Words for Pictures: The Art and Business of Writing Comics and Graphic Novels

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Words for Pictures: The Art and Business of Writing Comics and Graphic Novels

Words for Pictures: The Art and Business of Writing Comics and Graphic Novels By Brian Michael Bendis Joe Quesada Words for Pictures The Art and Business of Writing Comics and Graphic Novels Best selling Marvel Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis reveals the comic book writing secrets behind his work on The Avengers Ultimate Spider Man All New X Men and One of the most popular writers

  • Title: Words for Pictures: The Art and Business of Writing Comics and Graphic Novels
  • Author: Brian Michael Bendis Joe Quesada
  • ISBN: 9780770434359
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Paperback
  • Words for Pictures: The Art and Business of Writing Comics and Graphic Novels By Brian Michael Bendis Joe Quesada Best selling Marvel Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis reveals the comic book writing secrets behind his work on The Avengers, Ultimate Spider Man, All New X Men, and .One of the most popular writers in modern comics, Brian Michael Bendis reveals the tools and techniques he and other top creators use to create some of the most popular comic book and graphic novel storiBest selling Marvel Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis reveals the comic book writing secrets behind his work on The Avengers, Ultimate Spider Man, All New X Men, and .One of the most popular writers in modern comics, Brian Michael Bendis reveals the tools and techniques he and other top creators use to create some of the most popular comic book and graphic novel stories of all time Words for Pictures shows readers the creative methods of a writer at the very top of his field Bendis guides aspiring creators through each step of the comics making process from idea to script to finished sequential art for fan favorite comics like The Avengers, Ultimate Spider Man, Uncanny X Men, and Along the way, tips and insights from other working writers, artists, and editors provide a rare, extensive look behind the creative curtain of the comics industry With script samples, a glossary of must know business terms for writers, and interactive comics writing exercises, Words for Pictures provides the complete toolbox needed to jump start the next comics writing success story.
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    1. Sam Quixote on said:

      I ve never taken a creative writing course in my life but I ve never understood why anyone would if the teacher was an unknown writer, as most tend to be The only how to write book I ve ever read was On Writing by Stephen King, which made sense to me as he s an enormously successful novelist of course he s worth listening to and it also turned out to be a very entertaining read, one of King s best in fact Similarly, Brian Michael Bendis is best placed to pen a how to write comics book as he s on [...]

    2. Anthony on said:

      Brian Michael Bendis has written a lot of comics A LOT OF COMICS He s had several very successful runs on various Marvel titles, and has some critically acclaimed creator owned work to his name.He s been a regular guest on a comic book podcast called Word Balloon for nearly 10 years and often answers fan questions, most of those questions being about the craft of writing and making comics.More recently, he has taken to the blog site Tumblr to answer fan questions directly on the business of wri [...]

    3. Stewart Tame on said:

      I d go so far as to say that this is one of the better How To Write books that I ve read Bendis brings his considerable expertise and enthusiasm to bear on the topic, and provides bountiful examples, and not just from his own work, either Indeed, there are several chapters in which various writers, artists, and editors are encouraged to give their own, sometimes differing, opinions on the subject There are copious illustrations along with the text, showing comics pages in various stages of produ [...]

    4. Jordan on said:

      I had been looking forward to this book for a long time and had very high hopes, so some disappointment should probably be expected But my, what a letdown Bendis is probably the most open comic creator on the planet, and his lively letters columns and QA sessions are always full of helpful, honest advice I assumed this book would expand on those and add some new depth to the conversation, resulting in a really valuable resource Instead, it s all very vague, sparse and basic than basic And than [...]

    5. Ian on said:

      One of the silliest books of art theory I ve ever read.The introductory chapter is about how Bendis isn t famous and how most people don t know JK Rowling s name Even if either of those statements were vaguely true, why do they belong in this book Right off the bat, it reads like a first draft.The chapters about process read like Tumblr FAQs than art theory What few insights Bendis offers get driven into the ground without elaboration, ultimately streaming back to his main point I dunno, man, t [...]

    6. Caitlin on said:

      I ve been reading graphic novels for years but for the most part didn t bother to learn the business or process behind it This is one of the best books I ve read about the genre and easily the best on how writer and artists collaborate, the ways to get into the business and the mistakes to avoid if you want to break into the industry.Despite being a regular reader and reviewer of graphic novels, I have to admit that prior to reading Words for Pictures, I had only a vague idea of the process Afte [...]

    7. Bobby on said:

      The book is sold as a how to write and get into the business of being a comic book writer And to that, it has a lot of basic information, but very few actual tips and tools to show you how to do it A quick example the importance of a cliffhanger is highlighted and explained Everyone who has watched a TV show or read a comic knows what a cliffhanger is What isn t explained is how to actually construct one What are the story elements and character elements that go into the cliffhanger Understandin [...]

