Now, this is, I admit a weakness of mine. Before I collect Super Seed into a trade, I'll likely take a hatchet to the script, editing it down for better readability. But the script I sent poor Steven was wordy to the extreme. I could practically hear him screaming at me in his comments. At one point he challenged me to show him a 9-panel page that could hold 270 words, as I had written. He demanded I show it to him.
Well, never one to back down from a challenge...here's such a page. (Excuse the awful wacom art.)
The rules Steven gave me were the same rules, legend has it, that DC comics gave to Sir Alan Moore.
- No more than 210 words on a page.
- No more than 35 words in a panel.
- No more than 25 words in a balloon or caption.
I've certainly learned a lesson that should serve me well with anything else I write.