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Get that story out of your head and onto paper! A guide to creating graphic novels- presented in the form of a graphic novel- from a veteran in the field! In You Can Do a Graphic Novel, Barbara Slate guides aspiring graphic novelists through the same process she learned in her early days working for Marvel and DC Comics-a process she has simplified for the classes she te Get that story out of your head and onto paper! A guide to creating graphic novels- presented in the form of a graphic novel- from a veteran in the field! In You Can Do a Graphic Novel, Barbara Slate guides aspiring graphic novelists through the same process she learned in her early days working for Marvel and DC Comics-a process she has simplified for the classes she teaches and for the syndicated column she writes. Written in the form of a graphic novel itself, the book covers all the components and shows readers how to: ?Find their own drawing style regardless of ability ?Create memorable characters, compelling plots and subplots, and engaging dialog ?Traverse the graphic novel business


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Get that story out of your head and onto paper! A guide to creating graphic novels- presented in the form of a graphic novel- from a veteran in the field! In You Can Do a Graphic Novel, Barbara Slate guides aspiring graphic novelists through the same process she learned in her early days working for Marvel and DC Comics-a process she has simplified for the classes she te Get that story out of your head and onto paper! A guide to creating graphic novels- presented in the form of a graphic novel- from a veteran in the field! In You Can Do a Graphic Novel, Barbara Slate guides aspiring graphic novelists through the same process she learned in her early days working for Marvel and DC Comics-a process she has simplified for the classes she teaches and for the syndicated column she writes. Written in the form of a graphic novel itself, the book covers all the components and shows readers how to: ?Find their own drawing style regardless of ability ?Create memorable characters, compelling plots and subplots, and engaging dialog ?Traverse the graphic novel business

30 review for You Can Do a Graphic Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mycala

    This book was alright. It's pretty simplistic -- I was surprised that the reviews are so over-the-top on Amazon. Of course, it is geared towards 7th grade and up but honestly, this might have appealed to me when I was 7 or 8. By the time I was in 7th grade I would have found it ever so slightly condescending. The writer seems to assume that the majority of graphic novels are made-up stories, but she does throw in Harvey Pekar's American Splendor. Granted, the term "graphic novel" does imply fict This book was alright. It's pretty simplistic -- I was surprised that the reviews are so over-the-top on Amazon. Of course, it is geared towards 7th grade and up but honestly, this might have appealed to me when I was 7 or 8. By the time I was in 7th grade I would have found it ever so slightly condescending. The writer seems to assume that the majority of graphic novels are made-up stories, but she does throw in Harvey Pekar's American Splendor. Granted, the term "graphic novel" does imply fiction, but "graphic autobiography" and "graphic history" seem a bit clumsy so it seems that "graphic novel" is the label for all such books. The bit that I found insufferable was her frequent use of the word "boring". There are stories that aren't my usual genre (although I have from time to time waded out of my comfort zone to find a very good book) or stories that may not appeal to me because of excessive violence or whatnot, but I rarely find something boring. Indeed, aside from this review, I can't even remember the last time I uttered the word. Early in the book there is a line "everyone has a story" -- maybe it's my interest in biography and people's "real" stories that makes me think of it more as that type of genre, but for the most part I found this book disappointing.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Greg Allan Holcomb

    Years ago I read a bunch of How-To Do Comics books, most of those were a rip-off. This book is good. I'm debating buying a copy or memorizing where it is in the Library. (Currently it's in the Newest book section.) It's not as good as Lurene Haines' books on the Business of Comics, but it is helpful. This won't be the among the first coupla books I recommend for Comics How-To, But it'll be at the top of the next handful. I hope a lot of people take this one out of the Libury (Library +Simsbury) Years ago I read a bunch of How-To Do Comics books, most of those were a rip-off. This book is good. I'm debating buying a copy or memorizing where it is in the Library. (Currently it's in the Newest book section.) It's not as good as Lurene Haines' books on the Business of Comics, but it is helpful. This won't be the among the first coupla books I recommend for Comics How-To, But it'll be at the top of the next handful. I hope a lot of people take this one out of the Libury (Library +Simsbury).

