Monday, June 27, 2011

Book Review and Giveaway: You Can Do a Graphic Novel, by Barbara Slate

Reviewed by T.R., Teen Reviewer

You Can Do a Graphic Novel, by Barbara Slate outlines how to tell a story in the simplest terms. Despite its title, however, this book could actually be used as a primer on how to write any story, not just a graphic novel. If you’ve ever taken a high school literature course, then this book would probably be beneath your level. However, if you have a middle-school child who is interested in writing, then this would appeal to him. The book outlines how to write a basic story, how to develop characters, how to combat writer’s block and many other things that any prospective writer should learn. It explains each item in simple enough terms for any age to understand and would help your child develop his early writing and artistic skills. For someone who has more experience with graphic novels, some of this information may be common knowledge (such as what a thought cloud looks like).

Most chapters deal with how to improve story structure or characters. I would have liked more information about the literary differences between a printed novel and a graphic one, which are two completely different modes of artistic expression. Also, as a fan of graphic novels, I wish the author had referenced other works in addition to her own. That said, this book is aimed toward a younger audience so it shouldn’t be faulted for its simplicity. As a starting point, it can help kids to generate ideas and learn how to structure their own graphic novel!


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 barbaraslate.com.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky person will win a copy of You Can Do a Graphic Novel, by Barbara Slate. To enter, visit the author’s website at http://barbaraslate.com, and then leave a comment on this post with something you learned on the site. You must do this to enter the giveaway.

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CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner, esluka!

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Alpha Books for providing product samples for this review and giveaway. The reviewer was not compensated for this review in any way and all opinions are 100% those of the reviewer. Amazon affiliate links belong to the blog owner.

70 comments:

  1. I didn't realize that Barbara Slate created over 300 comic books for Marvel, DC, and Archie Comics. Neat!

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  2. I am a teacher, so I looked at the teacher site and liked this quote: "Teens who do graphic novels develop skills in logic,
    teamwork, problem solving, and completing a task." I would love to use this in my classroom!
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  5. I like this: teens who do graphic novels develop skills in logic, teamwork, problem solving, and completing a task. Very important skills to have in the working world.
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  6. I learned that she worked on a Scooby Doo comic - one of our favorites!

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  7. I learned that she teaches workshops for teenagers and mature 10 to 11 years olds! One student wrote, "Lillie: I definitely enjoyed the workshop. Before I thought of cartooning as a difficult, almost impossible writing and drawing process, but Barbara made the steps so clear it made creating cartoons possible."

    I wish I could take that workshop! Sounds amazing, I always wanted to make a graphic novel! :)

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  47. She started her career creating greeting cards called Ms. Liz. This became a comic in Cosmopolitan magazine, the 1st time a comic was published .This progressed to her comic book career.

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  51. I learned that she offers GRAPHIC NOVEL WORKSHOPS
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  55. Anonymous6:10 PM

    There is a podcast interview of the author at the site.

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  62. Joshua Holmes1:25 PM

    I didn't know she made comic books.
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  63. Barbara started out with Ms. Liz greeting cards.

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