View Full Version : Writing advice from comic book reviews

01-01-2010, 10:38 AM
Hi guys. I'm a big fan of a dude who calls himself Linkara, a guy who does video comic reviews (sounds weird, doesn't it? But believe me, they actually work. ;)). I was just watching one of his older ones for the first time, and I was amazed at how much writing advice is hidden in the review, even if he didn't intend it as such.

Now, this isn't the funniest review he has by any means (seriously, look at what he's got to work with), but I thought I'd share so others could see:

Mickey Mantle (http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/linkara/at4w/11775-mantle2)

This is basically from a reader's perspective. He talks about showing instead of telling, the necessity of conflict, etc., and he has some really good examples of it. What I thought was cool, though, was that he doesn't really refer to any of it as such. I started really noticing these things about halfway through when he really got into the "show don't tell" aspect of things. Anyway, it was interesting to see these things from a reader's perspective, but he also pointed out some good things about story and what not as well, and I wanted to share. :)

And just for anyone who cares, here are a couple of links to some of his really fantastic reviews. Seriously, I love this guy. :)

All Star Batman and Robin (http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/linkara/at4w/13422-asbr01)
Superman at Earth's End (http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/linkara/at4w/3252-superman-at-earths-end)

01-01-2010, 11:13 AM
Studying anyone who writes/plots can help, not just other authors.
Such as scriptwriters, comic book designers, etc.

01-01-2010, 02:51 PM
Which is why I posted the link. ;)

01-03-2010, 05:12 PM
I watched an epic review of star wars: the phantom menace on youtube the other day (seriously, this thing was nearly as long as the film itself) and even though I'm barely even a fan of stars wars and haven't even seen phantom menace I was enthralled for the whole thing. Because in dissecting what was wrong with the film the reviewer offered some brilliant and well worded examples of what not to do in writing, particular in regards to character development. Sure, he was talking about film but the points he was making applied to all narrative forms, I think.

I guess I'm trying to say that writing advice can come from anywhere!

01-03-2010, 06:18 PM
Do you have the link? I'd love to see it. :)

01-03-2010, 07:27 PM
Do you have the link? I'd love to see it. :)

I think this might be the video.

*Warning* Several portions of this review contain inappropriate language--though not much.

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Review (Part 1 of 7) by RedLetterMedia

01-03-2010, 09:30 PM
I disliked that review...I see his points, but he executed it badly IMO.

01-04-2010, 05:22 AM
Like I said, not his best. I just liked the points. Which is why I linked my favorites to give a better example of his usual stuff. I love the guy. Most of his stuff cracks me up. ;)

01-04-2010, 05:53 AM
Yeah that was the link. I didn't post it because some of his "jokes" were pretty offensive and muddy up his points, which are very good.