KA-BOOM! A Dictionary of Comic Book Words, Symbols & Onomatopoeia
Paperback, 124 Pages
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"Shouldn't all dictionaries start with AAAA and end with ZZZZZZZTZZZTZZZ? Ka-BOOM! does: it's a collection of sound effects from comic books, each one rigorously defined and cross referenced. Nowhere has the art of onomatopoeia been raised to higher heights than in the humble comic book." TIME Digital Vol.5 No.5"I was trying to find how to spell EEEUW in a regular dictionary and, of course, that wasn't going to happen.""I am a middle school English language arts teacher. While in the process of creating lessons on vocabulary, I discovered "KA-BOOM!" ...a fun and worthwhile addition to a lesson in which students will create their own dictionaries." English Language Arts Teacher WVDE/IBM Reinventing Education Project"I just started writing and need someplace to find these screwy words."
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Feb 2, 2017"How the Heck is That Sound Spelled? (by Jim Tierney)" Sure, we all know of “crash” or “bang” or even “kapow”, but what happens when you need some fancy onomatopoeia for something a little more exotic, like say, the sound duct tape makes coming off the roll? Well, you could just wing it I suppose, or you could make it up, maybe throw together a bunch of random consonants… Or you could just avoid the issue through dialog if possible… But let’s face it, sometimes there’s just no substitution for sound effects. So what do you do then? Personally, I’m terrible at figuring out onomatopoeia. Yet what did I do? I decided to make a comic that takes place in the future, and not only that, but a comic that also involves a lot of crazy machinery and weird partially robotic boys. Needless to say, it wasn’t long before I ran into my first sound effect problems (electrical sound effects can be tricky!) What did I do? I hit up google. I didn’t just google onomatopoeia though… I googled... More > ‘comic onomatopoeia’, and there, in those search results, was the solution to all my sound related problems… KA-BOOM! A Dictionary of Comic Book Words, Symbols, & Onomatopoeia. Needless to say, I bought it. From my experience, I can say, if anyone has every had problems trying to create the proper sound effect, this book is a life-saver. The book is basically divided into two parts. The first part, is an A to Z list of a very large number of sound effects with mention of which comic books from which the author pulled them. It’s an interesting read (if you’re into that sort of comic nerdery), but where KA-BOOM! is really worth the money, is in the second half of the book (technically the last 1/3) which is titled: “BZZURKK! The Thesaurus of Champions.” Do you need to know common means of spelling out the sound of a ricochet? How about the sound toxic waste makes? It’s all there. Words can be pulled right from the thesaurus, or it can be a great tool to help with the onomatopoetic process. Basically, If you’ve ever been stuck on just how to spell out that electrical effect you’re imagining, this is the tool you need. Honestly, there isn’t much more I can say about the book, than to mention that it’s a fantastic resource, for what otherwise tends to be a rather overlooked aspect of cartooning. I recommend it.< Less
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- Standard Copyright License
- Kevin Taylor
- February 16, 2007
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.52 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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