Antony Johnston dot com header graphic - author photo by Charlie Chu Antony Johnston

New York Times bestselling author of graphic novels, video games, and books. Read Antony's bio.

 

Sample scripts

A selection of scripts from my comics, which you may find useful. Dates refer to when the script was written, not publication.

JULIUS (2003)

Act I of the script for my Shakespearean graphic novel JULIUS. This script shows my original script format (JULIUS was written entirely in Final Draft — see below), and is a good example of how I direct an artist I've never worked with before.

JULIUS Act I script (PDF).

WASTELAND #9 (2006)

By comparison, this script for issue #9 of WASTELAND shows a later format (much the same, but with some tweaks) though the style is looser and more casual — by the time this was written, Christopher Mitten and I had been working together for almost a year.

WASTELAND #9 script (PDF).

SHADOWLAND: BLOOD ON THE STREETS #1 (2010)

This format for SHADOWLAND: BLOOD ON THE STREETS is barely changed again, though the software was different; by this point I'd been writing entirely in Scrivener for three years. This script was another case of working with a new artist, so some of the direction is quite formal and detailed.

SHADOWLAND: BotS #1 script (PDF).

UMBRAL #1 (2013)

The debut issue of UMBRAL. Again, the format is tweaked, though still clearly recognisable from the very first sample. But this script was for Christopher Mitten, and by that time we'd made around 700 pages of comics together. So in terms of style, this is (for me, anyway) exceptionally informal. There are also writer's notes for this issue on tumblr.

UMBRAL #1 script (PDF).

TEMPLATES

Scrivener

Scrivener features a built-in Comic Script format template which I designed in conjunction with the application's author, and is based on my original Final Draft template. Click here for articles showing how I use this template.

Scrivener website

Final Draft

Final Draft now includes some graphic novel templates with the application, but in my opinion they are rather poor and old-fashioned. I continue to use my own template, as explained above.

Final Draft template

N.B.: This template was originally designed for Final Draft v8 on Mac OS X. It should run on later platforms and versions, but I can't guarantee that, and I don't support it in any way. The template is supplied as-is, with no warranty or indemnity given or implied. If Final Draft breaks or your computer blows up, it's not my fault. By downloading the template, you agree to this disclaimer.

Fountain/Highland/Slugline

Although I no longer use it (thanks to the release of Scrivener for iOS), I created a quick comics template in the Fountain plaintext markup language, which can be handy when you're travelling and all you have to hand is a plain text editor.

Fountain comics format template

Slugline, a screenwriting app designed to use Fountain natively from Stu Maschwitz, one of Fountain's creators.

Highland, a Fountain-based screenwriting and PDF conversion app from John August, another of Fountain's creators.


Go back to the For Writers index.