books - Jessica Abel

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  • 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?

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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.

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  • La Perdida

    fiction

    Carla, an American estranged from her Mexican father, heads to Mexico City with a backpack, a few hundred dollars, and a head full of preconceptions. Her intense desire to connect with Mexico and her unwillingness to see the impact of her own history on her understanding combine to turn an innocent journey down a dark path. A story about the youthful desire to live an authentic life and the consequenc

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  • Drawing Words & Writing Pictures

    prose

    Drawing Words & Writing Pictures is a systematic course that teaches the alchemical art of combining words and pictures to make comics. In it, we have laid out a complete, structured syllabus that guides students from creating narrative within a single drawing to orchestrating all the skills involved in creating a multi-page, complex story. learn to exploit word-image juxtaposition explore p

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  • Mastering Comics: Drawing Words & Writing Pictures continued

    prose

    Mastering Comics, the sequel to Drawing Words and Writing Pictures, is out and can be purchased directly from us or from your favorite vendor via this link. Mastering Comics weaves together a number of inter-related streams, including: creating and developing stories coloring, both by hand and using the computer expanding your inking palette–incuding digital inking perspective b

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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. Life sucks harder when that job is night manager at the Last Stop, LA’s finest vampire-owned 24-hour convenience store, and you’re facing an eternity of restocking beef jerky and blood brew for Radu, your crappy boss and Vampi

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  • Radio: an Illustrated Guide

    nonfiction

    In 1998, I was living in Mexico City, making comics and illustration, and trying to maintain a professional life in the USA. Not easy in a not-ready-for-prime-time internet situation. Email was well-established, but Skype barely existed, and working in a fully digital, borderless way just wasn't the norm. I was best pals with the Fedex office clerks on the next block. You still had to use the phone con

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  • Mirror, Window

    short stories

    A collection of all of Artbabe volume 2 and several non-fiction and journalistic stories published during the same period (1997-1999). Artbabe was a comics series that ran, in jumbo minicomics and standard American comic book format, from 1992 - 1999. The comics contained fictional short stories (none of which, by the way, featured cover model Artbabe as a character). The subjects of the stories run

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  • Soundtrack

    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. order from Amazon.com first edition: June 2001 10.75" x 7.5"

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