Friday, February 9, 2024


Some folks don't understand how the plot-first (or so-called Marvel style) of writing comics works, so I thought I'd share a page from a plot for the 2022 Ben Reilly: Spider-Man series. This went out to the artist, David Baldeon, and I wrote the final captions/dialogue after I saw the art.

For contrast, here's an example of full script. This is from Wisdom, the supernatural western I did with Tom Mandrake for the DeMultiverse Kickstarter.  (DeMultiverse Phase II coming soon!)

Hope you enjoyed this peak behind the comic book curtain!


  1. Thanks for the insight JMD, I've been plotting out comics for the last two and a half years and it's always interesting to see how plot-driven layouts function and the level of understanding and co-operation between writer and artist.

    1. It all comes down to that magic chemistry between writer and artist. It's either there or it's not. You can't create it!

  2. Hi, Ethan. Thanks so much for the kind words about my work. Deeply appreciated. Ben is such a wonderful character and I loved working on that mini-series with David Baldeon.

    Re: your hoodie. Best bet would be to find me at a convention. At the moment, I've got nothing lined up in 2024, but there IS a chance I'll be at the Albany Comic Con in June. If any other con appearances come around, I'll be sure to announce them here.

    Thanks again for getting in touch and for your kind words about my work.