- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style Paperback – 6 Jul 2006
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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)
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.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A comic book that ranges across a largely redundant exercise in style. A man gets up from his desk, closing his laptop and walks into his living room. Read morePublished on 25 Jan. 2013 by Eileen Shaw
Bought this as a present, and didn't have time to read it properly, just flicked through it. Liked the concept, and seemed interesting/fun from what I could gather.Published on 10 May 2011 by C. Anker
got this book after reading it for research. truly amazing, in the simplest way you can imagine. it is a must have for anything that involves a story. Read morePublished on 18 Dec. 2010 by Mister Ben
The same short story is retold 99 different ways. This is a mildly interesting excercise, but unfortunately there's not enough original or challenging ideas to make it worth... Read morePublished on 12 Aug. 2010 by Tom White
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