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    This is a great how-to guide for those looking to get into writing their first comic (or graphic novel). Aimed at young adults, a reader of any age could get some great ideas, especially in the planning process. A lot of it could be used for storytelling in general.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Devyn Duffy

    A good introduction to generating ideas, building your confidence, plotting and creating a story, laying out and drawing a graphic novel or comic book, and making connections in the industry. It's a quick read in a graphic style with personal examples and encouragement from the author. As you can tell by the title, the book is aimed toward aspiring comic writers and artists, but it is also useful for readers and for creators of fiction in other forms. I bought my copy from the author herself when A good introduction to generating ideas, building your confidence, plotting and creating a story, laying out and drawing a graphic novel or comic book, and making connections in the industry. It's a quick read in a graphic style with personal examples and encouragement from the author. As you can tell by the title, the book is aimed toward aspiring comic writers and artists, but it is also useful for readers and for creators of fiction in other forms. I bought my copy from the author herself when I attended her panel at a recent comic convention. I recommend meeting Barbara Slate if you ever get the chance.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I read this book more for my students than myself. I'd have to do a stick man version of a graphic novel. Slate clearly lays out the steps to take when writing and illustrating. Her storyboard pages were especially interesting, and I thought they would apply whether a student was "doing" a graphic novel or just regular classroom writing. I read this book more for my students than myself. I'd have to do a stick man version of a graphic novel. Slate clearly lays out the steps to take when writing and illustrating. Her storyboard pages were especially interesting, and I thought they would apply whether a student was "doing" a graphic novel or just regular classroom writing.

  6. 4 out of 5

    David Haggett

    Even though some technological information has changed, the principles remain as changeless as ever!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rosie Rocco

    This is a wonderful book about how to create a graphic novel. I enjoyed the how to guide and how it included bright, bold images. Recommended.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Freda Mans-Labianca

    This book may have been designed to help you create graphic novels or comic books, but the information inside is relevant to writing in general. Most of the tips and tools can be applied to any form of writing, as a basic guideline to follow to create a fantastic and entertaining story. It even helps you deal with "writer's block". So a very useful book indeed! This book may have been designed to help you create graphic novels or comic books, but the information inside is relevant to writing in general. Most of the tips and tools can be applied to any form of writing, as a basic guideline to follow to create a fantastic and entertaining story. It even helps you deal with "writer's block". So a very useful book indeed!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Asenath

    I don't really know how to rate this book, since I've never read any other books about making your own graphic novel. I really liked how she broke everything up into easy steps. I really liked her advice on writing-she had some different approaches that I plan to implement into my Creative Writing class. I don't really know how to rate this book, since I've never read any other books about making your own graphic novel. I really liked how she broke everything up into easy steps. I really liked her advice on writing-she had some different approaches that I plan to implement into my Creative Writing class.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Obert

    A great book on creating a Graphic Novel. The book gives many helpful suggestions and uses many images to illustrate these ideas. The text is light hearted but gives serious attention to the goal of creating a well thought out graphic novel. A fine addition to any creative person’s library.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Laura Cushing

    A good quick introduction to graphic noveling. The illustrations are cute and topical, and it's easy to get into. A good quick introduction to graphic noveling. The illustrations are cute and topical, and it's easy to get into.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christian McKay

    This is one of those moments. If only I could give this a zero!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Arrow

    It's a really cute book for young people, but there's definitely something to be gained by readers of any age. I liked how simply it went through all the information. It's a really cute book for young people, but there's definitely something to be gained by readers of any age. I liked how simply it went through all the information.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Licki

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    Melanie Faith

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    Payton Beamer

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  20. 4 out of 5

    Singleton Makin

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ruben Salas

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    Roma Jones

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    Cindy Lou

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    Melanie Okadigwe

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