Alverne Ball has a M.F.A in Fiction writing from Columbia College Chicago. He has completed studies in Columbia College's prestigious Semester in Los Angeles program, an intensive course focused on the adaptation of material to the screen.
His writing has been published in the literary magazine Annalemma, in Columbia College newspaper The Chronicle, online at Brokenfrontier.com, comicbookresources.com, and online for the Museum of contemporary Photography in Chicago. His short stories of suspense have appeared in the Sin anthology by Avendia Press and Criminal Class Review as well as the online magazine, the heated forest.
Mr. Ball has been working in the comics industry for 10+ years as a writer, consultant, and creator. He's the co-writer of One Nation published by 133art. He's done consulting work for Paramount pictures, De Bona Ventura productions, and a number of independent production houses. He's studied graphic novel storytelling at Columbia College under the tutelage of the great horror writer, Mort Castle and he's taught comic book writing at Chicago's Noble charter high school.
Recently, Mr. Ball received the 2014 & 2015 Glyph award as a rising star for his writing on the One Nation comic book published by 133art.com. In 2009 Mr. Ball received first place in the Union League Civic & Arts Foundation Creative Writing Competition for his graphic story, "Virgin Wolf." He has also received numerous Weisman Scholarships for his other graphic stories, R-Squared, Geddeon and Zulu.
Unique traits: understanding story and its complexity within the overall concept
CROOK COUNTY Crime ⋄ Drama After graduating from DePaul Law School, Diondre Hill, a first year lawyer is given the trial of his life to defend his mentor and current gang leader in a drug trial that could end his career even before it begins.
SOUL SURVIVOR Crime ⋄ Drama ⋄ Fantasy Thomas Root, a stockbroker, has fallen on hard times and is given a chance to save his soul from damnation after a failed suicide attempt. Now Tom must travel the world as a “salesman” with a mystical bag in which anything that appears within the bag he must use in order to save other people’s souls.
Divine Right Crime ⋄ Drama Danny Doron is a 16-year-old quasi-nerd with a girlfriend, comic book geeks for friends, and an uncle who controls one of the largest Marijuana Cartels in the country. When Danny’s uncle is mysteriously killed, the prodigal genius secretly takes the reins of the criminal empire in order to safeguard his family.
Film (Short and Crime) Writer Roman, a former by-the-book, straight-laced cop, struggles to keep his double-life in order as he searches for ways - sometimes illegal - to pay for his ailing son's medical expenses while evading capture from an overzealous IAD agent.
Film (Short and Crime) Writer A tattoo artist and client share a tale of woe that leaves their lives forever changed between the shedding of tattooed tears.
Uzalo TV series
Television by Stained Glass Productions, South Africa Story liner/treatment writer
Glyph Rising Star Award
Glyph Rising Star Award
Best short graphic story from Union League Civic & Arts Foundation Creative Writing Competition
Honorable Mention Script Pipeline Teleplay Competition
Columbia College Chicago