updated weekly on Thursdays with Calvin Camp
The Proving Grounds is now closed to new submissions
The Proving Grounds is now closed to new submissions.
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For any newcomers… welcome to The Proving Grounds.
For those who have been here before… welcome to The Proving Grounds – Take 2.
This column was originally started by Steven Forbes to help out aspiring...
I've been dragging my heels about making this announcement, but the time has come and there doesn't seem to be much sense it putting it off any longer.
This place has been good to me (and, I hope, to all of you), but all good things must end. I'm going to be pulling the plug on the column and...
Tommy Ferrari brings us this week's script. Let's see how he does.
Long panel. A glittering, futuristic coastal city at midday. White skyscrapers line the foreground, overlooking the coast filled with boats. On the other side of the harbor, you can see construction cranes...
Chris Lewis is back this week. Let's see what he has for us.
Jason Dynasty by Chris Lewis
PAGE ONE (four panels)
Panel 1. Establishing shot. This is a page-wide horizontal panel showing the depths of space. There is a silver, wire-like fiber that stretches across the panel from the...
Harry Durnan is bringing us something interesting today. He's put this together to try and get some practice with a Zuda-style landscape format. Let's see how it goes.
Untitled Space Opera (tentatively Rebellion until I come up with something) by Harry Durnan
Page One, (two panels)
Taj Gunn is up this week. Let's see what he's brought for us.
By Taj Gunn
Five pages, actually.
Hello, one and all, to another week of The Proving Grounds. This week, we have Dan Potter who’s decided to let his skills be examined under the microscope. Let’s see how he does!
Issue 1 script, pages 1-10
Panel 1: Looking down on Richard is sitting on the kitchen...
Since Calvin's going to be taking the week off for the Holiday's, I decided to do a little aside column for the week (and yes, I talked to Calvin about it first.) I've been doing a script that has been a paid editing job for Forby (and yes, it may be partially my fault he quit, but...
Okay, guys... We're going to do things a little differently this week.
You're the editors now.
We had no scripts in the queue, so John Lees suggested that, rather than skipping a week, I post up something of mine. I thought it seemed like a good idea. He has graciously volunteered to tackle the...
This week's script is brought to us by Alex Sampson. I believe this is his first time here, so let's make him feel at home by slaughtering his script. (Hey, he specifically asked me to, so I gotta try ;) )
PAGE ONE (Three panels)
First off, the description for this panel is one...
This week, John Lees is back, with a continuation of his earlier submission (An Inconvenient Tooth - from Week 40).
The first part wasn't quite my thing, so let's establish, right up front, that this part is very likely to be not quite my thing, as well. But I'll go in with as objective a...
This week, James Fairlie is back, with a continuation of his script from Week 43.
I owe him a big, "Thank you!," because there was almost no update at all this week. I had nothing in the queue and he got me this submission just in time to save the day. :)
So, anyway... Let's see how James...
Chris Lewis is up again this week. Let's see what he's brought us this time.
PAGE ONE (five panels)
Panel 1. We open on a man in his early 30’s. Tall, short hair, pretty conservative, wearing glasses. He’s wearing a tweed jacket with khaki pants. He’s looking up and past us with a slight,...
Hey, folks! Barri Lang is up again. Let's see what he's brought us this time.
A panel showing “outer space”. Not boring black “real space” but the kinda space you see in the movies. Throw a nebula in there. No planets. In the centre of the panel (tiny) there’s a small shuttle....
I hope no one minds that I'm posting this a little early, but tomorrow is looking like it's going to be a little hectic. And rather than have it post really late in the day... here it is on Wednesday.
Chris Lewis is up this week. Let's see how he does.
PAGE FOUR (six panels)
We’ve got Steven under the gun today. He told me this is something he did to play around with the nine-panel grid. So let’s see how it plays out. ;)
Hi. Just a few notes. We’re NEVER going to see the psychiatrist. Never. Their speech balloons will ALWAYS come from...
Barri Lang is up again. Let’s see what he’s got for us this time.
Army of One (this was the working title)
We’re in a woodland clearing, Europe (Germany to be precise) 44 AD. Sparse pine tree trunks and low hanging branches are in the panel, on the ground is a bed of brown...
Jeff Haas has a seasonal offering for us today. Let's see how he does.
