Words for Pictures

Words for Pictures

The Art and Business of Writing Comics and Graphic Novels

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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 more.

Arguably the most popular writer in modern comics, Brian Michael Bendis shares the tools and techniques he uses to create some of the most popular comic book and graphic novel stories of all time. Words for Pictures provides a fantastic opportunity for readers to learn from a creator at the very top of his field. Bendis's step-by-step lessons teach comics writing hopefuls everything they'll need to take their ideas from script to dynamic sequential art. The book's complete coverage exposes the most effective methods for crafting comic scripts, showcases insights from Bendis's fellow creators, reveals business secrets all would-be comics writers must know, and challenges readers with exercises to jumpstart their own graphic novel writing success.
Publisher: Berkeley :, Watson-Guptil Publications,, [2014]
Edition: First Edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780770434359
Characteristics: xiii, 209 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 27 cm


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Sep 30, 2014

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.

All in all, especially for a comics newbie, Words for Pictures is a rare, special treat. Writers rarely talk about their creative process, let alone their work methods as candidly as Bendis does in this book. The complex tradecraft of the visual storyteller is shared generously and honestly in this book. What does the editorial workflow look like? What components should go in a submission package? How should you write your script? What are the merits of the two dominant script forms, full script and Marvel-style? With this book, Bendis peels back the layers of the work process and the business, giving readers a better understanding of the industry and the people working in it.

Aug 26, 2014

If you want to be totally discouraged from writing or drawing anything, read this book.
I highly recommend anyone who wants to do comics and graphic novels, or any creative endeavour, to NOT read this depressing book. It'll make you give up before you ever start. There are much better books out there about comics and graphic novels, and writing. I say to all aspiring writers and artists - create! and forget this killer of hope.

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