books - Jessica Abel

Books

  • Out on the Wire: the Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio

    nonfiction

    Have you ever wondered just how people like Ira Glass, Jad Abumrad, and Alex Blumberg really make their unforgettable stories? How they make them feel so urgently necessary? And if the story isn't over when we arrive at our destination, what makes us spend those precious extra minutes sitting in our car or on a park bench listening to how things turn out, rather than arriving at our destination on time? Have you ever wished you could learn their secrets?

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  • Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars

    fiction

    Trish “Trash” Nupindju is a talented young hoverderby player on Mars 200 years in the future. She wants desperately to go pro because it seems like the only way to escape a future of poverty and hard labor on her family’s moisture farm in Candor Chasma. But she knows even if she could make the team, she’s too young to get a contract, and her family is going broke faster than her escape velocity. And then a half-dead Martian shows up on her doorstep… Francophones: cliquez ici pour le version français de cette page. 

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  • La Perdida

    featured fiction

    A story about the youthful desire to live an authentic life and the consequences of trusting easy answers, La Perdida—at once grounded in the particulars of life in Mexico and resonantly universal—is about finding yourself by getting lost.  

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  • Drawing Words & Writing Pictures

    nonfiction

    Master the alchemical art of combining words and pictures to make comics. DWWP is a complete, structured course that guides you from creating narrative within a single drawing to orchestrating all the skills involved in creating a multi-page, complex story.

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  • Mastering Comics: Drawing Words & Writing Pictures continued

    nonfiction

    Get from spark to finished work—in the hands of readers. If you've already begun making comics, you may find yourself getting stuck on how to get to the next level. Sure, you can write a basic story. You can lay out a page. You know how to ink and scan. But when it comes to making something that really sings? That's new in the world? You need to take a few steps further. In Mastering Comics, you'll get beyond the basics.

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  • Life Sucks

    fiction

    Life sucks when you’re a baby-faced kid in LA—broke, girlfriend-less, and stuck in a dead-end job. And when we’re talking about Dave Miller, we really mean dead-end.

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  • Radio: an Illustrated Guide

    featured nonfiction

    A collaboration with Ira Glass and This American Life, all about what happens behind the scenes at TAL and how they make their show.

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  • Mirror, Window

    fiction short stories

    Comics short stories of young Chicagoans grappling with serious questions, such as Does she love me?, Can I stay friends with someone who has betrayed my trust?, and Can I make a life as an artist?

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  • Soundtrack

    fiction short stories

    The best of Artbabe Volume 1, including most of the stories from the first four (minicomics) issues, long out of print, and Vol 1 #5, the issue for which I won a Xeric grant. Also, there’s tons of other stuff dating back to my college days that was published in all sort of other places: zines, comics, magazines, and newspapers.

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