of Alan Moore’s Future Shocks stories

Once you get a few scripts written you will need to learn how to connect with and hire artists to work with. I found artists to work with in Facebook groups when I got started.

Remember as far as art goes, the artists are going to be putting hours of work into your project. You will want to compensate them based on their skill as an artist as well as their ability to get quality work done on time.

Get one of those short comics completed with art, colors, and lettering and then begin looking around for places that might consider publishing your work. Probably a comic anthology that collects a number of short stories would be the best place to start.

The steps identified above will allow you to learn the process of creating comics. When you feel that you could tackle a longer project you will have all of your experience of writing short comics under your belt.

Now try writing a full twenty two page issue or planning and outlining a short two to three issue series. Something that you can self publish and start gaining readers. As your skills of story telling improve so will the offers for you to potentially do some work with some of the bigger named publishers.

Like I said above, you aren’t going to write a comic and all of the sudden get the job of writing a Marvel or DC’s headline characters. Build your skills and your craft. Keep working and if you stick with it long enough maybe one of those companies will have no other choice than to notice you.