Tuesday, June 21, 2011

You Can Do a Graphic Novel Review and Giveaway!!

When I was contacted by Wilks PR and Alpha Books with the opportunity to review and do a giveaway of the book You Can Do A Graphic Novel by Barbara Slate, I was so excited!  My teen age daughter is really into reading graphic novels, and she loves to draw as well.  I immediately went and told her the news that we were getting the book after shooting back an email with my address and my excitement.

When the book came in the mail, she hastily opened it and started reading immediately.  It's a cool book!

From what I can see, nothing is left out in teaching you how to draw your own graphic novel.  This book has now become a part of Jasmine's homeschooling for art.

Chapters include:
Your Story
Draw, Draw, Draw
The Creative Process
The Creative Block
Creating Characters
The Plotline
Some Students' Work
The "Biz" and a glossary.
187 pages total.

It so happened that the night after getting the book in the mail, my middle daughter went in to labor.  She was scheduled to go in to the hospital the following morning early so I already had a "hospital bag" packed for my daughter, her 8 yr old step son, and me.  I had made sure to pack You Can Do A Graphic Novel in the bag, along with some card stock and paper.

It didn't take my daughters 8 yr old step son long to discover the book in the bag.  He immediately started reading through it.  He asked for paper and couldn't wait to get started on his own book.
Here is a photo of his first page.  He is very proud of it, and was showing everyone he could.
About the Author:
Barbara Slate has done it all. Her first character, Ms. Liz, appeared on millions of greeting cards, in a regular comic strip for Cosmopolitan magazine, as a spokesperson for Dupont's Lycra and as the star in a series of animated segments on NBC's Today Show. Her big break in comics came when she created Angel Love for DC Comics. From there, she created, wrote and drew Yuppies from Hell, and Sweet XVI for Marvel and put her own spin on the Disney classics Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, Archie's Betty and Veronica, and Mattel's Barbie. Barbara's art has been exhibited in many galleries and reviewed by The New York Times. She is profiled in the seminal work A Century of Women Cartoonists. Stan Lee, Chairman, POW! Entertainment and Chairman Emeritus, Marvel Entertainment, calls Barbara "titanically talented." She is currently busy being a mom, doing a graphic novel titled, I Got Married and Other Mistakes, and teaching. Her website is barbaraslate.com.

You Can Do a Graphic Novel
ISBN: 9781592579556
Alpha Books, $19.95

Now on to the giveaway!  Wilks PR and Alpha Books has graciously offered to give a copy of this book to one of my lucky blog readers.

Open to the U.S.
Giveaway starts June 21, 2010 and ends Tuesday July 5 at 9 pm CST.
Winner will be drawn using random.org.
Winner will have 48 hours to contact me or another winner will be drawn.
Leave a separate comment for each entry and make sure at least one of your entries has a way to contact you if you are the winner.

Mandatory entry:  Comment and let me know who you will give this book to if you win.

Additional ways to enter:

1. Visit barbaraslate.com. and come back and leave a comment about something you learned.

2.  Like my facebook fan page, follow me with google friend connect, subscribe to my blog by email, vote for me on the fence, join my blog frog community, and/or follow @marsha32 on twitter.  All of these except the twitter can be done from my blog.  Each one is worth an entry so please leave separate comments for each one.  Up to 6 entries!

3.  Place my button on your site. (3 entries)  Comment with the URL where I will find it.

4.  Post about this giveaway on your blog, facebook, twitter, gather etc.  Comment with the link to find the post.  This can be done up to 5 times during the giveaway.

Good luck!!

Disclaimer:  I was sent You Can Do A Graphic Novel by Alpha Books for the purpose of my review and giveaway.  I was not compensated in any other way for my review.  All opinions about the book are my own.
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