Mr. Claws: A Christmas Story
A one-shot script by Jeffrey Haas
In a room lit to ensconce its occupier, a young man of thirty sits at his desk, with his back to the reader. He hurriedly pours his...
Brian Augostino is up today. Let’s see how he does.
PAGE 1 (7 PANELS)
PANEL 1. It’s mid-November in Vermont. We’re looking at a clearing in the woods. There is a fresh blanket of snow on the ground. It’s daytime and there are snowflakes falling. We see a large Whitetail deer with a 10-point...
This week we have something from James Fairlie. Let's see how he does.
Page 1 (6 panels)
Wide shot of a block of tenement flats in an affluent inner city area (it was probably rough 20 years ago, but has since filled up with yuppies who want to live in the “real” city). It is still...
Hello everyone. Welcome back to The Proving Grounds. This week, we have a new Brave One. Brian Augostino's made his presence known by dipping his big toe in the conversations here and there, but now, he's up with a script he sent it. Let's see how he does!
EASE #1 Page 1 of 13
John Lees is up this time.
I kind of feel bad for him. He tried to get in on the tail end of Steven’s run, got stuck with me instead, and got put off to a later date besides. And, after my reaction to his last script, he probably doesn’t have high hopes for what I’ll have to say about this one....
Sorry for the abrupt departure, but some unforseen circumstances have forced me to step down from TPG, and for B&N to go on immediate hiatus.
I'll still be around, but I won't have the time to write the columns and provide the feedback I usually do (and I cannot imagine that...
Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds. This week, our Brave One is John Lees. Let's see if he was able to work his magic again!
AN INCONVENIENT TOOTH
ISSUE #1: IN WHICH WE MEET OUR HERO
A 22-PAGE SCRIPT BY
PAGE ONE (6 panels)
Panel 1. It’s the dead of night, and we...
Hello, one and all. Welcome back to another edition of The Proving Grounds. This week's Brave One is Joe Webb. Let's see what he's got.
“KIDS IN THE WALL”
A COMIC SCRIPT BY JOE WEBB
Note: I have included sketches of my suggested page layouts along with caption placement as a...
Hello, everyone! Welcome back to TPG! This week's Brave One is Barri Lang, who seems to just love the punishment. I don't know why. I think he's a masochist. Anyway, let's see how much he gets kicked around this week. I'm going to call this one a total loss. A backslide of the worst order. You'll...
As I said earlier this week, the time is coming when this column would be shut down. The more I get into this one project, the bigger it looks like it's going to be, which is great for me on a personal level, but it leaves me in a lurch when it comes to all of you.
Welcome back once again to The Proving Grounds! Our Brave One this week is Calvin Camp, doing a resubmit of an earlier project. Let's see if he's made any progress!
The Murdering God – Excerpt (Take Two)
A clear summer night here in the slums. The gas giant looms...
Welcome back, all and sundry, to another installment of The Proving Grounds. This week, our Brave One is Adam Hudson. Let's see how he does!
Hank Aron: IT guy for the Undead
Hello, and welcome back to The Proving Grounds! Our Brave One this week is new to us. Here's hoping he sticks around, puts in the work, and gets better. Okay, let's see what Jon Parrish has to offer!
Further From The Sun
By: Jon H. Parrish
Okay, guys. It’s the Friday you’ve all been waiting for. It’s Steven’s script that’s up against the red font of doom this time.
Funny thing is… it shouldn’t be.
See, I think Steven was messing with me. He sent me this in .doc format (instead of .rtf or .odt) thereby violating his own rules...
Welcome back to The Proving Grounds!
Our Brave One this week is Calvin Camp, who's doing something of an experiment with himself. Let's see how he does.
Shadowdancer is not terribly tall (maybe 5' 8" or so), and he's a little scrawny...
Welcome back to The Proving Grounds, everyone. This week, our Brave One is Barri Lang, who's been improving with every script. Let's see if he keeps that up.
The reason people can sleep soundly in their beds at night is because rough men stand in the dark ready to visit...
Hello, all! Once again, a Brave One steps onto the Proving Grounds! Aaron sent me this script almost out of the blue. He'd been lurking, and finally decided to step out of the shadows. Let's see how he does.
Art Notes: The year is 1955, roughly early June. The main city that this...
Welcome back to the proving grounds! This week, we have Michael Gerberding, brother of Dayv. Let’s see how he does!
