Write Your Own Graphic Novel

Write Your Own Graphic Novel

by Natalie M. Rosinsky
     
 

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Graphic novels are a popular new way to tell all kinds of stories. Topics in these book-length comics range from exciting adventure stories to compelling scientific and historical topics. This book will help you keep the big picture in sight as your graphic novel takes shape.

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Graphic novels are a popular new way to tell all kinds of stories. Topics in these book-length comics range from exciting adventure stories to compelling scientific and historical topics. This book will help you keep the big picture in sight as your graphic novel takes shape.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michael Jung
Natalie M. Rosinsky offers aspiring writers a fascinating introduction to the world of comic book writing with Write Your Own Graphic Novel, which offers tips for finding ideas for original stories, developing characters, outlining a story, and writing good dialogue. Each chapter contains useful writing tips, interspaced by true stories of famous comic book creators such as Art Spiegelman, Jennifer L. Holm, and Avi. Unlike other books about graphic novels, which tend to focus most of their attention on superhero comics, Rosinsky makes a point of showing that graphic novels can tell stories about just about everything—from sports to science to ancient history—and provides many examples of such graphic novels to illustrate her writing instruction. It is an effective way of teaching comic book writing and one that will excite aspiring writers who may not be into superhero drama. Unfortunately the book does fall short in one area—although Rosinsky offers tips about writing comic book scripts, she never actually shows the reader how such scripts are formatted or written. Students interested in this aspect of comic book writing would be better served with a book like Denny O'Neil's The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics. Nevertheless, Roskinsky's book still functions as a useful and highly enjoyable primer to comic book writing and culture, and would be a welcome addition to any school or library. Reviewer: Michael Jung
School Library Journal

Gr 4-8

While it is likely that each of these titles will attract a distinct audience, some of the information is repeated and applies to the writing craft in general. Both books make suggestions for selecting a topic, creating a positive work environment, editing, and submitting work for publication. Article writers will take away excellent advice on how to conduct an interview, develop powerful lead sentences, and adhere to the rule of objectivity while maintaining one's writer's voice. However, Gilbert merely mentions blogs and Web sites without balancing these journalistic avenues with traditional print counterparts. In some instances identical text is used. Both authors state: "Even famous writers sometimes get stuck for words and ideas. This is called writer's block." Repetition aside, there is much useful information provided. Students wishing to explore the graphic-novel format will benefit from clear explanations of how to portray heroes and villains, use dramatic dialogue, and create a story map. Excerpts from several popular graphic novels are included. Both books have full-color photos, graphics, and tinted text boxes on nearly every page. Solid selections for aspiring writers.-Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756539467
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Series:
Write Your Own Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

PWB Biography:
Natalie M. Rosinsky is the award-winning author of more than 90 publications. She writes about history, social studies, economics, popular culture, and science. Natalie earned graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been a high school teacher and college professor as well as a corporate trainer. She lives and writes in Mankato, Minnesota.
CPB Biography:

Natalie M. Rosinsky is the award-winning author of more than 90 publications, including 10 books about Native American tribes. She writes about science, history, economics, social studies, and popular culture. One of her two cats usually sits near her computer as she works in Mankato, Minnesota. Natalie earned graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin and has been a high school teacher and college professor as well as a corporate trainer.

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