Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels

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9781435261945: Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. An in-depth look at how comics storytelling works, offering advice, how-tos and exercises.

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Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics was published in 1993, just as "Comics Aren't Just for Kids Anymore!" articles were starting to appear and graphic novels were making their way into the mainstream, and it quickly gave the newly respectable medium the theoretical and practical manifesto it needed. With his clear-eyed and approachable analysis--done using the same comics tools he was describing--McCloud quickly gave "sequential art" a language to understand itself. McCloud made the simplest of drawing decisions seem deep with artistic potential.

Thirteen years later, following the Internet evangelizing of Reinventing Comics, McCloud has returned with Making Comics.

Designed as a craftsperson's overview of the drawing and storytelling decisions and possibilities available to comics artists, covering everything from facial expressions and page layout to the choice of tools and story construction, Making Comics, like its predecessors, is also an eye-opening trip behind the scenes of art-making, fascinating for anyone reading comics as well as those making them. Get a sense of the range of his lessons by clicking through to the opening pages of his book, including his (illustrated, of course) table of contents (warning: large file, recommended for high-bandwidth users):

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Learn How to . . .

  • Choose the right moments to clarify and strengthen your stories.
  • Frame actions and guide your readers’ eyes through each comics page.
  • Choose words and pictures that communicate together.
  • Create varied and compelling new characters.
  • Master body language and facial expressions.
  • Create rich, believable worlds for your readers to explore.
  • Pick the tools that are right for you.
  • Navigate the vast world of comics styles and genres.

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