How to Be a Villain: Evil Laughs, Secret Lairs, Master Plans, and More!!!

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A delightfully evil gift, How to Be a Villain is a step-by-step guide to joining the forces of darkness. Because, though villains may never win, they sure have more fun, hatching master plans for world domination, smoothing their dastardly tights. Neil Zawacki answers all the most urgent questions: Should I go with a black or red theme? Do I invest in an army of winged monkeys or ninja warriors? And just where will I put the evil hideout? Whether readers choose to pursue a career as a Criminal Mastermind, Mad ...

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Overview

A delightfully evil gift, How to Be a Villain is a step-by-step guide to joining the forces of darkness. Because, though villains may never win, they sure have more fun, hatching master plans for world domination, smoothing their dastardly tights. Neil Zawacki answers all the most urgent questions: Should I go with a black or red theme? Do I invest in an army of winged monkeys or ninja warriors? And just where will I put the evil hideout? Whether readers choose to pursue a career as a Criminal Mastermind, Mad Scientist, Corporate Bastard, or just a Wanna-be Evil Genius, they are sure to find plenty of tips for jumpstarting any evil enterprise. Cheaper than attending the annual bad guy conference and way more fun than being good, How to Be a Villain is guaranteed to elicit deep-throated evil laughs across the land.

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Villains always lose, but let's face it; they have more fun. Hatching dastardly plots, almost achieving global domination, these unrepentant fiends do what they will until the Goody Two-Shoes of the world catch up with them in the final chapter. Neil Zawacki, a California-based freelance writer and secret evildoer, has concocted a sly step-by-step guide to joining the forces of darkness.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811846660
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 2/1/2003
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 500,502
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.25 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil Zawacki is a California-based freelance writer who has long been interested in the plight of evil-doers. Generally considered to be quite villainous himself, he enjoys theater, literature, and world domination.

James Dignan's drawings have appeared in the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal and magazines such as Vogue, Elle, and Marie Claire. He divides his evil-doing time between Australia and Europe.

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Table of Contents

I Getting Started with the Forces of Darkness 7
II Discovering the Methods of Your Mayhem 27
III Thwarting the Forces of Good 60
IV Tools of the Evil Trade 87
V Making an Evil Plan 139
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Love it!

    I bought this book quite a few years ago in hard back. I still love the humor! I am a villain at heart! The charm of the graphics is lost with the change in format to an eBook. (i.e it ain't the same without the cartoons.) I look forward to a true reproduction of the original.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2012

    Perfect!

    Now i may put all my villanous plans into action!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    One of the dumbest things I'cve ever read

    I tried and tried to get through this book,thinking that it has toget better, but I just can't finish it. Very satirical but not really funny. Grim and pessimistic without being witty. Tries too hard most of the time. Maybe it's because I'm not really into comics or maybe I just don't get it. Either way I thought it sucked.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2004

    Now I Know I'll Never Be Alone

    Finally, some step-by-step instructions on all the things I need to accompany my already finely honed evil laugh! This is so much better than the mere secret handshake to which the world's Pollyannas resort. As the only girl in a family of five boys, I knew there had to be a handbook out there just for miscreants like me, and I really, really can't wait to start practicing. Also, I just love the 'triple six' in the ISBN number!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2004

    Political Humor? Indeed.

    Found this particular book on the 'Political Humor' aisle end display at the local B&N. At first I thought it might have been mis-placed, but now I realize it was exactly where it belonged! Quotes from Pinky & The Brain and Mr. Burns, the aforementioned quiz, and the delightful illustrations all combine to make this a keeper. You need this book. Even if you are not an aspiring villain.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2003

    A must for every miscreant!

    Now I know where to put that secret lair, laugh evilly, and even conquer the world! Muahahaa! All I have to do is avoid holy water and the crucifix ('Aargh! It burns!')!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2003

    Hilarious!

    I found this on the 'Humorous, Helpful & Odd' table at my local Barnes & Noble. It was, indeed, all three. A hilarious afternoon read, it has helped me prepare my army of winged monkeys to aid in my quest for world domination. And it also pointed me in the direction of the appropriate evil costume and secret lair.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2003

    What a crack-up!

    Neil Zawacki has tongue firmly in cheek for this one. 'How to Be a Villain' includes practical tips on everything from getting started with the forces of darkness to developing your evil plan, helpful hints on career choices, costume and henchmen selection, as well as notes on real estate suitable for use as an evil lair. Even includes a 'How Evil Are You'-type quiz. It's a riot!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2003

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!

    IT WAS A GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!! FINALLY ALL THE IMFORMATION YOU NEED!!!!!! A BOOK FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    A cat

    A gray tabby runs in. She pushes the police dogs and wolves out just as the bomb exploded. The cat didnt have time to make it out. All that was left was a blue leather collar and on the tag it said: Rescue Cats: Main Savior, Heather.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Comrad

    He picks up the collar and he ties it up on a tree.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Will somebody lend this to me????

    ......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2008

    Brilliant

    The only book to ever make me laugh out loud! Anyone who grew up on comic books, or has enjoyed the barage of comic inspired movies released over the past few years will enjoy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2006

    Hilarious!

    This book is soooo funny! It is definitley a must have for the aspiring super villain!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2006

    Bwahahahaha!

    Interesting and entertaining. If you're looking for a book to kill time, this is definitely one of them. A hilarious concoction of wit, style, and of course, humor.

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    Posted May 23, 2012

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