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The first writing software designed solely for writing comic books, graphic novels and manga.
The first writing software designed solely for writing comic books, graphic novels and manga.
185 backers pledged $7,786 to help bring this project to life.

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Superscript: the Comic Book Writer's Sidekick

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Superscript is the first writing software designed exclusively for writers of comic books, graphic novels and manga. Superscript includes all the usual features found in other text editors, plus it automatically handles the tedious and distracting tasks you would normally be doing manually when writing a comic book script.

Incremental Stretch Goal: 1 Month per $500

For each additional $500 we raise above our $5000 goal, everyone who claims a license reward will have their license extended by 1 month. For lifetime license backers, the 1-year of updates will be upgraded accordingly.

Top Tier Freebie

We don't want the top-tier backers to feel left out, but since we can't extend anybody's lifetime ... the $100 "Lifetime license + featured credit" reward will now include the pre-release version of Superscript. That means that soon after the Kickstarter ends, we will send you a link to download the pre-release version of Superscript, which will last until the official full release of the app.

What People Are Saying

"Intuitive, powerful and versatile"M. R. Carey (Lucifer, Hellblazer, X-Men)

"A fascinating development in software for script writers. Artists have been well served for comic art specific software for years with both and this could well turn into the writers best tool for writing comics. It outputs scripts in a format that's perfect for an artist to work from too, and that's a big plus in my eyes (panel counts at the top of the page? YES PLEASE)" — P. J. Holden (Judge Dredd, Terminator/Robocop: Kill Human)

"I've been using a Microsoft Word template for quite some time, but this has me intrigued..." — Jim Zub, (The Avengers, Wayward)

"Undoubtedly the most important software to be created for Comic book creators since ClipPaint studio streamlined digital illustration. This is a game changer for all the Comic writers out there trying to make film scripting software fit their work instead of the other way around!" — ComixCentral

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Automatic Numbering

Automatic numbering is possibly the most important feature of Superscript. What sets this apart from other editors like Scrivener is the way it works. You don't need to remember mysterious code like "<$n>" and enter them into a special dialog box. All you do is type "page", hit return, and "PAGE 1" is inserted for you.

Automatic formatting and numbering
Automatic formatting and numbering

The best part is that whenever you add or remove a page, every page after it will be renumbered immediately as well. So there's no need to worry about updating page and panel numbers every time you need to change something. Automatic numbering even allows you to create headers for spans of pages and panels, which is perfect for writing multi-page splashes, panel sequences and for outlining early drafts of your script.

Automatic Formatting

The next biggest feature is contextualized formatting. Just write your script and let Superscript deal with the styling. Your title, metadata, page, panel and character headings, dialog and action text are all styled automatically based on simple clues to the editor. E.g., character headings end in colons and dialog begins with a tab.

Spoken Word Count

Another feature that only makes sense for comic script writers is word count. This will tally up the words in every dialog section and show you the word count on the corresponding page, panel and character headings. Professional writers often count up the words per page by hand to make sure they're not overwhelming their readers with their loquaciousness. There's a reason they're calling graphic novels, after all.

Even set your own page and bubble limits to see when you're going over:

Word count with and without limits
Word count with and without limits

Autocomplete 

Superscript includes spellchecking and autocompleting custom defined characters and made-up words (great for sci-fi and fantasy).

Autocomplete for character names
Autocomplete for character names

Add Comments and Images

Adding comments in the margin of the script is a great way to keep notes when sharing a document via Dropbox or Google Drive. Images are useful for when you need to give your artist a bit of reference.

Comments and images
Comments and images

Export to...

PDF, Word, rich text, plain text and markdown. It's your script. You should be able to share it in whatever format is best for you. Multiple formatting options are available, including page number written out longhand and bubble numbering. The multiple layout options include character and dialog side-by-side (the Fred Van Lente style) and centered character and dialog (screenplay style).

Export options and print preview
Export options and print preview

Letterer Mode

Switch to Letterer Mode to have character headings numbered in the app and quickly copy dialog with 1 click. Activate the "I/i" mode to convert non-lone I's to lowercase to make use of skinny I's in widely used comic book fonts.

