Brian Bendis captures the heart and imagination of comic lovers and budding writers/artists with his revealing memories and almost self-depricating humor. Sprinkled throughout the book are helpful how-to moments, interesting business notes, and even the acknowledgement that the work is difficult and poor…something a lot of ‘big name’ artists wouldn’t admit. Each nugget of golden insight comes with an array of his artwork, so that the rainbow of comic colors becomes the gold that we look for at the end.
I will be using this text in my 5th grade writing course to show students that hard work and a love of the art can get you further than anything else. Who knows…this text may be the catapult someone needs to become the next great comic book artist, writer, or main stream author.
I give Brian Bendis’ book Words for Pictures 5 out of 5 Dragons!