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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I would highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to write comics.
In a book about writing for comics, for example, it's just as important to see what a finished script looks like as it is to read about how it's done.
Whether you write comic books or novels, there are powerful nuggets on the writing process that if applied, you will experience growth in your craft.
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 8 days 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 19 days ago by Zed
I love this book and have absolutely no talent drawing, etc.,Published 1 month ago by Dr. Daniel L. Young
This is a great book to have on your shelf especially if you are going to Savannah College of Art and Design ( SCAD ) for Sequential. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Morgan Harrigan
You will belive you can write a comic book. Writing a comic book isn't as complicated as trying to convince someone to pay you to do it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I grew up reading comics, and as I entered into a writing career of my own I secretly held on to a dream that I might one day write for some of my favorite titles. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kevin Tumlinson
this book is good for intro to comic writing and writing period I have read a few books on writing and this just solidifies the fact that you must capture your readers.Published 5 months ago by Marcus Bates
Dennis O'Neill produced some very sophisticated and cutting-edge work in his time, and in this book some of his aura rubs off, making it a worthwhile volume to read. Read morePublished 8 months ago by J. R. Trtek