This was probably the panel I was looking forward to most. I love listening to Bendis talk about comics and creating. He teaches a graphic novel writing class at PSU. I would love to sit in on that awesomeness!!
started the panel with a clip from Adaptation, the somewhat
autobiographical Charlie Kaufman movie. It was the scene where Nicolas
Cage, portraying Charlie Kaufman, goes to a writing seminar and Brian
Cox tears into him.
it’s true. There are crazy ass things going on every day in life.So
many people don’t even realize all the amazing, crazy experiences they
are having every day. Open your eyes every once in awhile and see the
wonderful world, good AND bad, all around yourself!!
do you want to write?” This is one of the first things Bendis asked.
“Why?” Are you doing it for fame? For money? To have people like you?
There are always people that are going to hate you, that are going to
send you hate mail. Someone once said, If you haven’t pissed someone off
then you aren’t doing it right. I agree. You shouldn’t worry so much
about making people upset. Haters are gonna hate.
also talked about keeping it real. A friend of mine was once telling me
about some new songs he was writing and I stopped him and asked, “What
does this have to do with your kids or your divorce? Where’s the song
about your Mom passing away?” “Aw, people don’t want to hear about
that.” BULLSHIT!! People LOVE to hear about that. That stuff is real!
People can relate. Express yo’self!!
said that there is no need to follow trends and try to break in that
way. One week blue may be the rage and you decide to write about blue.
By the time you write about it and make your book people don’t care
about blue anymore and love orange. Orange is the new craze. Just write
about what you want to write about. Again, keep it real and don’t worry
about writing that perfect novel.
is one of the things that I tell people ALL the time, but have not been
following myself. I always tell people to just draw, just write. Don’t
worry about continually rewriting and editing and making the perfect
story or piece of art. The more you write, the more you draw, the better
you get. Write some crap. Draw a horrible picture. Then do it again.
Over time you will start picking out what works and what you don’t like.
Only by making mistakes can you learn how to avoid them. Over time you
will grow to become a much better creator.
also talked about how writing for comics is quite different than
writing for other mediums. You can leave a lot out and let the artist
flourish and they will add aspects to the story you never thought of.
“You flourished all over the place!”
showed scripts from various writers to show how different they are.
Writing comics isn’t like writing screenplays. There is one standard for
screenplays and if you don’t follow it then people won’t even look at
it. Everyone writes comics differently. Dan Slott includes photo
references right in his script and writes very “kinetically.” Geoff Johns writes out lil paragraphs for each character and for each place
and anything else for the script before he even gets to page one panel
one. Alan Moore? He hits the caps lock button and writes PAGES for each
panel describing EVERYTHING he can think of that pertains to the panel. Dave Gibbons would go through the script and underline the one thing he
needed to know to draw the panel. One line among MANY!
also said that the colorist gets cover billing on his comics. And I can
see why. Coloring does as much to create mood as the writing and the
penciling. I’m looking forward to painting my comics.
talked about reading something in print that he had written months ago
and thinking, “Who rewrote this? Did some intern rewrite this? This is
crap!” Then going back and realizing it was exactly how he wrote it,
but he had written so much since then he had completely forgotten what
he had written.
your script to someone that doesn’t give a shit about you.” This is the
only way to get a true evaluation. He said it may be the scariest thing
to do, but you can’t just show your mom and friends and take their
praise seriously. If this person that doesn’t give a shit about you
says something doesn’t work, then it probably doesn’t work. Be willing
to change, to let go of that “perfect” scene if it doesn’t add to the
whole. I don’t know who I would show my script to. It seems even
acquaintances would also try to portray your work in good light. Even
someone that comes through your line at work or a freakin’ barista.
Where do you find these people that don’t give a shit about you?
you are interested in the creation of comics or writing in general then
I suggest listening to Bendis every chance you get. I does podcasts with Word Balloon, The Bendis Tapes, which are always a pleasure to listen to. He is full of great
advice and always gets me pumped up about comics!!