Secret Origins: How to Write Comics and Graphic Novels with NYT Bestselling Author Paul Benjamin

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Times: 3:30PM-6:30PM
$65/$55 WLT/SCBWI Member

Paul Benjamin

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Whether you love comic books, graphic novels, comic strips and/or movies based on comics, Austin-based comic book author Paul Benjamin wants to help you bring your comic book ideas to life. How does writing for comics differ from other forms of writing? How do comics get made? How can I find an artist with whom to collaborate? Will publishing a comic help me sell my film script or book rights to Hollywood? What steps do I need to take to make a comic and get it in front of readers?

Writing a comics script can use very different muscles from other forms of writing. Whether you’re interested in breaking into comics and writing your favorite superhero or want to create a stunning graphic novel, this introduction to writing comics will give you the knowledge and tools you need to get started on your story’s Secret Origin.


In this three-hour intensive course, you’ll learn:

  • How comics get made
  • How comic book writing skills can improve any kind of writing
  • How to write a comic book script (template provided)
  • How to find and work with artists
  • How to create (and sell!) a mini-comic
  • How to meet and pitch editors so you can get published

Be sure to bring a web ready device and be ready to write. We’ll be starting your comic book script in class by writing comic book short story scripts.

Who should take this course:

  • Writers interested in creating sequential art narratives (comic books, comic strips, graphic novels, etc.)
  • Writers of all genres
  • Writers interested in applying comics writing skills to other forms of writing (brief dialogue, visual storytelling, implied action, etc.)


Praise for Paul:

“Paul was extremely prepared and knowledgeable…This class went above and beyond!” -Comic Book Writing Attendee

“Paul has written a lot of stuff so knows what he’s talking about!” -Comic Book Writing Attendee

**Terms and conditions: Please note that all Writing Barn classes and events are nonrefundable and nontransferable to another class. You may transfer your attendance to another writer.**

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paul benjamin bioPaul Benjamin is a New York Times bestselling author who has written and produced comics and video games for diverse properties including many Marvel characters such as Hulk, Spider-Man, and Wolverine, as well as Star Wars, Star Trek, Starcraft, World of Warcraft, the Muppets, Monsters, Inc., G.I. Joe, and more. His first prose short story appeared in The Protectors anthology. His original manga series Pantheon High was a YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens nominee. He’s currently a staff game writer at Daybreak Games and is also writing comic strips featuring various Disney princesses for the aptly named comic book series Disney Princess.