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View Your Changes

Compare drafts of your script to quickly see the differences between them.

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Cross Platform

Superscript will be Available for MacOS 10.9+ and Windows 7+. If there's enough interest, we can make Superscript available for Linux as well.

Superscript is built on top of cross-platform technologies, most notably Electron.js, Vue.js and Quill.js. These well-tested libraries allow us to build for multiple platforms, develop new features quickly and ensure a stable product.

Roger Beckett Rewards

We are working with the artist Roger Beckett, former Assistant Editor of Living Dead Magazine, to help tailor Superscript for writing manga in addition to Western style comic books. To celebrate this collaboration, we are offering a limited top-tier reward for a backers who would like a custom portrait from Roger. Check out his other work at www.rogerlbeckett.com/work

Roger Beckett's original artwork
Roger Beckett's original artwork

Charon Comics Rewards

We're partnering with Frederick Packard and Joshua Valliere of Charon Comics, winners of ComixCentral's 2017 "Best Fantasy" comic for Skylin, to help us test and improve Superscript for professional use. We are offering the first issues of their flagship series, Sol Survivor and Skylin as rewards.

Skylin and Sol Survivor
Skylin and Sol Survivor
   

Rapid City Below Zero Rewards

Josh Dahl has been involved with making and teaching comic books for most of his life. He's the author of Rapid City, Rapid City Below Zero and The Barks. Josh is combining his comic writing experience with his knack for breaking things to help make Superscript bug-free and useable by all.

Josh currently offers consultations at makebettercomics.com

Rapid City Below Zero #1-3
Rapid City Below Zero #1-3

Risks and challenges

This is a text editor, so the biggest risk (however unlikely it may be) is that the document you've been working on for months somehow gets corrupted and you lose your work. That's why we need to test, test, test, which your support will help fund.

Also, since this is a desktop application, you are in complete control of your files and we encourage you to back up your files regularly.

I've spent over a decade building web applications for various businesses including medical and immigration services, where the risks are far higher and people's lives and livelihoods are at stake. So the risks and challenges I face with this app are minimal.

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    Digital comic download

    $0.99 off the retail price. Digital copy of either Sol Survivor issue 1 or Skylin issue 1, by our partner, Charon Comics. Skylin is the 2017 winner of ComixCentral's "Best Fantasy" award.

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    Rapid City Below Zero #1-5 download

    Download the first 5 issues of the acclaimed indie series Rapid City Below Zero, from writer Josh Dahl and artist Shawn Langley.

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    6-month license

    You get the app as soon as it's ready for release. You'll have access to all the features and updates for six months.

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    Early bird special! 1-year license

    A full 1-year license to the app, including updates.

    20% off the full price.

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    • Digital copy of Sol Survivor issue 1 and Skylin issue 1
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    1-year license

    You get the app the day it's released, with access to all the features and updates for one year.

    Less than the cost of a 12-month comic subscription!

    This price may go up once the app is released, so pledge now!

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    Superscript for life!

    Lifetime license of Superscript, including 1 year of updates.

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    Featured comic of the month

    Promote your comic by being one of our 2 featured comics of the month on superscriptapp.com, linking to your website or Kickstarter campaign. Your choice of month, August-December 2018 (first ask, first serve).

    We'll also give you the pre-released version of Superscript as soon as this Kickstarter has completed, so you can begin writing your next comic book with it right away. (Expect a few bugs.)

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    • Digital copy of Sol Survivor issue 1 and Skylin issue 1
    • Featured comic promotion
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    Lifetime license + featured credit

    Get a lifetime license to Superscript, including updates and all the features we haven't even thought about yet!

    Includes:
    • Digital copy of Sol Survivor issue 1 and Skylin issue 1
    • Featured backer credit on superscriptapp.com
    • Lifetime license of Superscript
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    Commissioned portrait bundle

    A $300 value. This reward includes an original 9x12 charcoal or stippling portrait drawn by the artist Roger Beckett. The subject can be you, a loved one, a celebrity, or a horror monster. It's your choice (but it must be something human-ish).

    Included is a lifetime license of Superscript with 1 year of updates.

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    • Digital copy of Sol Survivor issue 1 and Skylin issue 1
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