99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style

99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style

Matt Madden / Sep 20, 2019

Ways to Tell a Story Exercises in Style Ways to Tell a Story is a series of engrossing one page comics that tell the same story ninety nine different ways Inspired by Raymond Queneau s Exercises in Style a mainstay of creative writi

  • Title: 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style
  • Author: Matt Madden
  • ISBN: 9781596090781
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Paperback
  • 99 Ways to Tell a Story is a series of engrossing one page comics that tell the same story ninety nine different ways Inspired by Raymond Queneau s 1947 Exercises in Style a mainstay of creative writing courses Madden s project demonstrates the expansive range of possibilities available to all storytellers Readers are taken on an enlightening tour sometimes amusing always99 Ways to Tell a Story is a series of engrossing one page comics that tell the same story ninety nine different ways Inspired by Raymond Queneau s 1947 Exercises in Style a mainstay of creative writing courses Madden s project demonstrates the expansive range of possibilities available to all storytellers Readers are taken on an enlightening tour sometimes amusing always surprising through the world of the story Writers and artists in every media will find Madden s collection especially useful even revelatory Here is a chance to see the full scope of opportunities available to the storyteller each applied to a single scenario varying points of view visual and verbal parodies formal reimaginings and radical shuffling of the basic components of the story Madden s amazing series of approaches will inspire storytellers to think through and around obstacles that might otherwise prevent them from getting good ideas onto the page 99 Ways to Tell a Story provides a model that will spark productive conversations among all types of creative people novelists screenwriters graphic designers and cartoonists

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    • ☆ 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style || ´ PDF Read by ↠ Matt Madden
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      • Matt Madden

        MATT MADDEN is a cartoonist and the author of 99 Ways to Tell a Story Exercises in Style Together, they are the authors of Drawing Words Writing Pictures.


    1. This is Raymond Queneau's "Exercises in Style" reimagined as 99 variants of the same visual narrative. It's the kind of project that (I suspect) will leave most people scratching their head and asking WTF, but that will prove irresistible to a certain very specialized subset of readers. You know who you are. I'm not saying it's a given that you attend Comicon, have an unsettling mastery of Star Wars arcana, or work in Information Technology. On the other hand, the reader most likely to enjoy Mad [...]

    2. Let me start by quoting from the blurb:Inspired by Raymond Queneau's 1947 work of the same title, which told a simple story in ninety-nine different styles and genres Madden does the same but in different styles of comics - Marvel superhero, R. Crumb, Herge, even as a map or the Bayeux Tapestry.Well, Matt's work may not have been quite as original as this statement suggests. In 1963, Gallimard published an illustrated edition of Exercises de Style, which contained drawings by Jacques Carelman, [...]

    3. Queneau-lite, for people who can't be bothered to read the French original; Madden draws 99 one-page cartoons, all presenting variants on this basic story:[image error]Some of the ideas are very funny! I particularly liked Manga, Superhero, Bayeux Tapestry, Map, Political Cartoon, How-To (he explains the process of drawing a comic strip) and most of the parody/homage pieces in honour of famous graphic artists. The Crumb parody is spot-on:A few entries do give the impression of being there to mak [...]

    4. This is an absolute gem of a book that I stumbled across in my university library. I thought it looked whimsical and unique and so I just had to pick it up - and I was not disappointed at all. This was charming, funny, hysterical and definitely made me laugh out loud on numerous occasions. Matt takes one scenario and twists it to fit different prompts and buzz words, which gives the story hilarious and refreshing twists. Some of them are so absurd that they don't quite make sense, but that makes [...]

    5. Very interesting, very funny and just inspiring. Matt Madden has written the most boring one page comic story - he gets up to go to the fridge, his wife calls out to ask him the time, and when he gets to the fridge he can't remember what he wanted. Sorry, I've given the plot away. Having shown you the story, he then goes on to show you it another 98 ways, using different comic genres, different artistic styles, different styles of particular comic book artists, different view points reading it y [...]

