How Did Literature Get Up in My Comics?

How Did Literature Get Up in My Comics?
September 24, 2016 No Comments » OWS Features, Special Feature Stephanie Ayers

literatureTyler Omichinski returns with another post filled with great writing advice. Enjoy.

How did Literature Get up in my Comics?

In recent years, comic book properties have gone from niche product to international sensations. The comic industry continues to chug along respectably, churning out some amazing talents and works of art. The other trend we’re seeing recently comes from major names from film and books making the jump to comics.

David Fincher


Yes, that David Fincher. He has recently put his efforts towards some phenomenally dark and insightful comics. His most recent collaboration in this space has been Black Dahlia, a take on both the movie that he worked on, and the historical events surrounding them.

Margaret Atwood

The phenomenally talented giant of Canadian literature has been known to post strange doodles to her personal webpage, but her recent partnership with Dark Horse has her working on what promises to be an interesting take on the superhero genre, with her normal Atwood environmental sensibilities thrown in for good mix.

Brandon Sanderson

Even genre fiction icons are dipping their toes into the comics industry with Sanderson recently coming out with the recent graphic novel White Sand continuing to grow the extensive world that he’s been creating.

What’s with the cross-pollination?

One of the biggest opportunities that has been coming out of the changes to the industry that is being a writer is the ability to move from one medium to another. After a few tentative, and not-so-tentative, forays by writers over the past century, we’re truly in an era of extensive opportunities for writers. No long are you limited to long form prose and maybe poetry, with readers and audiences around the world realizing that, in broad strokes, a story is a story.

With this comes ample opportunities for an enterprising creator, though it requires you to take on some more responsibilities. When working on many projects outside of the medium of prose, there is so often the requirement to work with others. Instead of being able to carefully shape our own vision, we have to understand that we need to play nice with others, and understand that they’re adding to the story too.

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Whether you’re doing adaptations, adding to the mythos of a world that you’ve been honing and working on, or maybe you’re starting an all-new project. Whatever the reason, remember that there are so many options out there for you.

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Stephanie Ayers A published author with a knack for twisted tales, Stephanie Ayers is the Executive Creative Director of OWS Ink, LLC, a community for writers and readers alike. She loves a good thriller, fairies, things that go bump in the night, and sappy stories. When she is not writing, she can be found in Creative Cloud designing book covers and promotional graphics for authors.

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