Comic Indie delivered a panel discussion on “How to Make a Comic” at Houston’s Comicpoolza 2017. A great question was asked by a local artist, and I wanted to share our Comic Indie’s collective responses
Question: How do I find a writer to collaborate on a comic?
“1) List genres you are open to drawing and specific things you’re not interested in drawing (ex: I cannot draw mechas, no nudity).
2) Include art samples, preferably sequential art.
3) Explain the target audience (ex: all audience, kids, adults only)
4) List the communication methods you’re open to using with the writer (ex: email, Facetime, Google Hangout)
5) Explain compensation arrangements (ex: split profits 50/50)
6) Ask for script examples. If there are a lot of misspellings or it is confusing, move on.
7) List the best way for the writer to contact you.
8) I currently post my comic on ComicFury, which has a forum for collaborations. On that site there are many writers from around the world who would love to work with an artist to bring their scripts to life in a visual medium. You can also join Comic Indie’s Facebook page for local writers who would be interested in collaborations too.”
Submitted by JP
“As more of a writer than an artist I would say that you need to determine what your writing needs are and know the scope of your project before you start looking for a writer.
Next would be figuring out what you expect from the writer on the project. In other words, do you want someone to write a story or do you want someone to help you develop your story idea?
Once you have those two steps done then you can start looking around. Try things like:
• Getting referrals from other artists
• Go to conventions and make sure to attend the writing panels and rub shoulders with a few writers
• A quick web search yields results for help locating local writers
• Find a local college and post flyers around their writing classes
• Take that a step further and reach out to writing professors to help put you in touch with a writer
• Some people have luck just looking around on LinkedIn
Whatever approach you take in finding your writer, don’t settle on the first one that comes along. Make sure to get sample work and maybe even have them write up a short 1 page story. That way you can make sure your art style and their writing style mesh well together.
Finally, make sure you are upfront and honest about if you are paying them. Nothing sucks more than starting a project thinking you are going to get paid, just to find out that you’re not. Some writers may be willing to just collaborate, but don’t expect everyone to be okay with not being paid.”
~Submitted by Johnie