O'Neil explains three-act story structure and examines subplots, characterization, and methods for developing drama and suspense. He then applies these concepts to comics' specific forms: graphic novels, miniseries, maxiseries, and the rare megaseries (such as Batman: No Man's Land, a year-long über-narrative played out across five comics titles). As in good comics, words and images work together in this book. Every idea is illustrated by panels or pages from great moments in DC Comics lore. Especially illuminating are the script excerpts that come paired with the comic book pages they describe.
Strangely, the book ignores the visual side of comics writing. Modern comics scripts specify shots, angles, and blocking in movie-director fashion, but that craft is never addressed. (DC has a good opportunity here for a second volume.) However, what this book sets out to teach--storytelling--it does quite well. Aspiring comics writers won't just learn theory, they'll be empowered, because O'Neil provides a framework for crafting new tales. --J.B. Peck
Susan Salpini, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
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This was a gift for my son and he thoroughly enjoyed it. Good delivery and on time too. ThanksPublished 1 day ago by Stephanie Atarod
This book is extremely informative. I learned a lot about plot and sub plot set up for comics as well as writing a script. I plan on buying all the DC guides.Published 1 month ago by emcee_square
Tips from Denny O. are extremely helpful and 40 years of experience you just won't get anywhere else!Published 2 months ago by John Skikus
This book gives great insight into the world of writing comics. It is a good read, many jokes, examples, and all around fun read.Published 3 months ago by Michael Alvarez
There are so many books on comic creation out there and I have one other on the writing. This is near perfect from a real master of the form. Usable, practical advice.Published 3 months ago by Zed