    8. Joey Cruz on said:

      A must read for writers wanting to get into the comics business Bendis is the name on the cover, but what he does is compile the thoughts, experiences, and advice of all of his professional comic creator friends in interviews that touch on every essential topic an aspiring comic creator should know.

    9. Genevieve on said:

      Originally reviewed on the Night Owls Press blog here Storytelling is a craft and a business This is a central maxim in Words for Pictures The Art and Business of Writing Comics and Graphic Novels by Brian Michael Bendis.Words for Pictures is a fascinating 101 type introduction to the world of visual storytelling and it is one of the first books on this topic targeted directly at writers With Words for Pictures, Bendis has written a modern day guidebook to breaking into comics and graphic novels [...]

    10. Jason Pym on said:

      This is like an introduction to , and while it has some interesting information and points you in the right direction, it does not go into the nuts and bolts of any aspect of comic book writing This is not the place to find information on character, plot and good dialogue, or even comic specific information that you find in McCloud s Understanding Comics which I thought this would be like To give an example, there s a chapter on the business side of things by Bendis wife which has a list of leg [...]

    11. Gamal Hennessy on said:

      As a child, the first book I recall getting my hands on about the comic book industry was How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way After I got out of law school, I got my hands on Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud The first book exposed me to comics as a technical skill and not just a bunch of cool pictures The second book reintroduced me to comics as an art form and not just a childish obsession Words for Pictures is a book on the same level It describes the creative and practical aspects of comic [...]

    12. Annice22 on said:

      Borrowed from Publisher NetGalley for an honest review.This was full of information and I like this even that it wasn t an how to write book Because there is no perfect formula for writing the perfect story The book does include interviews from some of the experts in the industry from writers to editors where they share their advice for dealing with the industry.As a comic book fan, I see the final product but this book lets you see what goes on behind the scenes in a way because get to see wha [...]

    13. Trey Piepmeier on said:

      Fantastic I m glad I came across this book in my search for advice and information on the world of comic book writing There are parts of this I m going to refer to often, I m sure.While this book is directed at people who are interested in writing comics, I think it would interest anyone who enjoys reading comics as well I found it fascinating to realize that a comic book writer basically writes for an audience of one the artist Because of that, there s no standard format for a comic script like [...]

    14. Blaine McGaffigan on said:

      This guide on how to write comic books and break into the industry is crafted by not only a talented writer, but a teacher who has honed these ideas over the years teaching in University classrooms.Brian Michael Bendis is one of the top pop comic book writers He has pioneered the modern write for the trade style of comics, and excels in sharp dialogue for the characters Bendis constructs a very easy to read book that uses visuals and industry interviews to show viewpoints outside of his own.The [...]

    15. AJ Bauers on said:

      For any person interested in writing a script for a comic book, this is really a must read The most important lesson I learned from this is that the author writes for the artist first, then the audience If you can write a scene that s visually dynamic or interesting, your comic book isn t going to do well Let s face it, it doesn t matter how well written a comic book is it s a visual medium first So if you can t write with that in mind, comic book writing might not be your field.

    16. Anthony Schultz on said:

      Words for Pictures is an interesting text More so because it is exactly that A textbook The author, Brian Michael Bendis, is a writer that I have read for years he has written some of my favorite superhero tales from the modernization of the New Avengers to his current X Men runs to the stellar Secret Invasion and Age of Ultron Marvel events He is the quintessential rockstar of the comic book world, or as he would put it Comic book famous.Rarely do audiences get to see the man behind the curtain [...]

    17. S.Q. Eries on said:

      In summaryThe cover flap touts the book as the complete toolbox needed to jumpstart the next comics writing success, but it isn t quite that To be sure, anecdotes from Bendis and a host of writers, artists, and editors provide a fairly good look into the industry However, Bendis treats comic book scripting in such general terms that I would call Words for Pictures a nice tool for a writer but hardly the complete toolbox.The ReviewI was confused by this book s title at first After all, if it s ab [...]

    18. David Kinchen on said:

      BOOK REVIEW Words for Pictures Exhaustive, Entertaining Look at the Writer s Role in Creating Comics and Graphic NovelsREVIEWED BY DAVID M KINCHENIn one of those strange coincidences that often occur in my life, the review copy of Words for Pictures The Art and Business of Writing Comics and Graphic Novels by Brian Michael Bendis Watson Guptil Publications, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC foreword by Joe Quesada large format paperback, 24.99, index, profu [...]

