99 Ways to Tell a Story

99 Ways to Tell a Story

Exercises in Style

Format
Paperback
Price
$21.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9781596090781
  • 224 Pages
  • Teen

Overview

99 Ways to Tell a Story is a series of engrossing one-page comics that tell the same story ninety-nine different ways. Inspired by Raymond Queneau’s 1947 Exercises in Style, a mainstay of creative writing courses, Madden’s project demonstrates the expansive range of possibilities available to all storytellers. Readers are taken on an enlightening tour—sometimes amusing, always surprising—through the world of the story.

Writers and artists in every media will find Madden’s collection especially useful, even revelatory. Here is a chance to see the full scope of opportunities available to the storyteller, each applied to a single scenario: varying points of view, visual and verbal parodies, formal reimaginings, and radical shuffling of the basic components of the story. Madden’s amazing series of approaches will inspire storytellers to think through and around obstacles that might otherwise prevent them from getting good ideas onto the page. 99 Ways to Tell a Story provides a model that will spark productive conversations among all types of creative people: novelists, screenwriters, graphic designers, and cartoonists.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Template
Monologue
Subjective
Upstairs
A Refrigerator with a View
Voyeur
Sound Effects
Emanata
Inventory
How-To
Welcome to “Exercises in Style”
Retrograde
Tense
Flashback
Déjà Vu
Unreliable Narrator
Dailies
Political Cartoon
Photocomic
Underground Comix
Manga
War Exercise
Exercises in Love
Fantasy
Plan 99 from Outer Space
High Noon
Police Procedural
Humor Comic
Furry
One Panel
Thirty Panels
Plus One
Etcetera
Opposites
Reframing
Inking Outside the Box
Palindrome
Anagram I
Anagran II
After Rodolphe Töppfer
A Newly Discovered Fragment of the Bayeux Tapestry
What Happens When the Ice Truck Comes to Hogan’s Alley
Exorcise in Style
Dynamic Constraint
Ligne Claire
Superhero
Map
ROYGBIV
Exercises of a Rarebit Fiend
Esk Her Size and Style
Homage to Jack Kirby
Exercises in Closure
Public Service Announcement
Paranoid Religious Tract
Cento
Two-in-One
Digital
Graph
In Case of Exercises in Style
Storyboard
Brought to You by . . .Calligram
No Pictures
Personification
The Next Day
Nested Stories
Overheard in a Bar
Happy Couple
Unhappy Couple
A Life
Around the World
The Critic
Evolution
Creationism
A Lifetime to Get to the Refrigerator
Actor’s Studio I
Actor’s Studio II
Horizontal
Vertical
Extreme Close-Ups
Long Shots
Extreme Zoom
Things Are Queer
Isometric Projection
Our House
One Horizon
Too Much Text
No Line
Silhouette
Minimalist
Maximalist
Fixed Point in Space
Fixed Point in Time
What’s Wrong with This Comic?
Different Text
Different Images
No Refrigerator
No Jessica
No Matt

Notes
Acknowledgments
About the Author

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