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This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom), Pacific Time.
Twenty pages, 5-7 scenes. Splash pages, two-page spreads, gutters. A plots, B plots, C plots. Heroes and villains and love interests and sidekicks. Emotional arcs. Panels and layouts. I am a better novelist, a better screenwriter, essayist, and short story writer — all thanks to comics. Over the past five years, I’ve been writing for Marvel and DC, and this SLAM-BOOM-POW crash course in spandex and capes has opened me up to a whole other world of craft. In this four-hour class, I’ll introduce you to what I now call “story math,” so that you might appreciate comics more and carry its algorithms and techniques into other storytelling mediums.
Benjamin Percy is the author of four novels -- most recently, The Dark Net -- three story collections -- including Suicide Woods -- and a book of essays titled Thrill Me that is widely taught in creative writing classrooms. His sci-fi trilogy -- The Comet Cycle -- will be published in 2021 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and has been optioned by the Russo brothers (Avengers: Endgame).
He is part of the new Dawn of X-Men at Marvel and writes both Wolverine and X-Force. He has also written for DC Comics and Dynamite Entertainment and is known for his celebrated runs on Green Arrow, Teen Titans, Nightwing, and James Bond.
His fiction and nonfiction have been published in Esquire (where he was a contributing editor), GQ, Time, Men's Journal, Outside, the Wall Street Journal, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Ploughshares, Tin House, McSweeney's, and the Paris Review.
He wrote two seasons of the audio drama -- Wolverine -- produced by Marvel and Stitcher. The first season, "Wolverine: The Long Night," was listed as one of the top 15 podcasts of the year by Apple and won the iHeartRadio Award for Best Scripted Podcast. His other honors include the Whiting Award, an NEA fellowship, the Whiting Award, the Plimpton Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories, 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories, and Best American Comics.