Sample comic scripts

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 you can work from.

JULIUS (2003) »

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.

WASTELAND #9 (2006) »

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 artist 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.

UMBRAL #1 (2013) »

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 more than 700 pages of comics together. See the writer's notes for this issue on tumblr.

For Artists

Sample ‘Horror’ Comic Script »

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 »

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 »

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.

Fountain/Highland/Slugline »

The Fountain plaintext markup language was created by John August and Stu Maschwitz for use in screenwriting. Antony uses it to this end for screenplays, but this template shows how the format can also be used for comics.

Software designed to use Fountain:

Highland, a screenwriting app and PDF converter from John August. Highland also now contains its own built-in Graphic Novel script which is similar to Antony's template format.

Slugline, a screenwriting app from Stu Maschwitz.

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