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Writing a Graphic Novel Seminar

graphic novel seminarComic books are red hot in Hollywood now. Numerous blockbuster movies including Sin City, 300, Road to Perdition, Hellboy and Men In Black started out as indie comic books. The hit TV show The Walking Dead was also a graphic novel series.

With its combination of words and visuals in one attractive package, a comic book can be a great sales tool when pitching your project to movie studios because it’s easier for busy executives to see beforehand what the movie or TV series will look like.

Today, it is much easier to sell a graphic novel than a spec script. With a comic book in hand, you separate yourself from the huge crowd of new screenwriters that only have a spec script to peddle. Studios are looking for pre-branded properties with an existing fan base. You need to build an audience and generate buzz prior to submitting your material to producers. And comic books are a great, low-cost starting point to develop your story world.

Night Owl founder Martin Shapiro will be teaching an online class for screenwriters called "Writing a Graphic Novel Hollywood Will Buy" starting on Dec 1, 2012 through the Writers Store.

This 5-hour crash course covers everything you need to know to get started, including how to:

  • Convert your screenplay into proper comic book format
  • Hire a good artist
  • Lay out the panels for maximum impact
  • Construct the visual elements like a film director
  • Create vibrant character designs
  • Color the pages like a cinematographer
  • Do dialogue balloons and sound effects
  • Create amazing cover art
  • Calculate a production budget

The instructor will demonstrate the tools and skills necessary to create high-quality artwork that brings your script to life. Class handouts will include legal contracts you can use when working with artists. Most of this insider information is NOT available in how-to books or online.

Prior guest speakers have included producer Scott Mitchell Rosenberg (Cowboys and Aliens, Men In Black), comic book writer and screenwriter Marc Guggenheim (Green Lantern, No Ordinary Family, Flash Forward, Eli Stone), Andrew Cosby (creator of the TV series Eureka and co-founder of BOOM! Studios), and David Wohl (editor-in-chief at Radical Publishing).

Seating is limited, so don't delay if you're interested in attending. To enroll, visit the Writers Store website.

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Chopper Book Signing in Manhattan Beach

Screenwriter Martin Shapiro will be at The Comic Bug signing copies of his new horror comic book series, CHOPPER. This autograph event will take place on Wednesday, October 26 from 6-9 pm at The Comic Bug at 1807 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. For more information, please call 310-372-6704.

The first 25 people to arrive get a free copy of the limited edition Chopper prequel one-shot ORIGIN OF CHOPPER featuring a painted cover by Tony Mauro and 25 pages of sequential art by legendary colorist Drew Posada, his last book before he died.

Follow Us on Twitter @NightOwlComics or Like Us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NightOwlComics for exclusive sneak peeks of future Chopper pages and prizes.

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Chopper Book Signing in Hollywood

Screenwriter Martin Shapiro will be at Meltdown Comics signing copies of his new horror comic book series, CHOPPER, followed by a Q&A about how he sold the movie rights. This autograph event will take place on Wednesday, October 5th from 6-9 pm at Meltdown Comics at 7522 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046. For more information, please call 323-851-7223.

The first 50 people to arrive get a free copy of the limited edition Chopper prequel one-shot ORIGIN OF CHOPPER featuring a painted cover by Tony Mauro and 25 pages of sequential art by legendary colorist Drew Posada, his last book before he died.

Follow Us on Twitter @NightOwlComics or Like Us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NightOwlComics for exclusive sneak peeks of future Chopper pages and prizes.

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