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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

Nat Gertler is an acclaimed comic book editor, educator, and graphic novel industry expert. His serialized graphic novel, "The Factor," was nominated for an Eisner Award, and his publishing imprint, About Comics, has released works by several "New York Times" bestselling authors. He is the author of seven "Complete Idiot's Guides" books.
Steve Lieber is an award-wining graphic artist who has professionally drawn Conan, Buffy, Superman, Star Trek, and Batman comics. Lieber recently completed work on a sequel to the graphic novel, "Road To Perdition," which was the source for the 2003 Academy Award-winning film by the same name.

Neil Gaiman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, and is the recipient of numerous literary honors. Originally from England, he now lives in America.

A writer, comedian, film producer, and director, Kevin Smith produced the Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting; wrote and directed numerous successful films, including Clerks, Chasing Amy, and Jersey Girl; authored Silent BobSpeaks, Shootin 'the Sh*t with Kevin Smith, and the New York Times bestseller My Boring-Ass Life; and cohosts "SModcast" on SiriusXM radio. He lives in Los Angeles.

Jeff Smith was a Missouri State Senator from 2007 to 2009, representing the city of St. Louis. After serving a year-long sentence in FCI Manchester for obstruction of justice, he is now an assistant professor at the New School's Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Planning. He is the author of "Ferguson in Black and White", an ebook exploring the roots of the racial tension in Ferguson, Missouri. He lives in New Jersey.

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Product Details

  • Series: Panel One Scripts by Top Comics Writers Tp (New Prtg) (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: ABOUT COMICS; 1St Edition edition (March 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971633800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971633803
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.4 x 10.9 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: #466,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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This is very similar to Panel Two, which I bought because of certain comic book writers that I enjoyed. Panel One is basically the same, which provide examples and even so "how to's" and "why's that" type of information.
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