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When screenwriter Glenn Farrington took a crack at comics, he quickly discovered that while there’s plenty of software designed to make film and television writing easier, there’s nothing like that specifically for comic books. So he turned to his friend Steven Stashen to create ComiXwriter, which they calling “the world’s first software dedicated to writing scripts for comic books and graphic novels.” In essence, it aims to be for comic scribes what Final Draft is for screenwriters.
And now they’ve taken to Kickstarter to raise $35,000 to fund ComiXwriter.
Farrington and Stashen aren’t alone, either, lining up an advisory panel composed of AiT/Planet Lar publisher and writer Larry Young, artists Matthew Dow Smith and Matt and Shawn Fillbach, and writer, designer and editor Richard Starkings. They’ve also solicited anticipatory quotes from the likes of Kevin Smith, Mike Carey, Alan Grant, John Rogers and Mark Sable.
ComiXwriter does sound promising, with its outlining and organizational tools, notation abilities and a collaborating function, which “allows you to bring up the artwork for the page you’ve written in an easy side by side viewer.” The pledge rewards are varied, but of most interest to writers and would-be writers is probably the $45 tier, which gets you a digital download of the software at half the expected retail price.
Watch Farrington and Stashen’s appeal video below, and make sure to stick around until the end for funny cameos from actors Jim Beaver (Supernatural, Justified), Joel McCrary (Kickin’ It, Justified) and Jason Earles (Hannah Montana), and a voiceover by Mark Sheppard (Supernatural, Doctor Who).