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99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style Paperback – 6 Jul 2006

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape; 01 edition (6 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224079255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224079259
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 2.4 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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"Pure formalist fun from one of American comics' most inventive minds, 99 Ways to Tell a Story is a smart and funny exploration of comics' many layers" (Scott McLoud, author of Understanding Comics)

"Delightful, intriguing and compelling. 99 Ways to Tell a Story is a zany masterpiece that reads like a convergence of Robert Louis Stevenson, Italo Calvino and Action Comics" (Harry Mathews)

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A series of one-page comics that tell the same story in a variety of ways. Inspired by Raymond Queneau's 1947 work of the same title.

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Quite simply, one masterpiece inspired by another! As clever, thought-provoking, funny, and occasionally damn right eccentric as is Queneau's book, this is essential reading - or should that be viewing? . A near perfect example of an educational tool disguised as entertainment, this is in no way constrained by beginning, middle and end but is full of Borgesian/M C Escher infinities. But mostly it's just fun!
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Author Matt Madden credits Raymond Queneau's Exercises in Style as the inspiration for this collection of ninety-nine variations on the same story in one-page comic strip form. Madden presents an initial comic he calls "Template" that depicts a man working at his desk, then walking downstairs to look in the refrigerator. He then presents redrawings of this story that emphasize particular points of view, themes, artistic styles or styles of specific artists, and so on.

Some of my favorite "versions" of the story:

"Voyeur" presents each panel from a perspective outside one of the windows.

"Reframing" tells the story entirely with hands and punctuation marks.

"What Happens When the Ice Truck Comes to Hogan's Alley" pays tribute to Richard Outcault.

"A Lifetime to Get to the Refrigerator" ages the main character as he progresses through the panels.

"Actor's Studio II" has the story's character exaggerate the relevant emotion in each panel.

The story variations are interesting and clever. This book can be read for entertainment or as a stimulus for developing a less constrained writing style. It's also fun to pass around the office.
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Based as it is on Raymond Queneau's marvellous and erudite 'Exercise in style' this play of comic narratives on a simple set of variations spun out on a single scene is pure delight.

I defy anyone to remain unmoved at the sheer inventiveness of styles and variations.

Like a comic version of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations - or dare I say it: Bach's Goldberg Variations.

Whatever the associations go out and get it.

You will not be disappointed.
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