Manic # 1 Michael Gerberding
(5 panels; Top third 1 panel; Middle third...
Hello! Welcome again to The Proving Grounds!
This week brings us Joe Webb, who had been lurking for a while, but then came busting out on the boards not too long after he submitted this. Let's give a hand to Joe, for being one of the Brave Ones. (I think that's my new nickname for all of...
Hello, one and all. Welcome back to the Proving Grounds.
I'm not here this week. Nope, right now, I'm in the wilds of SDCC, pressing the flesh, giving the glad hand, handing out my card, seeing and being seen. Because I'm not here, I've asked everyone's favorite guy, Sebastian, to post...
Hello, everyone. Welcome back to The Proving Grounds. This week brings us Luke Noonan. Let’s see what goodies he’s brought!
Okay, here we go...
Layout of four panels: a single page-wide one, then another one, then two square. (Hopefully, you keep this up throughout. If not, I’m...
Hello, alll. Welcome back to The Proving Grounds!
This week brings us Adam Hudson. Let's see how he does, shall we?
Parasites of Eden
General script notes: All “camera” angles are suggested, if you think you have better ones, let me know, we can discuss it. This goes for the few page...
Welcome back to The Proving Grounds. I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend. Remember, alcohol and large bodies of water do not mix! I want to see you all here, safe and sound, when it's all over!
Now, before you all head out to your various celebrations of our national...
Hello, everyone. Welcome back to The Proving Grounds.
This week brings us Dayv Gerberding, aspiring writer/artist. Let’s see what he’s done!
(4 panels; Top two thirds of page is 1 wide out panel; Bottom third is 3 panels.)
Panel 1. A wide out shot of Malaika, a strong...
Blood and Honour – Written by Barri Lang
Wide panel. It’s a bright clear winters day. Crisp white snow, covers the ground. We’re low down and close to the snow, in the B/G roots of trees line what is a natural avenue through the woods. There is a slight upward angle to the...
Hello, everyone. Welcome back to The Proving Grounds. Today brings us Roddy Williams. Let's give him a round of applause, and see what he's done!
Page 1: 5 panels.
Two state of the art helicopters (concept, high tech stuff) heading towards an...
Hello, one and all. Welcome back to another edition of The Proving Grounds. This week brings us Chris Longhurst. Let's see how he does!
More Than Human
General Notes to the Artist:
1. We’re in the UK for this story, London for the most part. If you’re not familiar with our sceptered...
And here it is, folks. The inaugural column of The Proving Grounds. Harry Durnan, our own harryd, was first to send in a script, and as such, he's first to feel the lash...um, I mean, the first to be edited by yours truly! Let's give him a big round of applause!
Harry listened, followed the...
Hello, everyone, and welcome back to The Proving Grounds!
This week brings us something of a treat. We have Dayv Gerberding, who is an artist who does some writing. We’ll be looking at his process and the actual scriptwork, but we’ll see what happens with both. This is a script he intends to...
Hello, everyone. Welcome back to The Proving Grounds.
This week brings us Jeff Beahn, who's written an Anna Mercury script. Let' see how he does!
Page 1 (seven panels)
Panel 1. Establishing wide shot with enough room for an inset panel. It’s a cloudy afternoon on a downtown street with...
Welcome back to The Proving Grounds, everyone! Hope your week has been fruitful.
This week, our own John Lees has decided to step up and pit a story of his against my prowess. Let's see how he does!
PAGE ONE (4 PANELS)
Panel 1. We open on a black-and-white medium shot of...
Welcome to Friday, and another edition of The Proving Grounds!
This week brings us Tommy Brownell. Let's see how his script holds up!
THE SIDELINERS #1
IN MEDIA RES, Part One: THE LEAST I CAN DO
Written by Tommy Brownell.
Page 1: Four panels
Hello, everyone! Welcome back to the Proving Grounds.
This week, we have Calvin Camp. Calvin is an artist who is trying his hand at writing. Let's see how he does in writing for others.
Tales of Aengor
The Streets of BenardVane
The architecture, clothing styles,...
Hello, everyone. Welcome back to the Proving Grounds. This week brings us Patrick Brusnahan. Let's see how he does.
SHOOT FIRST, ASK LATER #1
TITLE: The Big Break
OK, first of all, if you want to know how I’d like the panels to be, just give me an e-mail and I can send you my...
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