Official Press Release
June 1, 2004 – With the multitude of artist studios, where can a
struggling comic book writer go for advice and story research?
Occasionally, writers can get information on the craft of writing at
creator message boards, or they could scour the internet for articles,
story research, resources, and script samples. Things are changing now,
thanks to SCRYPTIC STUDIOS (http://www.scrypticstudios.com).
Created by writer, Ryan Scott Ottney, SCRYPTIC STUDIOS is an online
writer’s studio and resource center featuring five members: Jeffery
Stevenson, Jim Keplinger, Dan Taylor, Kevin Melrose, and, of course,
Ryan himself. All five members are published writers with professional
attitudes hailing from various backgrounds and formal training, from
screenwriting to journalism; but one industry they all love and share
enthusiasm for is comic books.
The goal of these five writers and the SCRYPTIC STUDIOS website is to
provide others with a simple online resource geared toward the
advancement of their craft. It’s a place where writers can find the
information they need to help take their stories to the next level as
well as openly discuss ideas and techniques.
“There are hundreds of creator message boards, where everyone is invited
to post and share their work,” said Ottney. “When given the choice to
read through a story or look at artwork, artwork usually wins. The
writer’s work seems to go unnoticed when compared to artists, and I
thought it was time a writer stood up to do something about it.
“In realizing this, I wanted to create a place where writers can stand
in the spotlight, rather than the shadows. The whole point of SCRYPTIC
STUDIOS is to offer writers a sanctuary where our work can be seen.”
While focusing mostly on comic book writing, all forms and types of
writers are welcome. Aspiring writers, small press writers, mainstream
writers, prose writers, screenwriters, and even artists that write their
own stories. Scryptic wants to provide anyone that crafts a tale the
knowledge, tools, and motivation to develop the strongest story they
can, build their audience, and learn how to market their stories and
“Every writer has an impact on the industry,” said Stevenson. “Good
stories can draw in more readers and keep them reading. It doesn’t
matter whether you write and draw your own book, self-publish and
self-distribute, or work on the mainstream side of things … if someone
gets introduced to comics through your book, you become an ambassador to
the industry. You can invite them in for a seven-course meal with all
the trimmings or offer them Vienna sausages on a silver platter.
“We want to give you the means to build the best story you can and keep
those readers happy. That’s one of the goals of Scryptic Studios.”
Along with sharing such resources as articles & columns, story
references categorized by topic, and recommended reading material to
help make your story shine, SCRYPTIC STUDIOS also offers an active
message board where you can share experiences and be a part of a comic
One of the more popular and valuable features is the sample script
database that includes actual scripts from comics, film, radio, and
television. Already SCRYPTIC STUDIOS has had generous script donations
by such popular comic book writers as Mark Waid, Paul Jenkins, Steven
Niles, Gail Simone, Brian Augustyn, Marv Wolfman, Larry Young, and many
Unveiling on June 1, 2004, SCRYPTIC STUDIOS invites writers from all
over to take advantage of their ever-growing resources, and join the
writer’s community message board to exchange ideas, techniques,
assistance, and camaraderie.
“People are always asking what we think we can teach other writers, and
we just tell them, ‘we are not teachers,'” said Ottney. “We simply
provide and moderate a website where writers can come together and learn
from each other, not only us. We expect, and hope, to learn just as much
as anyone else on the boards.”
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