Today’s Guest: Barbara Slate, comic book artist, graphic novelist, You Can Do a Graphic Novel, Getting Married and Other Mistakes
Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of teenagers whose only apparent talent is spray painting the fence when my back is turned… right here in the NEW new media capital of the world… St. Petersburg, Florida!
No greater authority than Marvel Comics’ own Stan Lee asks that you not read Barbara Slate’s new book, You Can Do a Graphic Novel.
It’s right there on the cover: Stan the Man says, “I shudder at the thought of having to compete with a whole new gaggle of graphic novel creators! I tremble because if anyone can bring out the writer and artist hidden within society’s somnambulant psyche, it’s the titanically talented Barbara Slate. So please don’t read this book. I have a family to support!”
I hate to counter the expresses wishes of the man who put the “excel” in “Excelsior!” but if you’ve ever thought about dabbling in the world of graphic novels and need a little help getting started, Barbara Slate may be the right hot poker for you.
BARBARA SLATE podcast excerpt: “A good story needs a beginning, middle and a twist. The twist is the surprise and what makes it interesting. You don’t want a linear story.”
Slate is a veteran of comic books and illustration, having started her career with a line of “Ms. Liz” greeting cards and Cosmopolitan cartoons before graduating to comic books. She has worked for DC and Marvel, having illustrated everything from Barbie for Marvel, Beauty & the Beast for Disney and Betty & Veronica for Archie Comics. She’s also the author of the Yuppies from Hell series of graphic novels.
Speaking of “from hell,” she’s a fellow parent of a teen-age daughter. Poor woman!