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Adventures in Cartooning: Characters in Action (Adventures in Cartooning)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  55 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
The Knight, Edward the chubby horse, and of course the Magic Cartooning Elf are back for more fun, but this time they're sharing the stage with a host of new characters.

In Adventures in Cartooning: Characters In Action you'll learn how to create your own kooky characters. And fresh faces are needed -- the famous director Otto Airs is making a movie, and he's invited everyo
Paperback, 64 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by First Second
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First Second Books
Oct 10, 2013 First Second Books marked it as first-second-publications
This book is super awesome, and here’s why:

Kids are storytellers. Storytelling is an inherent human trait, and like many other inherent human traits (singing, drawing, dancing) a lot of kids are scared off from it as they grow up.

The ADVENTURES IN CARTOONING series is a fantastic antidote for this syndrome, letting kids bring their own talents to making comic books and offering them in return some fun, useful tools for their craft. I love love love CHARACTERS IN ACTION because it is as funny and
Sep 10, 2013 Valerie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I received a free ARC through NetGalley

This is the first Adventures in Cartooning book I have read. I have seen them at the library where I work, and I know they are quite popular with the kids. One of them was a Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee, so I usually take it that it must be pretty good. When I saw this on NetGalley, I decided I would really like to read it. I only knew that it was a graphic book, really nothing else. Still, I wasn't disappointed in my decision to read it.

A simple knight
Gig Wailgum
Sep 19, 2016 Gig Wailgum rated it really liked it
Fun! Whacky! Clever! and there are Cyclopses!
What always strikes me about the Adventures in Cartooning series is how many laugh out loud moments it has. My students cannot keep their hands off these books. Melding a mixture of how-to with a hilarious story, this third book shows readers how to create their own characters. Our night in shining armor heads off to save the day, only to find that there is a mean film director looking for the right characters for his movie.

The illustrations are so much fun in this book, simple but fantastic, sh
Feb 03, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Brave Knight and his trusty horse, Edward, are slightly confused when they meet an odd group of characters in the forest. They realize something is not right in the kingdom so they race home to check on the king. Upon arrival at the castle they find a movie director who has taken control and is trying to cast a new king and other characters. As the story unfolds the reader learns important things about the magic of cartooning as well as good behavioral lessons. If you haven't read any of the ...more
This one disappointed me. The previous books in this series have been stellar, but this one falls flat.

The concept is that characters a re a key element in storytelling. Characters have to be believeable and have reasonable motivations for the plot to make sense.

Here, the example story featuring characters-gone-wild is far too lengthy and the lesson is squeezed in at the end combined with an encouragement to create your own unique characters.

Check out the other books in the series for better p
Kelsey Bates
Jun 10, 2013 Kelsey Bates rated it really liked it
Another great book in the series! Like Adventures in Cartooning: How to Turn Your Doodles Into Comics, this book gives readers both a story and advice on how to draw interesting characters. I might have been nice to have a bit more of the advice, but overall a good book. Will be ordering as soon as it comes out!
Oct 03, 2013 Megan rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I received an advance copy from a giveaway.
I read it with my younger brother. We both liked it and thought it was pretty cute. The drawings were really nice and the cartooning how to at the end was easy to understand but relevant.
I would say that there was not too much how to content, but it's supposed to be the characters "in action."
One-Eyed Pak
Sep 10, 2016 One-Eyed Pak rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
A very fun way to learn how to create characters and to launch them in action! Right after closing the book, I want to draw for the rest of day.

I received a free copy of this book through a giveaway on Goodreads.
Oct 23, 2013 Rodger rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I really enjoyed this book. The illustrations were fabulously funny. I totally recommend this book as a top buy for the young and young at heart! I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
May 27, 2016 Kathy rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-stuff
Cute, but I wish there had been more cartooning tips throughout the book. In a vast array of characters girls show up as witches, a ballerina, and - spoiler alert - the helmeted knight turns out to be a girl - but this could easily have had more gender diversity.
Jul 25, 2014 Ian rated it liked it
A fun illustration of aesthetic principles that makes the mistake that it has to tell a story, and in so doing, it tells a repetitive story without any stakes.
This text does a great job showing how simple shapes can be transformed into extraordinary characters!
Jason Griffith
Jul 22, 2014 Jason Griffith rated it it was amazing
I really love this series. It's funny, interactive, engaging, and a great way to unlock the creativity of young readers, artists, etc.
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James Sturm is the author of several award-winning graphic novels for children and adults, including James Sturm’s America, Market Day, The Golem’s Mighty Swing and Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow. He is also the founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies and the National Association for Comics Art Educators. He created Adventures in Cartooning with collaborators Alexis Frederic-Frost and Andr ...more
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