    6. This book is an imitation and homage to Raymond Queneau’s legendary Exercises in Style. Both works in turn reflect the tradition of books of etudes that teach and explore composition and keyboard techniques running from Bach at least to Shostakovich. Like Exercise in Style, 99 Ways To Tell a Story takes a very small incident: a man in what is evidently a two-story apartment leaves his workspace to go to the kitchen. He is interrupted by someone upstairs asking him what time it is. He then reac [...]

    7. eine wunderbare variation auf die 'stilübungen' von raymond queneau in comicformtt maden geht mit bestechend spielerischem ernst an die sache heran und zeigt - nicht weniger überzeugend wie sein inspirator - wie viele optionen es im comic gibtr einzige schwachpunkt besteht meiner ansicht nach in den hommagen, die sich in dem werk finden. diese sind zwar sehr gut umgesetzt, verlassen aber den klar umrissenen rahmen des werks, weil sie das fass zu weit auskippen andererseits aber, es gäbe auch [...]

    8. Serendipitous find as I searched for books related to one of my favorites: Exercises de Style de Raymond Queneau. The premise, take the same 2 events, and retell them in 95 different ways, varying the style each time. This version is all about graphically, visually, retelling the same story. In my quest to get more visually intelligent about graphic novels, this was definitely a step in the right direction.

    9. Does what it says presents the same one page story 99 different ways. It's inspiring, witty and just plain clever. Thoroughly enjoyable read.

    10. Brillante en muchos sentidos. Un ejercicio de creatividad muy enriquecedor. Quizás no todos los estilos están explorados en profundidad. Por ejemplo, la página dedicada al comic de superhéroes no explora la narratividad asociada al género y se limita a poner mallas y capas a los personajes. Donde sí es más interesante es en los ejercicios con limitaciones formales, por ejemplo, en viñetas horizontales, en punto de vista único, etc.Muy recomendable y además gana muchísimo si se acompa [...]

    11. An entertaining book based on a brilliant concept skillfully and imaginatively executed. This book deserves more attention than it has received.

    12. Belum sempat baca Raymond Queneau dengan Exercises in Style, akhirnya baca buku ini. Buku yang terinspirasi dari Raymond Queneau namun dibuat sesuai dengan keahlian Matt Madden.

    13. This is the same one-page story told in comics format 99 times in different styles and with different modifications. The story is nothing -- barely a scene -- but the mutations become fascinating to watch, and it's a great exercise in, or inspiration for, creativity. I'm also intrigued to read Exercises in Style, which inspired it.

    14. This is tagged as "an exploration of storytelling that will amuse and delight you, and inspire your own creative work--your novel, your comic, even your film."I picked it up as a creative inspiration piece. Reading it reminded me of watching improv theater. Every spread in the book has the same script. But every spread in the book tells the story in a different way. Some are slight differences, such as altering the POV, others change the genre (space fiction, western, detective novel), others pl [...]

    15. Some variations of the simple story are in the style of specific people, and others are in the author's style but with some kind of twist in the way he would normally tell it. Some examples are "Unreliable Narrator," "Photocomic," "One Panel," "Thirty Panels," "Cento," "Map," "Storyboard," "Personification," "The Next Day," "Too Much Text," "Minimalist," "Horizontal," "Vertical"Some of them seem kind of just some way to change the comic, like "What's Wrong with this Comic?" and "Inking Outside t [...]

    16. 99 exercices de style est un roman graphique. L'auteur a pris une situation anodine du quotidien, ici, se levé pour aller chercher quelque chose dans le frigo et une fois arrivé devant, ne plus se souvenir ce qu'on venait chercher, et a décliné cette situation en 99 planches différents en se basant sur la planche de base (la matrice). C'est vraiment une BD hors du commun, parfois décalée, parfois sous forme de cahier de vacances (jeux des différences), et qui permet de découvrir pleins [...]

    17. This is a lot of fun, especially for fans (like me) of comic book art. Madden has a skillful pen (and brush and photographer's eye, because he uses various media), and is good at imitating the styles of other cartoonists he admires. The question he poses (as did Raymond Queneau, whose 1947 book Exercices de style inspired this one) is whether, by changing point of view, tense and tone, we are really telling the same story. Like Queneau, he begins with a very simple (rather silly) anecdote: comic [...]

