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Sample scripts

A selection of scripts from my graphic novels and comics, which you may find useful. Dates refer to when the script was written; publication year may differ. Artists: click here.

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, before I switched to Scrivener), and is a good example of how I direct an artist I've never worked with before.

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.


This format for SHADOWLAND: BLOOD ON THE STREETS is barely changed again, despite my having switched from FD to Scrivener in 2007. This script was another case of working with a new artist, so some of the direction is quite formal and detailed.

UMBRAL #1 (2013) »

The debut issue of UMBRAL. Another format tweak, though still clearly recognisable. But in terms of style, this script is extremely informal by my standards — by this time, Christopher Mitten and I had already made around 700 pages of comics together. See the writer's notes for this issue on tumblr.

For Artists

Sample ‘Horror’ Comic Script »

In 2005 I wrote a five-page sample script for use by artists entering that year's Oni Press talent search at Comic-Con San Diego. I've cleaned it up and made it freely available for all artists who want to practice, or draw submission pages, by working from a 'real' script.


Scrivener »

Scrivener features a built-in Comic Script format which I designed in conjunction with the application's author, based on my own screenplay-like method. Click here for articles showing how I use it.

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.

NB 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.

Additional links:

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.

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