Workshop #9 James Chambers: Picturing Fear: Writing Horror Comics and Graphic Novels

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Workshop #9 James Chambers: Picturing Fear: Writing Horror Comics and Graphic Novels

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The medium of sequential art offers endless opportunities for great horror stories—but writing comic books and graphic novels is unlike writing for any other medium. Although they share some common ground of visual storytelling with films and television, comics and graphic novels have unique elements of design, characterization, pacing, and creating suspense. Blending words and pictures to tell a story requires an understanding of the storytelling techniques that comprise the "comics vocabulary" and how to use it. Drawing on twenty-five years of editing, writing, and publishing comics, James Chambers will explore the elements of sequential art storytelling, how to break out of the “prose perspective” to tell visual stories, and how to write strong scripts.

James Chambers started in the comics industry writing for Comic Book Collector Magazine (later renamed Combo Magazine), covering the collector’s market, writing reviews, and providing features and interviews in the early 1990s. He interviewed creators such as Dan Brereton, Howard Chaykin, Michael Jan Friedman and Rob Liefeld and twice visited the offices of Valiant Comics to interview staff and creators during the company’s original heyday. He went on to Tekno*Comics to edit Gene Roddenberry’s Lost Universe, Isaac Asimov’s I*Bots, the graphic novel adaptation of From Dusk Till Dawn, and Leonard Nimoy’s Primortals, which he also wrote for several issues, including two special issues co-plotted with Mr. Nimoy. At Tekno, he worked with many top comics creators, including Art Adams, Dan Brereton, Howard Chaykin, Steven Grant, Paul Jenkins, Gil Kane, Jae Lee, George Perez, Walt Simonson, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Kirk Van Wormer and contributed to Tekno’s shared worlds which included Neil Gaimain’s Lady Justice, Mr. Hero, and Teknophage; Mickey Spillane’s Mike Danger, and the Wheel of Worlds. After leaving Tekno, he co-created and wrote The Revenant with artist Pat Broderick, which ran in Shadow House, a critically acclaimed, independent horror comic he co-published, with Christopher Mills, Dan Brereton, Kirk Van Wormer, and Fred Harper. Other projects include the web comic, Tabula Rasa, for Adventurestrips.com, and a four-issue adaptation of a horror screenplay (not yet published) for CinemaGrafix. Most recently he has written the graphic novel, Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe, published by Moonstone Books. www.jameschambersonline.com