It's not that I think I wasted my money--but the booklet didn't exactly wow me either. I guess my review will fit in with the eight other 3-star ratings other readers gave it.
The chapter titles make it sound like the aspiring comic book writer will be treated to detailed instructions on how to create a successful comic. Instead, what you get are generic narratives that go off on tangents about the tepid state of the comic book industry.
Chapter Four is an exception. In this section, Alan Moore discusses at-length how he fit a Superman story into a 40 page comic.
But then there's the Afterwards, written 18 years after the original articles. This parting shot pretty much says: Forget-everything-I-wrote-earlier-on-this-subject-and-write-whatever-you-want-any-way-you-want.
Anyway, the cover art, along with the 22 black and white illustrations by Jacen Burrows, are top-notch and eye-catching. Unfortunately, they're not enough in quantity to elevate the booklet--originally articles published in a British fanzine--from decent to great.
Keep in mind, my feelings about Writing for Comic is in the minority. Out of the 42 other reviewers commenting on Amazon.com, 28 of them rate the booklet 4-stars or higher.
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