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Lila & Ecco's Do-It-Yourself Comics Club

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Twelve-year-olds Lila and Ecco are obsessed with comics. Every summer, they dress up as their favorite characters to attend the local comic book convention. This year, after they stumble into a workshop of comics creators, Lila and Ecco come to an exciting realization -- they can make their very own comic books! Join Lila and Ecco as they embark on their exciting and rewar ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Kids Can Press
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Ally Copper
“Lila & Ecco’s Do-It-Yourself Comics Club” by Willow Dawson is a how-to book that describes the steps for creating a comic book or graphic novel. The directions for creating a comic book reside within a story about Lila, Ecco, and Lila’s little sister Ruby, and this story is told in graphic novel format. Lila and Ecco attend a comic book conference and take part in a session where they learn the ins and outs of how to make comic books. Then they go home to practice and discuss what they lear ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: This is a Cybils '10 nominee and required reading for me as a graphic novels panelist.

This book is mostly a non-fiction guide on how to make your own comic book thinly guised within the framework of a fictional story. Lila and Ecco go to a Comic Con but they have to keep Lila's little sister with them. She runs off and they chase her into a room where a panel is discussing comics/graphic novels and how they are made. At the end of the presentation little how-to booklets are d
This book is really about sequential storytelling, sort of like Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics, but aimed at a younger audience. Willow Dawson walks the characters through the process of creating their own short comic book, after they got inspired by a panel at a comic convention.
This book would be very valuable to young creators who want to make their own comics or zines, but the explanation of the "standard" stylings would also be useful to explain comics and sequential art to adults who
There's too much going on in this book for it to be either effective as a story or as nonfiction. There are definite nods to McCloud, whose approach set the standard for comics-formatted DIY manuals, but overall the attempt to replicate what he did, but for a younger audience, falls short. Characters often say too much for one speech bubble and it's not natural conversational speech.
Sarah Souther
A comic book about making comic books that doesn't talk down to kids. Lila, Ecco, and Lila's tag-along little sister Ruby go to a comics convention and become inspired to make their own comics. The book goes through the inspirational and technical processes, using Lila's and Ecco's creations to demonstrate. So, as they discuss various ways to show time passing in a comic book, Ruby is shown in front of a clock in multiple panels. Then Ecco is shown in multiple positions in a single panel. This i ...more
Emilia P
Way to use your powers for good Willow D.
The other thing I read by you was kind of mediocre.
This was kind of academic, businesslike -- write a draft! sequence well! Make a good cover with creator credits! Make a dummy! And then! And then! Go to your public library and read more comic books so you can get more ideas! Amen. I dunno -- another reviewer said "it doesn't talk down to kids" and that's true, it felt very direct, a little challenging and assuming kids are dedicated to their comix makin
Packs in a wealth of info about creating comics, covering everything from inking and lettering to drawing perspective to managing without a long-arm stapler. Nice mix of characters explaining concepts alongside the panels showing them (those were fun and clever). Maybe a bit too prescriptive. Recommended for instruction, not so much the story itself.
Candice M (tinylibrarian)
Lila and Ecco are comics-loving twelve-year-olds who, through their own adventures attending a comicon, show the reader how to make comics themselves.

This nonfiction title disguised as a fiction title introduces teens and tweens to the basics of creating comics from scratch in a fun, non-overwhelming way.
Sandy Brehl
Lila and Ecco's story incorporates many helpful (and fun) tips on creating comics, embedding many of the author's own comic workshops for kids into the plot line. Plenty of kids will love it, and those who resist "regular" writing might buy into this approach.
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