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Writers on Comics Scriptwriting, Vol. 1 Paperback – December 1, 2002

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Insightful for professionals, mouth-watering for fans and wonderfully inspirational for wannabe scribes, roll on Volume Two! --Danny Graydon -- Amazon.co.uk Review by Danny Graydon
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (December 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184023069X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840230697
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #795,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you're looking for information about how to write comic book scripts, this book should be tops on your list. Through interviews with several bright stars on the comics scene, we are treated to a fairly in-depth treatment of how they work, how they got started, some of the problems they've faced, and more. Of particular interest are the answers to the questions about the "method" used by each of these writers to actually get their scripts down on paper. The discussion isn't limited to mere "plot-style" vs. "full-script style". The writers provided a detailed view of how they sit down and begin the task of writing stories in comic-book format -- from outlining, to thumbnail sketches, to actual scripting, the discussion on these and other topics is invaluable.
I admit that I haven't heard of some of the folks interviewed here, but I read every one, and can honestly say that there's something of value in every single interview. Interesting and insightful -- you won't be sorry!
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This is a fan mag done by a fan for fans. The talent he interviews are amazing but sometimes the questions he asks are inane. If you are a fan then this is a worthwhile read but if you are a writer looking for nuts and bolts advice on the process of generating a comic script then you will be disappointed. You got to wade through a lot of pointless chatter to get those rare nuggets of wisdom. There are no complete examples of comic scripts only small one or two page excerpts. The talent he interviews is cool but this was not a worthwhile book.
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Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down and in a matter of three days, I was staring at the blank last page just wishing for more.

This would prove an enjoyable read for any comics fan or anyone who is interested in taking a peek behind the curtain of the industry. All of the writers interviewed here (most of which are practically house hold names) share a lot of about themselves, how they broke into the industry, their influences, and what they'd still like to accomplish somewhere down the road.

If you write in the sci-fi field, there's definitely something to be learned from these masters of the sequential storytelling craft.

I tip my hat to the author, Mark Salisbury, for asking some great, thought-provoking questions to the folks he interviewed. Everything was compiled very well and was very engaging. I thank him showing the readers another side of the comics industry.

I found the whole thing very fascinating and look forward to getting my hands on volume 2.
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This is not just an excellent book for aspiring writers of comics but a grast look behind the curtain for comics fans like myself who have no interst in writing their own comics or comicswriting as a cearer.As in anyanthology some entries are more compelling than others but all are worth reading at least once.I wish the book were longer with more detailed interviews because the content is so good A must read for any serious fan of superhero mainstream comics.Now do a third volume featuring men like Crumb Clowes Ware Burns the Hernandez brothers and women like Lynda Barry and the artist behind Persopolis A great book this is also my review of Volume2 of the series
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Lots of filler in this book, but, sprinkled through it are some nice tips. Also, the book is filled with excellent example pages of comic scripts. All in all a helpful book.
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