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10-31-2017, 10:30 AM
Hey everyone,

I'm an artist and I've developed a new schedule for myself which requires me to produce a new 5 page submission piece each week until the end of the year. I'm curious how everyone goes about getting scripts for vignettes. I have looked at scripts online at Comics Experience and that sort of thing but I'm not a big super hero guy which really limits my options. I've recently been taking screenplays and re-writing them as comic scripts and that seems to work pretty well but it takes a long time to filter through screenplays to find scenes that I can break down into 5-6 comic pages and then re-write them to fit my needs. What do fellow artists do for scripts that meet submission guidelines?


-tyler j rider

11-01-2017, 01:50 PM
Look harder at the script archive on Comics Experience -- quite a bit on non-superhero there.

11-03-2017, 06:40 AM
I write my own short stories. Telling your own stories is fun, and you end up having something you own and which you can publish.

I publish my scripts under a Creative Commons license:


which means you are free to use these and publish the result without owing me anything. I have or will draw them myself also of course, and others could possibly do that too. They're just for practice, so I figured, why not.

For what that's worth... :-)

Also, my experience is that screenwriters are often more than happy to give you a non-exclusive license to adapt a short film screenplay of theirs to comics form. They usually respond rather enthusiastically. They usually write these short scripts for practice also, and they seem to often be genuinely happy to see their story come to life.

I've also found that (public domain) theater plays are a fun treasure trove of stories waiting to be adapted, or even the timeless public domain classic novels you can download from Project Gutenberg.

One cool way to find stories is to hit the random button on Wikipedia and to see if a story-like entry pops up that inspires you to write a fictional piece inspired by it.

I'm just an amateur, but that is how I am keeping practice fun, for what that's worth...

11-03-2017, 07:22 AM
@tylerjrider, I like your drawing style!

11-03-2017, 12:06 PM
I don't know what kind of comics you want for your submissions rather than superheroes.
But if you are looking for content you can always find short stories, crime, westerns etc. in prose as pulp novels and adapt these into comics.
Stephen King has a bunch.

https://www.google.com/search?biw=1280&bih=620&ei=a439WarrLMTXmwGnn63wBw&q=stephen+king+short+story+collections&oq=stephen+king+short&gs_l=psy-ab.1.1.0l10.3695.15073.0.18048. 208.2j9.11.0....0...1.1.64.psy-ab..0.11.1206...0i67k1j0i131k1j0i10k1.0.RrxGZEncnT A

Also you can grab any old comics book you may have at home and make your our own "new artwork version of it.

11-03-2017, 01:01 PM
Ayalpinkus, I will definitely check that out! I do a lot of writing, but I think most editors want to see how well an artist works with another writer's script. I love the idea of reaching out to screen writers, and the wikipedia thing is genius! It's like stumbleupon for stories haha! I'll definitely see what I can come up with using that method. Thanks a ton!

11-03-2017, 01:03 PM
Ooo I would love to find some Stephen King short stories to work from! I'm sure I could find some online if I looked. I had thought of using older comics and doing my version of them, but I was worried that these wouldn't be suitable for submissions. Maybe if I reverse script an old comic and then work from that it would work. And that sounds like a lot of fun, so I might go for it anyways! Thanks, Scribbly!

11-05-2017, 06:37 AM
Another option could be to commission (and pay for) a short script from a writer whose work you like.That writer can write to your strengths and give you permission to use the script.