A selection of scripts from Antony's graphic novels and comics, which you may find useful. Dates refer to when the script was written; publication year may differ.
Artists: click here for a sample script aimed at you.
Act I of the script for the Shakespearean graphic novel JULIUS. This script shows Antony's original script format (JULIUS was written entirely in Final Draft, before he switched to Scrivener), and is a good example of how to direct an artist you've never worked with before.
This script for issue #9 of WASTELAND shows a later format, with some tweaks. The style is also looser and more casual — by the time this was written for Christopher Mitten, he and Antony had been working together for almost a year.
SHADOWLAND: BLOOD ON THE STREETS uses the same essential format, despite Antony switching 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.
The debut issue of UMBRAL. Another format tweak, though still easily recognisable. Stylistically, though, this script is extremely informal — by this time, Antony and Christopher Mitten had produced around 700 pages of comics together. See the writer's notes for this issue on tumblr.
In 2005 Antony wrote a five-page sample script for use by artists entering that year's Oni Press talent search at Comic-Con San Diego. After some format cleaning, it's now freely available for all artists who want to practice, or draw submission pages, by working from a 'real' script.
Comic script templates
Scrivener features a built-in Comic Script template which Antony designed in conjunction with the developer, based on his screenplay-like format. Click here for articles showing how to use it.
Final Draft now includes some graphic novel templates with the application, but they are rather perfunctory and old-fashioned. Antony continues to use his own.
NB This template was originally designed for Final Draft v8 on Mac OS X. It should run on later platforms and versions, but we can't guarantee that, and we 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 our fault. By downloading the template, you agree to this disclaimer.
Thanks to the release of Scrivener for iOS, Antony no longer uses this format for comics. Nevertheless, this simple template for the Fountain plaintext markup language can be useful when you're travelling and all you have to hand is a plain text editor.
Software designed to use Fountain:
• Highland, a screenwriting app and PDF converter from John August, one of Fountain's creators. Highland v2 contains its own built-in Graphic Novel script that is very close to Antony's format.
• Slugline, a screenwriting app from Stu Maschwitz, another of Fountain's creators.