DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics

DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics

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by Dennis O'Neil
     
 

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For any writer who wants to become an expert comic-book storyteller, The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics is the definitive, one-stop resource!

In this valuable guide, Dennis O’Neil, a living legend in the comics industry, reveals his insider tricks and no-fail techniques for comic storytelling. Readers will discover the various methods of writing

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For any writer who wants to become an expert comic-book storyteller, The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics is the definitive, one-stop resource!

In this valuable guide, Dennis O’Neil, a living legend in the comics industry, reveals his insider tricks and no-fail techniques for comic storytelling. Readers will discover the various methods of writing scripts (full script vs. plot first), as well as procedures for developing a story structure, building subplots, creating well-rounded characters, and much more. O’Neil also explains the many diverse formats for comic books, including graphic novels, maxi-series, mega-series, and adaptation. Of course, there are also dozens of guidelines for writing proposals to editors that command attention and get results.

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Adult/High School-This witty, clear, and concise guide is tailored to those who want to create comics. O'Neil is adamant that there is no One True Way, although he stresses the importance of practice. He discusses story structure, characterization, script preparation, and other general writing topics. He also covers those more specific to comics writing such as miniseries, maxiseries, and continuity. O'Neil addresses the visual component of the art, the importance of page layout, and the relationship between the writer and the artist. He concludes with a short essay, "Writing Humor Comics," by Mark Evanier. The book is lavishly illustrated with black-and-white examples from various DC comics. In addition, the author includes many pages of scripts, which are usually juxtaposed with the finished page. He provides excellent advice and guidance for beginners. Although the examples focus on DC characters and stories, the content should have broad appeal. This is a nice balance to the many how-to-draw-comics books in most collections. Even for nonwriters, the book is interesting for the background look it provides into how comics are created.-Susan Salpini, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823010271
Publisher:
Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
220,838
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

For more than 20 years, Batman editor and writer Dennis O’Neil has put the “dark” in the Dark Knight and has been the guiding force behind the Batman mythos. He has been called a master of the comics form, and the dean of American comics writers. A best-selling novelist and screenwriter, O’Neil currently teaches a course in comic book writing at Sarah Lawrence College. He lives in Nyack, New York.

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DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Dennis O'Neil goes through all the elements of writing comics, and shows the tips and tricks to becoming a successful comic writer. I learned a lot from this book and am very happy with it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He gives a lot of detail as to what he want you to do
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate unlady like things!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!