“Because Bendis!” What Exactly is Decompressed Writing in Comics?

I’ll always find it crazy that people ask me for writing advice. Me, who has only sold about 200 comics in my career!


Still, if nothing else, my time as a commentator on the comics medium may let me give a bit of insight on the problem of decompression in comics.


Decompression isn’t easy to describe. The easiest way I can describe it is a comic book that is trying way too hard to be a movie storyboard.


Brian Michael Bendis, now writing Superman, is the biggest culprit of this “style” of aggravating comic book writing. Many of his comics are written with the collected trade paperbacks in mind, not the single issues. Thus, the readers find themselves very frustrated with him month after month. It’s not a fun time having comic after comic ending with cliffhangers right as the story really starts to get moving.


In my latest video (embedded below), I talk about what you can look out for and hopefully avoid if you’re going to join me in becoming an independent comics creator.


I discuss panel breakdowns, how to keep the flow going, and even give a couple small previews of how I’m scripting Englewood and future projects! Oh, and you can back my indie comic Englewood here!



Because Bendis! - How to avoid decompression in comic writing

Micah Curtis

Micah Curtis is a former video game journalist who has appeared on Blistered Thumbs, Techraptor, SuperNerdLand, and Truthrevolt, and focuses his Youtube channel on the nerd subculture, politics, and the growing intersection between the two. He focuses on the politics surrounding the art industry, the importance of keeping the market free, the rights of the people involved, and (of course) the games, movies, television, and so forth that we all enjoy.