Monday, July 18, 2011

You Can Do a Graphic Novel Review

I had the opportunity to review the book, You Can Do a Graphic Novel.    My son and I have been working on it together.   I thought that this would be a great way to help practice some creative writing during the summer.    The book offers great step by step instructions and even helps you get your creative juices following.   This is a great book for older children, teens, and even adults who are interested in creative writing.   I have even found myself, sketching and writing down ideas that I can further develop into a story.  

Barbara Slate, graphic novelist and author of You Can Do a Graphic Novel guides readers 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. 

The book teaches readers how to:

·         Be creative in a way that works for you.
·         Find your own artistic style!
·         Create characters that get people's attention ... and hold it!
·         Develop a great plotline and write believable dialogue.
·         Lay out pages to keep the story moving forward.
·         Keep those creative juices flowing when you get stuck.

About the Author:
Barbara Slate has done it all. Her first character, Ms. Liz, appeared on millions of greeting cards, in a regular comic strip for Cosmopolitan magazine, as a spokesperson for Dupont's Lycra and as the star in a series of animated segments on NBC's Today Show. Her big break in comics came when she created Angel Love for DC Comics. From there, she 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, Archie's Betty and Veronica, and Mattel's Barbie. Barbara's art has been exhibited in many galleries and reviewed by The New York Times.She is profiled in the seminal work A Century of Women Cartoonists. Stan Lee, Chairman, POW! Entertainment and Chairman Emeritus, Marvel Entertainment, calls Barbara "titanically talented." She is currently busy being a mom, doing a graphic novel titled, I Got Married and Other Mistakes, and teaching. Her website is

You Can Do a Graphic Novel
ISBN: 9781592579556
Alpha Books, $19.95

* I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this review.   All opinions expressed in this review are my own. 

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