- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Broadway Books (August 25, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780385348430
- ISBN-13: 978-0385348430
- ASIN: 0385348436
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 68 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio Paperback – August 25, 2015
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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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If you want to improve your storytelling craft, go find yourself a workshop with a proven storyteller from radio. If you can't find one in your area, reading this book is a great backup plan, or at least a good supplement to an editor.
I was working on my independently produced podcast Working Sunday for a year or so before being recommended your book. It was a complete gamechanger for me. It not only reinvigorated my enthusiasm (which was waning) but gave me super practical tips on how to build scenes and craft stories ...
I've completely re-organized my workflow as a result.
I can't thank you enough :)