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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: About Comics; 1St Edition edition (April 29, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971633800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971633803
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.4 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anything you've ever wanted to know about comic scriptwriting is in here -- Savant #82, August 22nd, 2002

It's an attractive package put together by comics writer Nat Gertler, and it's welcome, indeed. GRADE: A -- Comics Buyer's Guide issue 1483

There aren't many books that pass for "invaluable references" in our field, but this qualifies. -- Steven Grant's Permanent Damage column, April 3rd, 2002

About the Author

Kurt Busiek was working in comics for many years before rocketing to the top of the field by writing Marvels. His original series Astro City has been a lightning-rod for awards.

Neil Gaiman is the New York Times best-selling author of American Gods and Sandman.

Nat Gertler, contributor to and editor of Panel One has written for dozens of publishers. He was nominated for an Eisner award due to his self-published alternative superhero miniseries The Factor.

Dwayne McDuffie co-founded Milestone Media, the most successful black-owned comic book company ever. He co-created Static and writes for the TV adaptation of that series, Static Shock.

Trina Robbins is one of comics leading historians, and her book The Great Women Cartoonists was on the top 10 list for the year 2001 at Time magazine's website.

Greg Rucka was already a respected novelist when he turned to comics, where he quickly garnered awards for his antarctic thriller Whiteout.

Jeff Smith is the cartoonist behind the popular fantasy series Bone. His work on Rose is a rare example of him writing comics for another artist to draw.

Kevin Smith set the independent film world ablaze with his black-and-white film Clerks. He is the writer, director, and star of such popular films as Chasing Amy and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back!. He has brought his own characters to comics, as well as bringing the second-string superheroes Daredevil and Green Arrow up to superstar status.

Marv Wolfman wrote Crisis on Infinite Earths, voted the second best comics story of the 20th century. His long run on Tomb of Dracula included the introduction of the character "Blade", the basis for a series of films.


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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Blake Petit VINE VOICE on April 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
One thing that's bugged me in my various efforts at writing a comic book script is that no reference I checked seemed to agree as to what format is right. As this book explains, that's because there IS no "right" or "wrong" format, just different ways to do it.
Every script in this volume shows you something. Gaiman's reads like a personal note to the artist, Wolfman shows how plot-first can work, McDuffie shows you how to work in a recap, Kevin Smith shows a more movie-script style of writing and Kurt Busiek's entry... heck, when I read the original comic book I thought it was one of the greatest comic book stories I ever read, but the script for "The Nearness of You" just made it all the more powerful.
If you want to try to write comics, you could do a lot worse than picking up this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Craig...E on July 27, 2012
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This book is exactly as advertised: a great collection of comic scripts by some of the best writers in the field. This is important for two reasons:

1) There is no set format for comic scripts, so seeing examples of how other people write theirs is invaluable.

2) It can be hard to find sample comic scripts online, especially by the top names in the field. Here's nine of them in one shot.

Reading this book will give you great insight into how comics are made, and also how some of the best creators in the field approach their craft.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Murphy on April 5, 2013
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It's a collection of comic book scripts, written by some of the best in the business. I'd love it if there were more examples of the finished product, and a step-by-step of back-and-forth between writer and the rest of the creative team would be awesome, but if what you really want is examples of the real deal, this is it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ohioan on August 3, 2011
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This book is exactly what it claims to be: a collection of scripts by top comic book writers. As such, it is instructive: the scripts follow one another and it's fascinating to see how each creative mind works differently. And presents finished scripts differently! The book is definitely worth reading and studying, but I found myself wishing throughout that there had been more information, comments, instructions, and/or suggestions from the editor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Curtis C. Chen on June 25, 2010
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It's very instructive to see how differently every writer approaches his or her script; as Nat Gertler says in his introduction, comic book scripts are direct lines between writers and artists, and each particular relationship influences the way that communication works. Sometimes it reads like a story pitch, and sometimes it's all visual descriptions. There's not a single "correct" or standard way to write these things.

I was highly amused by the fact that Greg Rucka felt the need to include actual endnotes in his script for Whiteout: Melt. Neil Gaiman and Kurt Busiek are brilliant, even in this stripped-down presentation. And Kevin Smith's script is about what you'd expect.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aymeric Perceval on August 10, 2008
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This book is amazing. It is a real pleasure to read these scripts and to admire the different styles. This is truly inspiring but... What is this ugly cover ? Why is the inside presentation so cheap ? I'm sure there are a lot of explanations, but, in case you re-edit it, would be a good idea to make this jewel shine.
Thanks a lot mister Gertler.
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