The Storyboard Renaissance: A Graphic Novel Approach to Storyboarding, by Kristen C. Strocchia

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Are you ready to take your manuscript to the next level? Would advice from the professionals be helpful to your process? Or maybe you’re ready to submit but worried that you’ve missed something.

Even if you haven’t started storyboarding yet, there’s still time to join us for the Storyboard Renaissance event in September. Register here to reserve your seat, then start digging into your manuscript.

Have fun playing with simplifying the format.

Here are some pictures of my attempts to streamline my Storyboard visuals into a graphic novel format (even though my novel is not a graphic novel). The process was easy:

I started with the setting backdrop pictures that I already had. Here is one example.

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Next I found line drawing character images on Google or Bing images and overlaid the setting with the character images.


And finally, I overlaid each setting image with character images, phrases, main scene action, and emotion.


Note that for emotion, I searched Google for line drawings of emotion faces, then superimposed these over the characters themselves.

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Then I printed the images and pasted them on the Storyboard along the plot line.


This graphic novel version makes the main story idea easy to follow visually, yet incorporates all of the major elements—setting, character, and plot—and it even gives space for voice.

What other formats can you imagine? How will you showcase your story? I look forward to seeing everyone’s storyboards in September!


Join us for The Storyboard Renaissance event on Saturday, September 21, 2019, in Scranton, PA.

At this event you will spend the morning with one of our three faculty members: agents Marlo Berliner (Jennifer de Chiara Agency) and Melissa Edwards (Stonesong Agency), or award-winning author Sandy Asher. Together with your chosen faculty member and a small group, you’ll move through three roundtable sessions, where you’ll give and receive feedback on your first pages, hook, and voice, as well as the story arc and character development information you display on your trifold Storyboard. In addition to the roundtables, you’ll enjoy an opening and closing keynote with our knowledgeable faculty.

Registration is only $60 for SCBWI members. The deadline for submitting pages for critique is SEPTEMBER 7, 2019. Click here for more details or to register.

Don’t miss the previous posts in this series for step-by-step help with your Storyboard.


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