- Posted by Johanna on May 25, 2011 at 2:52 pm
- Category: Graphic Novel News
Barbara Slate, writer for Archie Comics and Marvel’s Barbie comics and creator of the mid-80s Angel Love, has written You Can Do a Graphic Novel, an inspirational volume to encourage comic creation. The material came out of her newspaper column of the same name and the workshops she’s held with teenagers.
Although well-illustrated, this isn’t a comic format book. Instead, it’s like having a really peppy instructor hanging over your shoulder, telling you that you, yes, you can come up with a story in pictures. Some pages are nothing but a significant sentence, such as “Nobody likes a boring story,” in centered large text. Other images are done in Slate’s flat, primitive style, similarly conveying the message that if she can do this, anyone can. But you shouldn’t be misled by her happy chat and simple drawings; there are some solid tips here, based on real experience.
Since Slate believes that the creative process “is really about getting to know yourself,” at times, the book becomes almost a self-help volume. That may be what readers need, in amongst the solid bits of artistic advice and work tricks: encouragement. The volume covers a lot more content than I expected, touching on all aspects of making comics.
Thanks to the publisher, I have a copy to give away to a lucky reader in this contest. To enter for your chance to win, post a comment here with your idea for a graphic novel you’d like to see. Winner will be picked randomly from all entries on Wednesday, June 1. Tell your friends!
(U.S. and Canada addresses only. Winners will be emailed to confirm email address. If email is not answered within 24 hours or a valid email address is not provided, a replacement winner will be selected. Your email won’t be used for any other purpose.)