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Drawing Words and Writing Pictures:
Making Comics: Manga, Graphic Novels, and Beyond
(2008) with Matt Madden
Drawing Words and Writing Pictures is a course on
comic creation – for college classes or for independent study – that
centers on storytelling and concludes with making a finished comic. With
chapters on lettering, story structure, and panel layout, the fifteen
lessons offered – each complete with homework, extra credit activities
and supplementary reading suggestions – provide a solid introduction for
people interested in making their own comics. Additional resources,
lessons, and after-class help are available on the accompanying website,
From the Harvey and Lulu award–winning creator of
Artbabe comes this riveting story of a young woman’s
misadventures in Mexico City. Carla, an American estranged from her
Mexican father, heads to Mexico City to “find herself.” She crashes with
a former fling, Harry, who has been drinking his way through the capital
in the great tradition of his heroes, William S. Burroughs and Jack
Kerouac. Harry is good—humored about Carla’s reappearance on his
doorstep—until he realizes that Carla, who spends her days soaking in
the city, exploring Frida Kahlo’s house, and learning Spanish, has no
intention of leaving.
When Harry and Carla’s relationship of mutual tolerance reaches its
inevitable end, she rejects his world of Anglo expats for her own set of
friends: pretty-boy Oscar, who sells pot and dreams of being a DJ, and
charismatic Memo, a left-wing, pseudo–intellectual ladies’ man.
Determined to experience the real Mexico, Carla turns a blind eye to her
new friends’ inconsistencies. But then she catches the eye of a drug
don, el Gordo, and from that moment on her life gets a lot more
complicated, and she is forced to confront the irreparable consequences
of her willful innocence.
Jessica Abel’s evocative black–and–white drawings and creative mix of
English and Spanish bring Mexico City’s past and present to life,
unfurling Carla’s dark history against the legacies of Burroughs and
Kahlo. A story about the youthful desire to live an authentic life and
the consequences of trusting easy answers, La Perdida–at once
grounded in the particulars of life in Mexico and resonantly
universal–is a story about finding oneself by getting lost.
(2008) by Gabriel Soria and Jessica Abel with Warren Pleece, Illustrator
Life sucks for Dave Marshall.
The girl he’s in love with doesn’t know he exists, he hates his job, and
ever since his boss turned him into a vampire, he can’t go out in
daylight without starting to charbroil.
Undead life in its uncoolest incarnation yet is on display in this
cinematic, supernatural drama told with gallons of humor and hemoglobin.
In striking, colorful, B-movie sty;e artwork and light-hearted,
intelligent writing by Jessica Abel, Gabe Soria, and Warren Pleece, Dave
Marshall’s story comes alive – in a vampiric kind of way.
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Radio: An Illustrated Guide (1999) by
Ira Glass and Jessica Abel
Radio: An Illustrated Guide
is a comic book
that explains how to make a radio program. Specifically, it explains how
to make the public radio program This American Life. In comic book form,
the producers of This American Life explain how to find a story, how to
do an interview, how to edit sound, how to write for radio and how to
mix a radio story. It also explains how the narrative structure of a
radio story works, and how it's different from other kinds of stories.
This American Life is the most popular documentary program on American
radio, with a weekly audience of over a million listeners, on more than
380 public radio stations nationwide. It's produced at WBEZ Chicago and
distributed by Public Radio International.
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