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99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style Paperback – October 25, 2005
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In 2002 he was named foreign correspondent of the French avant-garde comics group, OuBaPo (the Workshop for Potential Comics).Â His book 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style (Penguin), a comics adaptation of Raymond Queneau's Exercises in Style, which has numerous foreign editions including Japan, France, Italy, and Spain, further cemented his position as a leading figure in experimental comics.
Madden is based in Brooklyn NY with his wife, Jessica Abel,Â and their two children. He teaches comics at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and he collaborated with his wife on a comics textbook, Drawing Words & Writing Pictures, published by First Second. The couple are also co-series editors of The Best American Comics from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Their follow-up to DW&WP, Mastering Comics, was published by First Second in the spring of 2012.
Top Customer Reviews
a comic-book-reader. It is not that I don't appreciate
the art form, I simply never really think about comics
nor do I consider graphic novels among my preferred
I picked it off the shelf without looking inside, I
thought, "Hmmm, perspective - let me check this out"
as I had just taught a writing workshop using different
perspectives and was astonished to find the insights,
awarenesses and "a-ha's" the exercises had upon
Well, they haven't seen anything yet in comparison to
what they will be able to connect with upon experiencing
Madden's brilliance in this simple book.
This book would be excellent for people whose job includes
telling a story - it would also serve and be beneficial
for those who are wanting to increase in problem solving
ability and think differently.
One of the intriguing bonuses is learning a lot of new
words (like "Emanata" - a purely comic book term - read
the sources in the back for a complete definition.)
As a creative person, it opens up all sorts of different
approaches, thus inspiring the reader-creative-maven to
approach their art differently....which is the
foundation of any life or artistic growth and
The first word I scribbled on my page as I was reading
this volume was "Brilliant!" and that summarizes this
Did this loosen me up and make me more creative? Am I now ready to write the great American novel? Well, not yet. But it has gotten me thinking about new approaches to plotting and characterization, and I think that's the whole point. Thanks, Matt!
Some of my favorite "versions" of the story:
"Voyeur" presents each panel from a perspective outside one of the windows.
"Reframing" tells the story entirely with hands and punctuation marks.
"What Happens When the Ice Truck Comes to Hogan's Alley" pays tribute to Richard Outcault.
"A Lifetime to Get to the Refrigerator" ages the main character as he progresses through the panels.
"Actor's Studio II" has the story's character exaggerate the relevant emotion in each panel.
The story variations are interesting and clever. This book can be read for entertainment or as a stimulus for developing a less constrained writing style. It's also fun to pass around the office.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best Book for writers. Was told to get it...and LOVE it.Published 2 months ago by Jamie L. Whitaker
It's very clever and will probably appeal to many people. Unfortunately, I purchased it to help my 13-year-old granddaughter, and it includes suggestive content swearing on every... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Momela
Visual examples of voice/tone/point of view. Great classroom tool!Published 6 months ago by Book Girl
Don't consume it at one go... Sip on this a few stories a day. You'll find it very interesting. Also good if you want to get inspiration for videography or drawing a comic. Read morePublished 8 months ago by James Y
This book is an imitation and homage to Raymond Queneau’s legendary Exercises in Style. Both works in turn reflect the tradition of books of etudes that teach and explore... Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by Dirk van Nouhuys
First you have to relearn how to read in pictures and words. Then you have to look and read 99 different but similar points of view on a single theme. Read morePublished on October 6, 2013 by everbeeneatin