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Writers on Comics Scriptwriting, Vol. 1

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  148 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
The biggest names in comics scriptwriting talk candidly and frankly about their profession, their approach to writing and the comics industry as a whole.

Through a series of interviews, these luminaries in the comics field reveal the mechanics of writing for comics and, in the process, a great deal about themselves. Packed with personal information, contentious views and h
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by Titan Books
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Wes Locher
Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down and in a matter of three days, I was staring at the blank last page just wishing for more.

This would prove an enjoyable read for any comics fan or anyone who is interested in taking a peek behind the curtain of the industry. All of the writers interviewed here (most of which are practically house hold names) share a lot of about themselves, how they broke into the industry, their influences, and what they'd still like to accomplish somewhe
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Sarah
Aug 17, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
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This volume is far more informative that its descendant, in terms of how the comic book writers describe their journeys into the business world of scripting comic books. Many great stories abound from some of the best in the industry, such as Kurt Busiek and Grant Morrison. In fact, it's the larger variety of types of writers that makes this volume more well-rounded out than its little brother, overall.

I will say that the text is a little dated, as the interviews took place when some authors' st
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Aug 10, 2015 Dorkthropology rated it liked it
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Dated and the selection is all white dudes save one woman, but for all that it was interesting. So many styles and philosophies, so many ways they got involved in comics. Since I'm a recent reader it felt a little like a history book. It references names and stories I'm only vaguely familiar with but it wasn't incomprehensible. Useful but I'd like to get ahold of something more recent.
Jutta
Feb 13, 2014 Jutta rated it liked it
It was interesting to read essays from all my favorite comic authors
Randy Lander
Jan 04, 2009 Randy Lander rated it it was amazing
An absolutely essential book of interviews with a variety of comic book writers. While some of the interviewee choices are suspect (Todd McFarlane?), Salisbury does good, in-depth interviews of the kind rarely seen, either in print or online.
Leonard Pierce
May 16, 2008 Leonard Pierce rated it liked it
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Nothing much in the way of practical use in this anthology of interviews with major comics scripters, but it's a lot of fun to read to see how these folks work. Enjoyable but not all that useful.
David
May 12, 2015 David rated it liked it
Some very smart people saying very smart, very helpful things.

And.... some not so much.

Still a very worthwhile read, though, if you have an interest in the field.
Annukka
Aug 02, 2011 Annukka rated it it was ok
The interviews were not as "in-depth" as I had wished. I had hoped for more tips and writing secrets.
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