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A guide for those who want to write dynamic comics, Peter David teaches readers how to create comics from start to finish. He offers guidance for beginners, as well as advice for intermediate comic writers and includes illustrations, demonstrating the creation process from in its entirety.


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A guide for those who want to write dynamic comics, Peter David teaches readers how to create comics from start to finish. He offers guidance for beginners, as well as advice for intermediate comic writers and includes illustrations, demonstrating the creation process from in its entirety.

30 review for Writing for Comics with Peter David

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ema

    verrrrry helpful

  2. 5 out of 5

    A.L.

    This is a handy reference book that covers all the basics of writing a good comic book (or graphic novel). It's broken down into five sections with two appendices: 1) Where do they get those crazy ideas? 2) Characters: What makes heroes and villians stick 3) Conflict and theme 4) Plot and story structure 5) Scripting Appendices: 1) How to break in 2) And above all don't forget... In case you're unfamiliar with Peter David, just know that he's a living legend in the comic book world. He's worked with ev This is a handy reference book that covers all the basics of writing a good comic book (or graphic novel). It's broken down into five sections with two appendices: 1) Where do they get those crazy ideas? 2) Characters: What makes heroes and villians stick 3) Conflict and theme 4) Plot and story structure 5) Scripting Appendices: 1) How to break in 2) And above all don't forget... In case you're unfamiliar with Peter David, just know that he's a living legend in the comic book world. He's worked with everyone on everything and has won awards for it. This book is filled with practical wisdom from someone who's worked in the industry for years and found success. (If you haven't read his stuff, I highly recommend his run on the Incredible Hulk, and visiting his website, www.PeterDavid.net). One last thought, if you've studied writing at a college level, or if you have experience scripting, this book may be too basic for you. This is a great introduction for newbies, but might not be for experienced writers. Highly recommended for new comic (and script) writers.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Octavia Cade

    Having recently been asked to write a small graphic story, and not having the first clue, I promptly went down to the local library to find a way to save myself. David's explanations are clear and understandable, and the book has a welcoming, informal (and funny!) tone. But the first two-thirds of it are not really what I was looking for. They're more a Writing 101; all the examples come from comics, but could just as easily apply to short stories or novels or any other form of fiction writing. Having recently been asked to write a small graphic story, and not having the first clue, I promptly went down to the local library to find a way to save myself. David's explanations are clear and understandable, and the book has a welcoming, informal (and funny!) tone. But the first two-thirds of it are not really what I was looking for. They're more a Writing 101; all the examples come from comics, but could just as easily apply to short stories or novels or any other form of fiction writing. What I needed, the actual writing-for-comics bit, started two-thirds of the way in, with explanations on script format, word bubbles, working with illustrators and the rest. When it finally arrived, it was very helpful.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    In his book Writing for Comics with Peter David (Impact Books, $19.99), the prolific writer uses the opportunity as an introduction to basic creative writing, using comics as a foundation. The book is heavily weighted towards 'mainstream' comics because, as David says in the introduction, he's mainly known for his mainstream comics work and if you're buying a book called Writing for Comics with Peter David that's what you're expecting to get. David covers all of the bases from plot to character In his book Writing for Comics with Peter David (Impact Books, $19.99), the prolific writer uses the opportunity as an introduction to basic creative writing, using comics as a foundation. The book is heavily weighted towards 'mainstream' comics because, as David says in the introduction, he's mainly known for his mainstream comics work and if you're buying a book called Writing for Comics with Peter David that's what you're expecting to get. David covers all of the bases from plot to character development to dialogue and illustrates with a multitude of examples from his work and from the work of others.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Eric Basir

    A fantastic view in the experience and thinking process of one of the best comic book writers I have indulged in. Although I have some different opinions regarding art direction through writing, I learned alot. However, I recommend reading the Incredible Hulk issues that Peter David wrote. He started somewhere in the 320's. You can see his evolution and his consistent ability to hook the reader. With the help of great artists—such as the budding Scott McFarlane—you will really feel for Bruce Ban A fantastic view in the experience and thinking process of one of the best comic book writers I have indulged in. Although I have some different opinions regarding art direction through writing, I learned alot. However, I recommend reading the Incredible Hulk issues that Peter David wrote. He started somewhere in the 320's. You can see his evolution and his consistent ability to hook the reader. With the help of great artists—such as the budding Scott McFarlane—you will really feel for Bruce Banner and the other characters.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This poor book is going to end up very thumbed through. I mean, honestly, what could be better than writing advice and exercises from Peter David?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Greg Eekhout

    Offers a good rundown of storytelling basics (plot, conflict, theme, etc.), but I wish there'd been more of the mechanics and nuances specific to comics. Offers a good rundown of storytelling basics (plot, conflict, theme, etc.), but I wish there'd been more of the mechanics and nuances specific to comics.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mum

    it's good. i liked how it broke down some of the basics on creating characters and coming up with dramatic situations. :) it's good. i liked how it broke down some of the basics on creating characters and coming up with dramatic situations. :)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Trey

    A solid breakdown of writing for comics. Nothing too earth-shattering here, but it's nice to see the information captured in one place. A solid breakdown of writing for comics. Nothing too earth-shattering here, but it's nice to see the information captured in one place.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Curtis

    This is the most in-depth look at writing mainstream comics I have come across so far! David's writing style is very reader-friendly; his tips, tricks and exercises are fantastic! Read it once, then keep it by your writing desk for a quick reference if you get stuck on an idea. This is the most in-depth look at writing mainstream comics I have come across so far! David's writing style is very reader-friendly; his tips, tricks and exercises are fantastic! Read it once, then keep it by your writing desk for a quick reference if you get stuck on an idea.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Rae

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    Mark Alford

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    Don Weiss

  14. 5 out of 5

    shartyrant

  15. 5 out of 5

    Josh

  16. 4 out of 5

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    Thomas

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    David Jetter

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    Geoffrey Long

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gregory

  21. 4 out of 5

    Scott

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brett

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    P Fosten

  24. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Schneider

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    Erik Burnham

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    Mr. Cody

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

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    Melody

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susan

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