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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.

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"Retelling the same one-page comic 99 different ways sounds boring, but Madden, a leading proponent of the value of formalist exercises, demonstrates how well boundaries can drive creativity, inspired by the similar work of Raymond Queneau. A new discovery awaits the reader on every page. The basic scene is a nonstory about a man who forgets why he's looking in the refrigerator. In the variations, new elements are introduced and removed: different characters, more panels, fewer closeups, flashbacks, text-only or a focus on sound or color effects. Madden acknowledges the history of the medium with allusions to various genres and characters (including the Yellow Kid, Krazy Kat and Winsor McCay's Rarebit Fiend). Favorites include a how-to on building a comic, a palindromic story that reads the same backward and forward, and a calligram (with text formed into a question mark shape). The book's format is ideal, with each page of comics facing a small identifying label, so approaches don't compete with each other, yet pages placed in sequence add up to another narrative. Anyone interested in comics or storytelling will learn much about the interaction between format and content through comparison of Madden's many ingenious approaches." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Matt Madden started self-publishing minicomics in the early 1990s. He published his first graphic novel, Black Candy (Black Eye Books), in 1998, and in 2001 published Odds Off (Highwater Books). Madden lives in Brooklyn with his wife, author and cartoonist Jessica Abel. He works in comics and illustration; he also teaches comics at the School of Visual Arts and Yale University. His latest work appears in A Fine Mess, his biannual series published by Alternative Comics.

Table of Contents

99 Ways to Tell a Story 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

What Our Readers Are Saying

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781596090781
Author:
Madden, Matt
Publisher:
Chamberlain Brothers
Subject:
General
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc.
Subject:
Technique
Subject:
Interactive
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc. -- Technique.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20051131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 8
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.04x7.60x.55 in. .89 lbs.
Age Level:
from 14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Retelling the same one-page comic 99 different ways sounds boring, but Madden, a leading proponent of the value of formalist exercises, demonstrates how well boundaries can drive creativity, inspired by the similar work of Raymond Queneau. A new discovery awaits the reader on every page. The basic scene is a nonstory about a man who forgets why he's looking in the refrigerator. In the variations, new elements are introduced and removed: different characters, more panels, fewer closeups, flashbacks, text-only or a focus on sound or color effects. Madden acknowledges the history of the medium with allusions to various genres and characters (including the Yellow Kid, Krazy Kat and Winsor McCay's Rarebit Fiend). Favorites include a how-to on building a comic, a palindromic story that reads the same backward and forward, and a calligram (with text formed into a question mark shape). The book's format is ideal, with each page of comics facing a small identifying label, so approaches don't compete with each other, yet pages placed in sequence add up to another narrative. Anyone interested in comics or storytelling will learn much about the interaction between format and content through comparison of Madden's many ingenious approaches." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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