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Draw Out the Story: Ten Secrets to Creating Your Own Comics

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  19 reviews
From single-panel comics to full-blown graphic novels, there are dozens of ways to use comics to tell a story. And whether kids want to write or draw something funny or scary, long or short, made-up or true-to-life, cartoonist and author Brian McLachlan maintains there are just ten crucial things they need to know to get started. Using colloquial text, images, and examples ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Owlkids Books
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Tyler W2/3
it okay I think it a little boring
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Doodling is a prevalent art form in schools around the world. Most children will draw pictures or silly symbols on homework, binders, arms, or tables. Many of them may assign stories or names to a particular doodle, a dinosaur with a top hat and monocle may be known as Jeffery and he might have a whole story behind him. Jeffery’s creator may not realize it, but she has just started the process of making a comic. Brian McLachlan is a cartoonist with a dream; he wants to help young people on the w ...more
Eric Beaty
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book takes an amazing approach to storytelling with tips I've never heard in any other writing book. It's a quick and entertaining read and definitely worth reading multiple times.

Though it's a book about drawing your own comics, it's more focused on storytelling than actual drawing. As such, this isn't the sort of book you need if you're looking for an instruction manual on drawing in general. But if you're looking to improve your storytelling craft--whether with art or in general--I defi
Kathleen Ross
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Boils down the wordy to the succinct. A great little guide for all comic writing enthusiasts.
Galion Public Library Teens
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
Review by G.H. : "It taught me how to draw comics." ...more
Jan 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: j, nonfic
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What is style? What is genre? How do you come up with good story ideas? These are the kinds of questions this short nonfictional book addresses. McLachlan covers comics conventions, the strengths and weaknesses of the sequential art medium, and gives the reader lots and lots of suggestions of ways to practice making comics themselves. Most of the narrative is presented in paragraphs with illustrations to demonstrate the techniques discussed. The illustrations are colorful,
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: silver-birch
I thought this book was just ok. It repeaded alot of information that the author just said into a little comic. Brian sometimes over explained the simplest things like a detaild or non detaild comic. I was happy to see that he put in a real comic about pirates. It was a better example for me so I know what a good comic looks like. This is a great book to learn from. I suggest that atleast you try an activity that he put in the book. A good one to try is the one on page 55. It shows you that you ...more
Winnie Howard
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, and as an adult learned as much as any beginner at any age. Each chapter contains easy to understand text mixed with comics that help illustrate the points. At the end of each chapter are fun exercises that further help you comprehend the lessons. If you want to learn how to create comics, graphic novels or even illustrate a book, you'll learn a lot from this book. I suggest you try it out. ...more
With ten sections filled with secrets readers will learn more about the art forms and have ideas to help create their own comic. The comics grammar lesson is helpful when introducing a class to the elements of a comic, too.
Great Books
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ages-9-11
Learn to create your own comics with expert tips and tricks for creating stories, making text and illustrations work together and using different styles and genres. The comic style format will spark the creativity of budding comic artists.
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Intisar Khanani
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you've ever wanted to learn how to write and illustrate a comic, this is a great book to start with. McLachlan's writing is engaging and positive--he almost cheerleads you through the exercises at the end of (and sometimes in the middle of) each chapter. Definitely recommend. ...more
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very helpful book! I would give it to any budding comic artists. Very practical.
Jun 07, 2014 marked it as to-read
Very well done. Informative and inspiring!
Laura Phelps
Jan 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: possiblemsba2013
Great advice and tips for kids who are interested in delving into the graphic novel/comic format. For budding authors and illustrators, this is a gem!
Maine Student Book Award Nominee 2014-2015
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teaching
Great nonfiction read. Clear steps and practice activities. Use this to help frame a new kind of writing activity. Use with MacBook Comic Life.
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, nonfiction, yrc14, how-to
Excellent how-to guide for aspiring comic/graphic novel writers. Filled with drawing and writing tips as well as tips specific to the form.
Jenni Frencham
This is a great graphic novel about drawing comics and graphic novels. There are lots of good tips and ideas for drawing your own comic.
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