Mastering Comics: Drawing Words & Writing Pictures Continued
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Mastering Comics: Drawing Words & Writing Pictures Continued

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A new course of material to accompany First Second’s widely acclaimed 2008 comics textbook.
In their hotly anticipated follow-up to 2008’s comics textbook Drawing Words & Writing Pictures, School of Visual Arts cartooning professors Matt Madden and Jessica Abel bring their expertise to bear on the “second semester” of a course of study for the budding cartoonist. Cover...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by First Second
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Jun 06, 2012 First Second Books marked it as first-second-publications
Do you need a book that tells you how to make comics?

This is that book.

Jessica Abel and Matt Madden do an amazing job putting together the basics of how comics should be made -- not only for potential comics creators, but for the classroom. Each chapter has homework, additional reading, and a whole lot of examples from amazing authors.

This book is also great for teachers or librarians who are interested in learning more about the behind-the-scenes comics-making process. What goes into how your...more
Tim Lewis
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Premise: Many artists have the desire to create comics but might not know where to begin when it comes to layout, style, or the techniques necessary for creating print and digital art. Mastering Comics is a textbook covering topics including character and reader perspective, storytelling, artistic techniques, conversion to screen, penciling, inking, lettering, and much more.

Themes: One of the main things covered in Mastering Comics is creating thumbn...more
Andrew Shuping
Matt and Jessica have extensive experience creating and teaching comics and in their first book, Drawing With Words and Pictures, they shared a portable classroom. Now they come back to us with further lessons in this companion book. The book covers more advanced topics in creating a good comic, such as story composition; coloring and formatting pictures; and even more importantly it has a section on how to self-publish and getting published, surely to be helpful to young writers/artists just st...more
Ingrid Hardy
This is (in my opinion) a fantastic book to get anyone interested in creating absolutely any kind of story with sequential art. Whether you want to use stick figures - which is actually very good when you just want to get your idea for a story down - or eventually use complex drawings, this book takes the mystery out of it, if you are a beginner. The book is designed for groups to use, but us loners can easily use it to. After getting this book, I got some of Will Eisner's books (genius books) a...more
I read so many how-to-books, that I was waiting for those who went in depth and MC, did not disappoint. It went in depth on subjects of production, coloring, and scripting. It was concise and there several exercises to do to work that creative muscle and vanquish the BLANK PAGE.
THis has more to do with the mechanics of story than its predecessor, and it does not disappoint. As I noted in the review of the last one, the use of spot color is very effective, and in this book, they get it right.
Great intro to drawing book; doesn't focus on realistic life drawing but a good 101 for ppl new to drawing; tips from how to sit properly were interesting!
This book has so much great information. A great start for anyone that wants to get into creating comics!!
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Jessica Abel (Chicago, 1969) started making comics in college, at the University of Chicago. Her early efforts appeared in the student anthology Breakdown. After college, in 1992, she won the infamous “Stinky Date” contest in Peter Bagge’s Hate comics, and, since she had arranged to meet the artist at the Chicago Comics Convention, she decided to put together a sampler of her comics to show him an...more
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