“The decade beginning with the late 1930s is known as the Golden Age of comic books. Many of the superheroes from today’s blockbuster franchises, including Batman, Superman, and Captain America, emerged during this period, and the industry grew into a commercial powerhouse. Following a sales dip during the early 1950s that marked the end of the Golden Age, the Silver Age began (circa 1956) and lasted for some fifteen years. During this era, superhero comic books initially lost steam — letting stories of horror, romance, and crime grow in popularity — before emerging triumphantly once more with characters like Spider-Man and The Flash. While copyright remains very much in effect for such titles, a slew of comic books from the same period, many of which have narrowly missed attaining such iconic status, are available online at Comic Book Plus.”
Each Tuesday and Thursday this year, the Writers Guild Foundation is pulling one of the WGA’s 101 Greatest Screenplays off its library shelves and posting a few pages. Now, if you live in Los Angeles or you happen to be in LA with a few hours to spare, you can visit the Writers Guild Foundation library and read these screenplays for yourself. For the rest of us, we’ll have to make do with the few pages posted to the Writers Guild Foundation blog twice a week.
“You can write the sharpest, most glittering, wisest, poetic, hilariously dazzling dialogue, but if that dialogue doesn’t do its true work and open the dramatic world underneath, it’s dead on arrival.” John Guare, author of Six Degrees of Separation, House of Blue Leaves, and one of my favorite titles of all time, Bosoms and Neglect.
When you’re telling a real story, you want to be as comprehensive as possible, making sure not to leave out any important details. Other people are relying on you to give a complete retelling of the events that unfolded, so you don’t want to leave big holes in the tale. In screenwriting, leaving…