Joe Quesada, Marvel Comic’s Editor-In-Chief did another one of his impromptu Twitter speeches last Thursday. This one was about comic writing and how to format a comic submission.

I’m not even going to bother cleaning this up. It is really just here so I have it for reference when Twitter blows up. Start reading at the bottom.

  1. Hope that little bit helped. See ya!

  2. Okay, gang, I have a dinner date and have to run. More next week. I’ll also look over your questions and post tweets with some answers.

  3. What form does that submission take and how long or short should it be? Therein lies your answer.

  4. Put yourself in the position of the editor who is overworked and getting hundreds or subs.

  5. If we like what we see, we’ll ask you to show us the rest.

  6. But even with that, keep it simple, 11-22 pages or so. We don’t need six issues, we just need to see your best.

  7. Artist and writers are coming together to show off their talents and printing their own mini comics. These make it much easier for Editors.

  8. Brian Bendis is the master of this, produced his own stuff and worked it well. Got read and got in. Now he is king ;-)

  9. Having something in comic form, an ashcan, what have you, is the easiest. Today with the global community, this is easier to do than before

  10. Now, all this said, sending in a writing submission like this is a very difficult way to get discovered. Having something in print is easier

  11. These don’t have to be fleshed out but go a very long was as they show us just how creative and prolific you can be.

  12. If you consider yourself someone who has great high concepts, you can also include several high concepts along with you initial pitches.

  13. This will show us your range.

  14. I’d recommend perhaps two or three samples like this. Pick a different character or team of characters. Add variety to the mix.

  15. Then, give us a scene with panels, action and dialog so that we can get an idea of how you would handle scripting. About 3-5 pages of comic

  16. Follow this with a three-paragraph breakdown of the three acts in your story. If you can’t do this rethink your story.

  17. If you can’t distill it down to one two sentences, then it’s not going to work. Trust me, this is very tough to do, you’ll be surprised.

  18. Give us a one or two sentence pitch of your story. In other words, “The High Concept.”

  19. Start by thinking of a 22 page, told in one story. This is much harder than you may think.

  20. This is what our monthly writers have to do. Yes, they reinvent from time to time, but most often they’re playing with the toys as they are

  21. This is what separates the men from the boys, women from girls. Work within the parameters, what can you do, can you make it interesting?

  22. Pick a character, lets say Spidey, and show us a pitch for a Spidey story as he exists in current continuity and current cast.

  23. If you get a gig at Marvel and steady work, then later we’ll be interested in your higher concepts. But when breaking in, keep it simple.

  24. What we want to see is how you handle our characters as they exist right now. Example: don’t redefine Wolverine, just write Wolverine.

  25. This is a waist of time. We don’t want to see that from you at this stage in the game.

  26. Too often writers want to send us an idea on how to reinvent or interpret an old character, or a concept for a big event.

  27. In many cases it may never get read at all. My advice is the same as for artist, keep it short and sweet.

  28. No matter how you look at it, a Brubaker script will always be at the top of the pile of stuff to read.

  29. Editors are busy and have scripts that have to be published that take precedence over everything else, so your sub is going to have to wait.

  30. Okay, now that that’s out of the way – -

  31. This is simply because a writer can produce more work in a given month than an artist can.

  32. However, while it’s harder to break in as a writer, if and when you do, you have a better opportunity to make more money than an artist.

  33. So, first and foremost, it’s much harder for writers to get looked out. That”s the hard truth.

  34. We’re trying to get our house in order and come back with a better submissions system and hopefully be able to avoid backlog in the future

  35. First let me make clear that because of a huge still unread stack of submissions, Marvel is currently not looking at new writer submissions.

  36. I’m going to keep this as short as possible and pick it up on another day. Consider this installment #1

  37. Okay kids it’s time to give some tips for writers who want to break in. Get your pens and pads ready and call your pals, we’re starting in 5