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How To Write Comics And Graphic Novels by Dennis O'Neil #18 – Aren't They All?
The result is stories that make characters who are as familiar as yesterday seem as fresh as tomorrow." Okay, so much for the history lesson, and by the way…why did I indulge in the memory lane trek, anyway? Isn't this whatever-it-is supposed to be about writing? Well: suspect that imaginary stories, in one form or another,[...]
How To Write Comics And Graphic Novels by Dennis O'Neil #17 – Making Pictures
You don't want Queen Elizabeth taking like the Hulk.)  Do some fussing around. Finally: You may have to write some transitional captions or other kinds of bread-and-potatoes stuff.  Remember that, although an adaptation, your story should be well and clearly told.  Then act appropriately. Dennis O'Neil teaches a ten week course on Writing Comics And Graphic Novels[...]
How To Write Comics And Graphic Novels by Dennis O'Neil #14 – Serial Killers
Those readers are putting your kid through college—not nice to annoy them. There is abroad in the land a strange hybrid of serial and complete-in-one episode story.  You might see an  example on television today, or even see it discussed here next week. Dennis O'Neil teaches a ten week course on Writing Comics And Graphic Novels at[...]
How To Write Comics And Graphic Novels by Dennis O'Neil #12 – Creating A Narrative
Next week, we'll have a look at O'Neil's Industrial Strength Can't Fail Super Homogenized structure for a single-issue superhero story and from there, we'll proceed on to other kinds of structures.  Kindly remain on the tenterhooks… Dennis O'Neil teaches a ten week course on Writing Comics And Graphic Novels at the New York University[...]
How To Write Comics And Graphic Novels by Dennis O'Neil #11 – A Reading List
Dennis O'Neil has a long history in the comics industry as both a writer and editor He's best known for writing Green Lantern/Green Arrow and Batman, through the seventies, Spider-Man in the eighties and for editing Batman-related titles in the nineties A widely published novelist and screenwriter, he is currently lecturing[...]
How To Write Comics And Graphic Novels by Dennis O'Neil #10 – End Times
We grope around until we find something that works for us and we use it until it doesn't and then we grope some more. My favorite mantra: There is seldom any one absolutely, inarguable, unimpeachably right way to do anything. There's just the way, whatever it might be, that's okay for here and[...]
How To Write Comics And Graphic Novels by Dennis O'Neil #9 – Continuity Day
You don't want to bore your readers with irrelevancies and you don't want to distract them from narrative elements that are important. My, my, and aren't I just the little doctrinaire munchkin during the holiday season! Dennis O'Neil teaches a ten week course on Writing Comics And Graphic Novels at the New York University Classes[...]
How To Write Comics And Graphic Novels by Dennis O'Neil #8 — Bester
Which means that you are not as important as the story and neither are your writers.  Of course, the story wouldn't exist without them, and I'm not suggesting that we eliminate editors from the process, either; it's nice having a backstop.  But getting the best possible story, given constraints of talent and circumstance–that's the prize. Dennis[...]
How To Write Comics And Graphic Novels by Dennis O'Neil #7 – A Beached Hero
(And later writers who chose to emphasize other aspects were also doing a proper job.) But ickiness for the sake of ickiness? Maybe best not to try this at home. Dennis O'Neil teaches a ten week course on Writing Comics And Graphic Novels at the New York University Classes are every Wednesday evening from 6.45pm to 9pm.[...]
How To Write Comics And Graphic Novels by Dennis O'Neil #6 – Whoever Knows Fear…
The Fantastic Four's Thing might solve a crime by bashing someone while Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot might solve the same crime by mentation–employing those "little gray cells" he was so fond of. We'll return to character-building next time. Dennis O'Neil teaches a ten week course on Writing Comics And Graphic Novels at the New York University[...]
How To Write Comics And Graphic Novels by Dennis O'Neil #5 – Network King
There's what works here and now, in these circumstances, and what doesn't. Dennis O'Neil teaches a ten week course on Writing Comics And Graphic Novels at the New York University Classes are every Wednesday evening from 6.45pm to 9pm For further information, please call NYU's School of Professional and Continuing Studies at Studies at 212[...]
How To Write Comics And Graphic Novels by Dennis O'Neil #3 – Homogenized For Safety
That poor schlump has been after his wife's killer for eight seasons.) Next week, more on long-form stories. Dennis O'Neil teaches a ten week course on Writing Comics And Graphic Novels at the New York University Classes are every Wednesday evening from 6.45pm to 9pm, starting tonight For further information, please call NYU's School of Professional and[...]