    18. In concept this book is fascinating. In execution, it's rather limited -- more of a quick-read companion piece to Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics than essential study. A few of Madden's exercises like "Anime" and "Dailies" are interesting, revealing the way artistic genres influence the reader's expectations and subtle emotional reactions. It seems like the only real limits to this project are book production costs and Madden's technique, so it's a shame that Madden didn't go further into t [...]

    19. This is definitely in the ouerve of Scott McCloud. It's variations-on-a-one-page-theme, 99 comics retelling a scenelet about a cartoonist who goes downstairs to check the fridge, only to discover he's forgotten what the heck he wanted.The book seemed a bit familiar, but after seeing I hadn't reviewed it, I figured I hadn't read it. So I checked it out in anticipation of reading it together with Raymond Queneau's book (still on hold at the library).Left the office in the rain and picked it up on [...]

    20. Meh. I liked it, but I can't help but think the author cheated more than a few times. Often Madden changes the characters, or the dialogue to have the man refer to someone else rather than himself. These seem to be different stories, not just stylistic variations. And for the most part Madden doesn't explore the use of layout as a style point. There is one example each of layouts of only horizontal and only vertical panels, but what about and example of, say, one panel covering the left side of [...]

    21. The concept of this book was the best thing about it. It makes me want to write a book that's similar, except not in comics and without language but with a fairy tale or two.The introduction intrigued me the most, and a few versions of the comic (only one page long) are amusing."Can a story, however simple or mundane, be separated from the manner in which it is told? Is there an essential nugget from which all stylistic and physical characteristics can be stripped? What would that core look like [...]

    22. Matt Madden takes a simple one page story--he gets up, a woman asks him for the time, and he forgets what he wanted from the fridge--and tells it over and over again, in 99 different ways. It's a hard thing to rate, because it doesn't really exist to be rated--it's more of, as the title says, a series of aesthetic exercises. Madden says in the introduction that he wants to look into how story is rooted in the way it's told, and from the sheer variety of images here, I think he picked a good medi [...]

    23. A fantastic book for inspiration as it gets you to think about how sequential images are represented. It does wonders for the imagination and I'll be keeping it at hand for future reference, as it can be picked up and flipped through without regard to the context.The premise is a simple story, told in comic form over one page. The author interprets this single story repeatedly using different styles, allowing the reader to understand each style's particular qualities, and how they form the same [...]

    24. Una propuesta original y -aparentemente- complicada, esta de una misma historia contada de 99 maneras diferentes; cuando lo vi me resultó llamativo y decidí leerloMe ha gustado cómo combina diferentes técnicas gráficas, distintos estilos, homenajea a grandes y reconocibles autores de comics y sí, siempre es la misma historia; y no te cansas de leerla, porque estás esperando qué giro le dará en la siguiente página.Una opción muy interesante y recomendable.Mis favoritas: la versión und [...]

    25. A very interesting book based on Raymond Queneau's "Exercices de style". There are only a handful of exercises here that don't really work well. Most of them are fascinating and a few are real eye-openers, and reveal the power of comics as a worthy art form."99 Ways" is actually a very compelling look at various "comic book" techniques, and as such, could serve as a complement to Scott McCloud's "Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art".It definitely wants to make you re-read Queneau's "Exercice [...]

    26. One scene, told in comics format in 99 different styles. Some of them are a little sillier than others, but all in all this is a fantastic resource for any writer, comics or not. It's fascinating to consider re-writing a piece from a completely different perspective, and although Madden doesn't change the outcome of his single scene, one could certainly use this method to explore plot development.

    27. Clever, clever, clever. A really great book for anyone interested in visual narrative as Madden recreates one simple banal scene in, you guessed it, ninety-nine different ways. More than just a heady exercise, it had me laughing out loud with certain parodies like Little Nemo in Slumberland and those Chick gospel tracts. And I had no trouble dipping in and out of the book when able, a must for the mother of an eight-month-old. :)

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