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Anything you've ever wanted to know about comic scriptwriting is in here -- Savant #82, August 22nd, 2002

It's an attractive package put together by comics writer Nat Gertler, and it's welcome, indeed. GRADE: A -- Comics Buyer's Guide issue 1483

There aren't many books that pass for "invaluable references" in our field, but this qualifies. -- Steven Grant's Permanent Damage column, April 3rd, 2002

About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the author of the best-selling Trigger Warnings, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, The Graveyard Book, Coraline, The Sandman series, and many other works. His fiction has received Newbery, Carnegie, Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner Awards. His novel American Gods is being made into a TV miniseries to air in 2017. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States.
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Product Details

  • Series: Panel One Scripts by Top Comics Writers Tp (New Prtg) (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: About Comics; 1St Edition edition (March 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971633800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971633803
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Blake Petit VINE VOICE on April 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
One thing that's bugged me in my various efforts at writing a comic book script is that no reference I checked seemed to agree as to what format is right. As this book explains, that's because there IS no "right" or "wrong" format, just different ways to do it.
Every script in this volume shows you something. Gaiman's reads like a personal note to the artist, Wolfman shows how plot-first can work, McDuffie shows you how to work in a recap, Kevin Smith shows a more movie-script style of writing and Kurt Busiek's entry... heck, when I read the original comic book I thought it was one of the greatest comic book stories I ever read, but the script for "The Nearness of You" just made it all the more powerful.
If you want to try to write comics, you could do a lot worse than picking up this book.
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This book is exactly as advertised: a great collection of comic scripts by some of the best writers in the field. This is important for two reasons:

1) There is no set format for comic scripts, so seeing examples of how other people write theirs is invaluable.

2) It can be hard to find sample comic scripts online, especially by the top names in the field. Here's nine of them in one shot.

Reading this book will give you great insight into how comics are made, and also how some of the best creators in the field approach their craft.
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This is very similar to Panel Two, which I bought because of certain comic book writers that I enjoyed. Panel One is basically the same, which provide examples and even so "how to's" and "why's that" type of information.
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This book is exactly what it claims to be: a collection of scripts by top comic book writers. As such, it is instructive: the scripts follow one another and it's fascinating to see how each creative mind works differently. And presents finished scripts differently! The book is definitely worth reading and studying, but I found myself wishing throughout that there had been more information, comments, instructions, and/or suggestions from the editor.
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It's a collection of comic book scripts, written by some of the best in the business. I'd love it if there were more examples of the finished product, and a step-by-step of back-and-forth between writer and the rest of the creative team would be awesome, but if what you really want is examples of the real deal, this is it.
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This book is amazing. It is a real pleasure to read these scripts and to admire the different styles. This is truly inspiring but... What is this ugly cover ? Why is the inside presentation so cheap ? I'm sure there are a lot of explanations, but, in case you re-edit it, would be a good idea to make this jewel shine.
Thanks a lot mister Gertler.
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