After finishing the dialogue for my graphic novel, Hollow, (YAY!) I started to think about how different it is to write for a comic book then it is to write for a regular story. I found it amazing how different comics can look based solely on amount and type of dialogue. For example, some of the original X-man comics had a TON of writing in them, and most of the dialogue ended with exclamation points, even if they were simple sentences. The other extreme would be Marvel’s “Nuff Said” theme which involved several issues from Spiderman to X-Men where there was NO dialogue to challenge the artists to tell the story through visual means only.

So as I worked on changing a short story to the graphic novel medium in Hollow, I was amazed at the amount of options I had as a writer, because the artwork used can tell so much on its own.

When reading comics/graphic novels, do you find you prefer more dialogue or less? Sound effects or not? More narrative or let the art speak for itself?

PS- More artwork coming from Hollow next week as we prepare for its release on October 1st! Cover will be coming next month!!