Town Hall: Unraveling the World of Comics and Graphic Novels

If you've ever wondered about the comic industry, or considered how to adapt your screenplay into a graphic novel, we've brought together a stellar writing team to answer your questions: Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn, Painkiller Jane, Jonah Hex) and Craig Weeden (Killing Time in America).

Some of the topics we'll cover:

  • Realistic expectations of the industry
  • Writing in multiple mediums
  • Cost of creating comics
  • Adaptation to film and TV
  • Optioning process
  • Crowdsourcing

[Recorded March 13, 2024]

Resources from this session:

Jimmy Palmiotti's PaperFilms
"Gutter Talk: Graphic Novel Technique for Screenwriters" by Craig Weeden
Fantasima Kickstarter
Craig Weeden's Pipeline Artist Articles
Spike Scarberry's Pipeline Artist Articles
Book Pipeline's Unpublished Contest (NEW Comic & Graphic Novel category)
Brene Brown Empathy Videos
Jimmy on X: @jpalmiotti
Jimmy on IG: @jimmypalmiotti
Craig on X: @craig_weeden

Jimmy Palmiotti:

Writer, Editor and Creator. Multi award-winning character creator with a wide range of experience in advertising, production, consulting, editorial, film writing, development and production, media presentation and video game development. Just a few of his clients include Nike, Nickelodeon, Universal pictures, Disney, Warner Brothers, DreamWorks, Lion's Gate, Vidmark, Starz, Fox Atomic, Alliance films, New Line, Spike TV, MTV, 2kgames, Midway, Radical games, Activision, and THQ games.

Co-founder of such companies as Event Comics, Black Bull Media, Marvel Knights, a division of Marvel comics, and the current Paperfilms, where he is partners with his wife, Amanda Conner. Several of his contributions for both DC and Marvel can be found in major motion pictures and TV series including Black Panther, Painkiller Jane, Daredevil, Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn animated series, Suicide Squad, Random Acts of Violence, Deadspace: Downfall and more.

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Craig Weeden:

Craig Weeden and Jimmy Palmiotti frequently collaborate on projects for film and TV, including their adaptations of Jimmy and Joe Quesada’s graphic novel Painkiller Jane and Jimmy and Garth Ennis’s Back to Brooklyn. They also developed Jimmy’s graphic novel Queen Crab into a TV series for MiLa Media. Fantasima is their third graphic novel.

On the solo front, Craig (MA English, MFA Creative Writing) optioned his crime thriller Diamond Payback (2011 Script Pipeline Finalist under the title Lost Stones) to Emmett Furla Oasis Films and wrote the action thriller Dark Red for Leigh Simons Productions. Craig’s poetry and fiction have been published in The Southern Poetry ReviewNew Orleans ReviewMike Shayne Mystery MagazineTennis, etc. Mia’s Gift, a middle-grade novel he wrote with his wife Victoria, won numerous awards.

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