Abel takes us behind the scenes of the most popular radio shows and podcasts, including This American Life, Serial, and Invisibilia, in this documentary style graphic novel. With the help of Ira Glass, readers meet their favorite voices and producers, and come to understand the inner workings of the podcasts and radio shows we so dearly love. This comic is interesting and informative, text heavy for those who do not quickly select comic books.
It suffers from the same fault all "talking head" documentaries suffer from (that is, there's no action or feelings, and it's boring), and the added fault of having a topic that isn't amenable to graphic storytelling. A lot of dialogue, somewhat repetitive, and the secret to radio documentaries is all too often just "intuition."
A documentary graphic novel about the making of documentary radio stories. And it is a story about storytelling.
Abel spent two years conducting interviews and shadowing behind-the-scenes events with the producers of This American Life, The Moth, Radiolab, Planet Money, Snap Judgment, Serial, Invisibilia, and other narrative radio shows. Then she figured out how to weave all of that material into a compelling, personal narrative she could illustrate. She, Ira Glass, and her other subjects talk to her, to each other, and to readers in turn. They talk about who they are as artists and the processes they follow to create their art.
The material is woven into themes that speak to anyone interested in stories and storytelling. Abel's subtitle may call these things "secrets," though simply listing them isn't particularly revealing. The journey through them, however, as presented in Abel's book, certainly is. This is a fascinating, engaging, informative meditation on story creation helpful for all types of storytellers.
A fascinating and informative walk through ''narrative radio shows/podcasts.'' And inspiring - I totally want to do my own little podcast now!
Out of the Wire is an interesting peak behind the scenes at the world of radio storytelling. My first impression was that it was overly wordy for a comic about concise storytelling. The dialogue boxes are less dense by the end, but the whole first chapter seems needlessly crowded. I think those readers more invested in the medium or the industry will be less bothered by it.
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