Saturday, October 3, 2015

Out On the Wire by Jessica Abel

     This is my first time reviewing a graphic novel. I choose to do this format because I was intrigued and the subject seems to lend itself to this way of presenting the information.
      To have presented the information in a straight non-fiction format of words on white paper would have presented a heaver and bulkier book.
    This graphic book covers the storytelling secrets of public radio such as voice, story structure, sound, and pacing.
   It takes you behind the scene to walk you through the whole process from inception to final broadcast. When there are areas that need clarification the cartoon persona of the author is used.
   The research involved in tracking down the practitioners of this art is well done. I could sense this was a labor of love. 
   Abel uses personal stories to illuminate the window into this kind of storytelling.
   Using graphic techniques to cover this subject may appeal to some young readers who prefer comics to books. 
   I realize this is a genre that is popular. For those who are yet to discover literature done in print on paper this is a way to communicate both information and entertainment.
   I would recommend this for people who need information on this area of broadcasting. There is nothing wrong with the concept of graphics. It just doesn’t seem to be stimulating.
   I was sent this book gratis from blogging for books for this review.  I was required to give an honest review and let the chips fall where they may.
  This graphics book also comes in an eBook format.

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