Pixar tips on storytelling

Here’s a nice collection of tips, tweeted by Pixar story artist Emma Coats, on “story basics.” A couple of my favorites:

#3: Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.

#7: Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard, get yours working up front.

#19: Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.

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    The return of A1

    A couple of days ago, I featured the old British anthology series A1 as part of the Indie Cover Spotlight feature. In a happy bit of synchronicity, Bleeding Cool is now reporting that editor Dave Elliott is bringing A1 back, some 20+ years later, via Heavy Metal magazine.

    Frankenstein, by Alex Horley

    Creators include Andy Kuhn, Alex Horley, Toby Cypress, Ron Marz, and others.

    And dig this: there’s also a new story from Mark A. Nelson, another great artist who has been absent from the comics field for a long, long time. Also, one whose work was also featured here as part of ICS.

    Bandits, by Mark Nelson

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