Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Book Review: Words for Pictures

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.

As some of you know, I have a tiny job within the comic book industry. I'm the editor for a great indie comic. However, as a storyteller, I've wondered if I could write for that same industry. So, when this book because available for review, I jumped straight on it and let me tell you, I was not disappointed. Within the first few pages, I'd grabbed a pen and was underlining and making notes in the margins (yes, I'm one of those..) because I knew that this would be a book that I would come back to time and time again. Mr. Bendis obviously knows his stuff, but what I love is that you don't just get his viewpoint. He brings in others and they share their stories and tips. The book is filled with fantastic art in all its forms..from sketches to completed pieces. If you have a love for comics, an interest in comics, want to write for comics..I highly suggest that you pick up this book. It's not going to be leaving my nightstand anytime soon.


I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts, comments and opinions are my own.
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