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About the Author

Neil Zawacki is a California-based freelance writer who has long been interested in the plight of evil-doers. Generally considered to be quite villainous himself, he enjoys theater, literature, and world domination.

James Dignan's drawings have appeared in the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal and magazines such as Vogue, Elle, and Marie Claire. He divides his evil-doing time between Australia and Europe.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (February 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811846660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811846660
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Have you ever felt like society has given you a bum steer, bad rap, raw deal, and, in general, the short end of the stick? Do people not afford you the respect and adulation you so richly deserve? Well, what to do? Random acts of violence? Sure, that's fun for awhile, but it will probably end you up in the hoosegow with unfavorable new friends whose main pastime is putting the screwgee to the new meat. In 'How to Be a Villain: Evil Laughs, Secret Lairs, Master Plans, and More!!!' Neil Zawacki, with suitable illustrations provided by James Dignan, presents a very thorough, informative, and witty guidebook to evil villainy and all its' facets.

Chapter one gets you started by detailing the concept of evil, spelling out the benefits, and provides a helpful evil quiz to help determine if this path is for you. Also included is a guide for choosing a suitable evil name, help in defining your motives, and even aid in choosing your own, distinct evil laugh. I prefer the wail of the banshee, but to each his/her own. Chapter two deals with methods of mayhem, focusing on careers in evil. Mad scientist? Despot Dictator? Televangelist? Supreme ruler of the planet? It's all here. Also included is assistance in determining goals and objectives for whatever path you choose. In chapter three, we learn about the forces of good, examining the 'good mentality', hero types and their weaknesses, as it's important to know your enemy. When Captain Goody Two Shoes comes knocking, you'll be prepared to handle this clown in style. The fourth chapter details the tools of the trade, with an in-depth look into evil lairs, a henchman guide (winged monkeys or evil ninjas?
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I saw this on a "Staff Picks" shelf at a local bookshop yesterday evening and, as I was going to meet some friends...er, lackey henchmen...for a drink I figured I'd buy it, since I was early and bookless. I probably should have stolen it, because that would be the evil thing to do, but I didn't want the hassle. Regardless of the method of acquiring it, I found this little book side-splittingly funny, as did my newly recruited minions. In a perfect send-up of the Dr. Evil/Mr. Blofeld style of villain, this book offers valuable advice on finding the perfect hideout, just the right wardrobe and developing a maniacal laugh that suits you (not to mention catchy slogans and jingles to keep your perfidiousness in the public consciousness). Also included are tips on putting together your master plan of evil, just in case you haven't really put a lot of thought yet into why and how you intend to either control or destroy the world. This little volume is a quick read, and a must for those contemplating global domination...
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Having just discussed taking over the world with my friend, we found this book. I laughed the moment I saw the cover illustration with the evil laugh bwah ha ha. The section on having a career as a movie horror villain was enough to buy the book for alone. It's a hilarious piece of writing with very great drawings and excellent use of fellow evil-doers' quotes. A book that quotes C. Montgomery Burns, Darth Vader, and Keyser Sose is a very good reference. Buy this book and have a good laugh. If you don't have the money to buy it, do as it says and start an "evil lemonade stand" to raise it so you can.
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Need a break from all that serious reading you've been doing? Ever wonder how those bad guys you read about and see on TV get to be so very bad? Here's your answer.
How to be a Villain is a wonderful, tongue-in-cheek, humorous look at the steps one must take to become evil.
It starts out with the concepts and benefits of being evil, complete with a quick quiz to discover if you truly are evil. You will choose a name, a motive, and a signature laugh to start you on your way; freeing yourself up to focus on just what kind of evil villain you would excel at. The choices are many, and often times combinable.
Once your career path is planned out, you will need an evil master plan, and in order to carry this out effectively you will need to study up on the forces of good, and how they often present themselves.
Now we're cooking. Find yourself an evil home by studying the broad selection available in these pages, give yourself an outfit and an evil makeover that suits you from the possibilities Mr. Zawacki has lined up, and you are on your way to fulfilling all the evil desires that have been festering inside you for so long; he has even included an easy-to-follow work sheet to speed you along your way.
This was a fun, fanciful read; a nice break from real life. The layout is similar to other "how to" books, one of the things that makes it fun; but the illustrations could have (and should have) been better. But the writing is fun and frisky, with a tongue-in-cheek humor that will leave you laughing.
I'll include an example of choosing an evil home. The choices are underground lair, hollowed out volcano, medieval castle, hell, corporate tower, airship, haunted woods, abandoned church, dungeon, and more. In considering Hell for an evil home, Mr.
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