You Can Do a Graphic Novel

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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 teaches and for the syndicated column she writes. Written in the form of a ...

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Overview

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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"I shudder at the thought of having to compete with a whole new gaggle of graphic novel creators! I tremble because if anyone can bring out the writer and artist hidden within society's somnambulant psyche it's the titanically talented Barbara Slate. So please don't read this book. I have a family to support!"
-Stan Lee, Chairmain, POW! Entertainment and Chairman Emeritus, Marvel Entertainment

"Along with all your art supplies, favorite chair, and a good light over your drawing board, you must keep a copy of Barbara Slate's new book You Can Do a Graphic Novel close by. Every chapter is a little gem to help any young (or old) artist/writer. Barabara and I have been friends and co-workers on hundreds of stories and other art projects. I congratulate her on this terrific book and watch out for all my new competition coming into the business after they read Barbara's book.
-Stan Goldberg, legendary Archie artist

"Barbara Slate has captured the creative process with all its tortures and delights, and produced a great guidebook to anyone who wants to unleash their inner creativity."
-Paul Levitz, President and Publisher, DC Comics

"Get ready! Barbara will get your creative juices flowing."
-Victor Gorelick

"Attention, hopeful comic writers: Barbara Slate has given you a helping hand with You Can Do a Graphic Novel, a colorful, funny, and user-friendly way to attain your goal. With Slate's perfect combination of brightly illustrated tips and no-nonsense rules, you'll find that You Can Do a Graphic Novel!"
-Trina Robbins, Writer/Historian, Comics Creator (Author of A Century of Women Cartoonists)

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Once readers get past the grammatically questionable title, they'll find that this is a practical book for those who aspire to create their own graphic novels. Slate brings a lot of experience to the table. She is fair handed with the advice she gives to writers as well as artists. The assumption is that readers will try to do both, but she recommends collaborating with someone so that writers and artists can complement one another's talents. Some of Slate's most helpful advice applies to the general creative process, such as dealing with "Creative Block," going outside your circle of friends and family members for honest feedback, and eavesdropping on conversations for dialogue ideas. She also includes nuts-and-bolts advice that will be helpful for readers who are looking for more structure, like demonstrating how to create a "bible" for each character. One of the best practical tips entails using index cards and sticky notes for plotting, as well as color-coding for each character. The instructions and illustrations are easy to follow, and the format is colorful and eye-catching. Slate's examples of completed panels are excellent, but the chapter of teens' work will be even more enticing to a young audience.—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592579556
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 1/5/2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Slate is the author of over 300 comic books and graphic novels. She created Angel Love for DC Comics; created, wrote, and drew Yuppies from Hell and Sweet XVI for Marvel; and put her own spin on the Disney classics Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, and Mattel's Barbie. Her first character, Ms. Liz, appeared on millions of greeting cards, in Cosmopolitan, and on the Today show. Her latest graphic novel is entitled I Got Married and Other Mistakes.

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