Graphic Horror: Creating Horror Comics and Graphic Novels

Recorded Session

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. This workshop will explore the elements of sequential art storytelling, how to break out of the “prose perspective” to tell visual stories, how to write strong scripts, and how to craft visually compelling horror comics.

About the Instructor

James Chambers received the Bram Stoker Award® for the graphic novel, Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe and is a four-time Bram Stoker Award nominee. He has been a comic book critic, editor, publisher, and writer for more than 25 years, including editing/writing Leonard Nimoy’s Primortals; editing Gene Roddenberry’s Lost Universe, Isaac Asimov’s I*BOTS, and the graphic novel adaptation of From Dusk Till Dawn; and co-creating, co-publishing, and co-writing Shadow House. Most recently he wrote the closing comic story for Kolchak, the Night Stalker: The 50th Anniversary Graphic Anthology. He is also the author of the short story collections On the Night Border and On the Hierophant Road, which received a starred review from Booklist, which called it “…satisfyingly unsettling”; and the novella collection, The Engines of Sacrifice, described as “…chillingly evocative…” in a Publisher’s Weekly starred review. He has written the novellas, Three Chords of Chaos, Kolchak and the Night Stalkers: The Faceless God, and many others. He edited and co-edited the Bram Stoker Award-nominated anthologies, Under Twin Suns: Alternate Histories of the Yellow Sign and A New York State of Fright, as well as Even in the Grave, an anthology of ghost stories. His website is: www.jameschambersonline.

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All courses are $65 USD.

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