    19. Rafael Deras on said:

      Inspiring knowledge from active professionals This may not be the ultimate book on writing comics, specially since the actual process of creating comics involves different phases, both creatively and thechnically.However I really appreciate the interviews and the experiences of the author It may not go into detail to the process but the testimonials are good enough to have an idea of do s don t in the business The art samples are great although the examples for the writing part seem a bit confus [...]

    20. Rory Wilding on said:

      As one of the most established writers in comics, it s fair to say that Brian Michael Bendis starting out with independent crime and noir comics to eventually mainstream superhero work that have changed the face of the Marvel multiverse knows a bit or two about the artistic and business side of the industry Taking cue from the comics education by Will Eisner and Scott McCloud, Bendis presents a how to on like the title suggests the art and business of writing comics and graphic novels.At the beg [...]

    21. L.A. Kelley on said:

      Given solid encouragement and a template I can make a pretty darn good smiley face Needless to say, I don t call myself an artist and have never produced either a comic or graphic novel However, I have a lot of respect for those who do Fortunately, Words for Pictures is not a how to color book Unusual in its approach, it explores the business end of both comics and graphic novels They are odd art forms Sometimes the writer illustrator is the same person, sometimes not The writer s work is remin [...]

    22. Odette Cortés on said:

      I recently got to read a copy of Brian Michael Bendis book, Words for Pictures and well, I ve got to say that I really enjoyed this book Over the last few years I ve read tons of books about the comic book industry books written by professionals on how to publish a web comic or how to draw, etc and this is the first one that I ve read that focuses in the writing portion of the business Nonetheless, this is not a how to write to comic books manual, please keep that in mind There are many books yo [...]

    23. Shawn Birss on said:

      I am writing my first comic series right now I ve read a lot of books about how to write comics This one, from an overall perspective, was the most practically helpful Bendis is not only a phenomenally successful comics writer, he is also an instructor at the University of Oregon where he teaches a class on writing graphic novels I strongly suspect this book is his textbook, because it reads like one It has a spine of information written clearly by Bendis, but also, like many textbooks, includes [...]

    24. Mark on said:

      Bendis M Brian book, Words for Pictures The Art and Business of Writing Comics and Graphic Novels, emphasizes the business of the professional comics writer while neglecting the basic details of the writer s art The discussion of the different roles involved in comics production writer, penciller, inker, letter, editor is thorough and informative, but I don t know that anyone interested in writing comics will find this information new The section on the differences between Full Script and Marvel [...]

    25. Vonze (Yvonne) on said:

      As a manga and graphic novel fan that occasionally entertains the idea of starting a webcomic I ve started and stopped several times , I found Words for Pictures to be a wealth of information.For aspiring comic artists and writers, the book covers the modern comic book script, writing for the artists, the editors roundtable, the writer s FAQS, the business of comics writing, and writing exercises This being my first how to write comics book, my eyes were instantly opened to differences in story [...]

    26. Samantha on said:

      If you read Marvel comics and don t know who Brian Michael Bendis is, then where have you been Didn t you read Ultimate Spider Man with Peter and or Miles Five time Eisner winner Ring any bells yet In Words for Pictures he dives into the world of comics yet again but not in the usual way Instead of writing Spidey, he writes his experiences with writing comics and the reader gets an in depth insider perspective of the comic book industry In this book you ll find a lot of amazing artwork as well a [...]

    27. Benni on said:

      Words for Pictures is a great beginner s overview of writing and getting into the business of comics I would recommend it for anyone considering entering the comics industry The book comprises mostly of interviews with artists, editors, as well as the author s wife, Alisa Bendis, who imparts advice on the business of being a comics writer things to pay attention to in contracts, etc While this is a helpful book with great interviews, I do think it is mostly for a beginner comics writer as oppose [...]

    28. Rafal Cebula on said:

      Words for Pictures The Art and Business of Writing Comics and Graphic Novels by Brian Michael Bendis leans very heavily on the business side of it s subtitle While this was a disappointment to me, since I am not a comic professional, I could see that it should be an invaluable resource to anyone in the business.The book starts out with a Little bit of the technique and general workflow of comics Seeing the development of comics from idea to final product was fascinating and I got a whole new app [...]

    29. Rach on said:

      This book was really fascinating to read, even for someone like me who loves comics, but has no interest in becoming a writer or artist or breaking in to the business Reading about the behind the scenes process of what goes in to making a comic, from pitch to script to art to editing, was really interesting Even though I m not interested in becoming a comics professional, Bendis career advice can still be applicable to my life, and the lives of anyone out there If you want to do something, don t [...]

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