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Writing for Comics and Graphic Novels with Peter David (Writing for Comics & Graphic Novels) 2nd Edition
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I've reviewed numerous books on writing for comics, but this was by far my favorite. David goes in depth on inspiration for stories, characters and their motivations, themes, story structure, and scripting. Within all of these sections he offers up highly detailed insights and tips to help you succeed in the industry, or in your self-published comics project. As with any good book on writing, these suggestions are strictly geared toward comics, and can be applied to writing just about any type of character-driven epic you can imagine.
To reinforce all of his ideas, Peter provides pages from existing comics -- sometimes entire sections so that you understand how sequential art plays into voicing your ideas. A comic book is made up of moments frozen in time and specific beats that move the story along. David provides one of the best sections on pacing in comics that I have read to date. Though you may not be familiar with all of the pages within this book (there are some odds and ends of lesser known titles) they are all prime examples of what he is preaching within the pages.
Sprinkled in throughout the chapters are different exercises that the aspiring comic writer can use to hone and develop his or her skills.Read more ›
I did, and I read the book, and parts of it explained things I didn't understand while parts of it were like a foreign language. Fortunately, the author had plenty of patience and after some grousing and WTFing, I figured things out an kept reading. Now, somehow, my friend and I are managing to get words and pictures and stories cobbled together into something cool.
This book will absolutely remain on my reference shelf for years to come. Be patient if you, like me, don't "get it" immediately. Most of the book is geared toward action/adventure stories, but the basic plot, outline, scripting and story boarding advice is easy enough to follow for your own genre. It took me a couple of tries, but I'm only a casual comics reader, and had to learn how comics work.
I have to admit this book did get me to buy some of the old stories that he used in his examples.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It wouldn't have been a bad book, but the glossy orange paper with the small black text made it impossible to read.Published 11 months ago by deblake60
Best Book Ever. Peter David is one of the great comic book writers of 20th centuryPublished 18 months ago by Cory Bland
Excellent book, get it NOW!!! There are just a few books as good as this one... Peter David, you are the man!!Published on December 3, 2013 by Geronimo Portorreal
Peter David is one of the few comic book masters out there.
His run on the incredible Hulk, Spider-man 2099, and the continuation of Genis as the second Captain Marvel... Read more
I am totally pleased with this purchase. Peter David has such a sense of humor, and he cuts right to the point - finds a way to unclutter the information and gives it to you. Read morePublished on June 15, 2011 by zamcam