Thinking Critical Comic Book Podcast

Avoiding Comic Book Writing Tropes with Mark Pellegrini and Aaron Sparrow

May 11, 2021

Comic writers Aaron Sparrow (Darkwing Duck) and Mark Pellegrini (Kamen America) join Wes to discuss the worst writing tropes in comics. Writing tropes exist for a reason, they work! Tropes are very useful tools but overused they detract from the story and often times excuse poor writing or planning. McGuffin/Deus Ex Machina, Written in the Stars, Superhero Family and Tragic Villain are some of the most played out tropes in all of comics. Aaron and Mark explain the pitfalls of tropes and how to keep your comic book writing fresh, exciting and trope free.


Mark Pellegrini Bio


Mark Pellegrini is a creative consultant and writer for NINJAINK, LLC and his collaborations with Timothy Lim have been published by IDW and UDON studios. As a freelance featured writer, his articles and creative works have been published by such websites as Adventures in Poor Taste, Comics Alliance, Ain't it Cool News, and io9. You can find more of his writing at TMNT Entity.




Twitter: @PelleCreepy


Aaron Sparrow Bio

Aaron Sparrow is a comic book writer and editor who got his start as a copy editor at Tokyopop. In 2009, he became the Lead Editor for Boom! Studios' new line of Disney comic books. In addition to his editorial work on these titles, Sparrow also heavily lobbied to do a Darkwing Duck comic, having been a huge fan of the cartoon. 



Twitter: @Aaron_Sparrow 


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