Reading: You Can Do A Graphic Novel by Barbara Slate – Book Review & Giveaway [CLOSED]

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Book Description: 
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.

Read on for the review and how you can win your own copy of this book!

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” is an excellent read for anyone interested in creating their own graphic novel. This book also makes for the perfect gift for the creative person in you life.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Barbara Slate walks you through the step-by-step process of creating your very own graphic novel. She teaches you how to develop and plot your story, and then simple tips on illustrating your story. The quote from a reviewer on the front cover of the book has the right idea when he said with this book, anyone can write a graphic novels. Another one of my favorite parts in the short graphic novel stories in the back of the book from kids.
All in all, I quite enjoyed this book once I actually got around to reading it. I haven’t tried it out yet, but I hope to give sit down and write a graphic novel myself. I would highly recommend this as a great gift to anyone remotely interested in art or story telling.

Rules & Such
– Open internationally, you’re welcome.
– Ends September 8th, 2011 (2 weeks).
– If you win, you will have 48 hours to respond to the email. Otherwise, I will choose a new winner.
– I will ship your prize as soon as I receive your mailing information.

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this product to review as well as a copy of this product to giveaway. All opinions are my own and have not been influence. 
Thank you to Bozena from Wilks Communication for this opportunity! (Sorry it took so long for me to review, Bozena. You were great to work with. )

2 thoughts on “Reading: You Can Do A Graphic Novel by Barbara Slate – Book Review & Giveaway [CLOSED]

  1. Sweet giveaway! I always wanted to do my own graphic novel! I’ve been doing them with the Powerpuff Girls when I was 7 both on computer using Paint (I used to save them in .bmp format and I didn’t know why I had so little free memory left haha xD) and normal, just using crayons and paper. Now I want to do a real one, and I could really use a book to guide me through all the steps. 🙂

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