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Praise for Jessica Abel's Out on the Wire

A Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2015

A Tech Times Best Comic of 2015

“A boundary-pushing comic, a love letter from one blossoming new media to another...Out on the Wire is a terrific book for radio superfans and would-be producers, a niche audience that isn't so niche anymore.”—Los Angeles Times

“With comics and podcasts both on the rise, it’s a perfect time for a media collision: Abel investigates modern narrative radio and its stars.” –Entertainment Weekly

“One of fall's coolest graphic reads...Consider the 240 pages a documentary comic and Abel your host.”—Marie Claire

“What makes [Out on the Wire] especially fascinating is its use of visuals to represent an aural form; not only are we reading behind-the-scenes stories of what we eventually hear, but we get a rare glimpse of what the people and places in them look like thanks to the not-often-enough-used comics journalism.” Chicagoreader.com

“This instructive, impassioned, and educational volume uses a deliberate and friendly approach in the vein of Scott McCloud… A must-read not just for listeners of today’s great flowering of audio storytelling but for those who want to learn how to do it themselves.”—Publishers Weekly

“A richly engaging graphic narrative about radio storytelling and storytelling in general… A spirited work whose readership should not be limited to those who make radio narrative or love to listen to it.” —Kirkus Reviews [starred]

“Abel (La Perdida) has performed a metamasterpiece by reporting with visual finesse and detail the complicated and sometimes precarious process behind public radio shows such as Radiolab and This American Life… Indispensible for communications collections and a valuable asset for anyone considering a career in media.” —Library Journal [starred]

About the Author

Cartoonist and writer JESSICA ABEL is the author of two textbooks about making comics, Drawing Words & Writing Pictures and Mastering Comics, written in collaboration with her husband, the cartoonist Matt Madden. She is also the author of the graphic novel La Perdida and a new science fiction comics series called Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars.

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  • ASIN : 0385348436
  • Publisher : Crown; Illustrated edition (August 25, 2015)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780385348430
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0385348430
  • Item Weight : 1.32 pounds
  • Dimensions : 7.1 x 0.76 x 9.11 inches
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book made a huge difference in my podcast.
By Max Trescott on March 8, 2019
My Aviation News Talk podcast is a news and pilot skills show for pilots and student pilots, but I came across a compelling story that I wanted to do in a narrative format. I'd figured out some of the devices used by This American Life and NPR podcasts, but Out on the Wire really helped me understand their methodology more fully. I read the book over a weekend and then made many small changes to the episode based on what I learned in the book. I released the episode a few days ago, and downloads are running about 35% ahead of other recent episodes. And the FAA contacted me saying they'd like to promote the episode through their social media! Thank you Jessica! What I learned from you has given my show a strong boost! If you want to check out the episode, it's #101 Emergency Landing: Controller Talks Down Student Pilot After Oil Covers Windshield at aviationnewstalk.com
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Nathan Sawatzky
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story telling and remarkably helpful
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guidance
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guidance
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 23, 2019
I loved the idea of a cartoon explaining how to make audio stories but was unsure it would work.
It did. Although I know a lot about storytelling being a journalist and novelist I learned so much from this book. It is very informative and explains to the reader in a very attractive ways. The idea works!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book. Comic strip format is great
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