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Adventures in Cartooning: How to Turn Your Doodles Into Comics Paperback – March 31, 2009
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But before the brave knight can save the princess from the dragon, he must first establish himself in space, and to do this, he needs to be in a panel. And in the panel, he must move and communicate with the reader through dialog and thought balloons and sound effects, and the layout of each panel must flow in the direction the reader reads. Basic art lessons like these are layered effortlessly into the story and the reader quickly forgets that this is a how-to book. The simple Ed Emberley-type shapes used to create the knight, dragon, elf, and backgrounds are all unintimidating and easily imitated by novice artists.
As the story progresses, the concepts are less frequently explained using dialog. Instead, the techniques are illustrated, showing rather than telling how to create depth and motion via shadow or speed lines. The knight is wearing a helmet, so he has no facial expressions. Therefore, the artist uses body language and expressive symbols to convey emotion, including tilting the head to show laughter or using wavy lines where the knight's legs once were to indicate fear.
Plenty of emphasis is placed on imagination and storytelling. The story is told and the instruction given with plenty of humor that will appeal to kids.Read more ›
You'll follow along with "a BRAVE and EAGER knight" and a "MAGICAL ELF!" The elf made a pact with the knight. In exchange for a dragon, he asked the knight to let him tell him "about comics and cartooning." The first things he taught him about were panels, or the "little picture boxes" that comics are made up of. Those little boxes keep down the clutter and enable the reader to "see how things happen over time." You'll learn about the purpose of panels, how they indicate time or scenery changes and how they can change size. You'll learn that "words are as important as pictures," what thought balloons are, the purpose of long panels and more!
This book does not specifically instruct the budding graphic novelist in a step by step manner, but rather incorporates the instruction in the story line. The magical elf and the knight may not inspire the upper age range of its intended audience, age 12, but would grab the eight or nine-year-old immediately.Read more ›
When a princess is determined to be missing from her tower, there's only one place she could have gone. Clearly an evil dragon has kidnapped her. So it is that a brave knight and the brave knight's not particularly brave horse Edward set forth to find the dragon and rescue the lady fair. Aiding them is a Magic Cartooning Elf who strikes up a deal with the knight. If the elf is allowed to tell the knight about making comics then he will also lead the rescue party to the dragon. The result is that the elf teaches the knight and the readers about elements like panels, the size of text, backgrounds, and the fact that a reader will only believe what a character tells them to believe.Read more ›
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This is a fun book and gives great guidance for creative kids. My son borrowed this book so many times from the library, we finally got him his own copy, and he is thrilled!Published 15 days ago by FredSmith
8 year old aspiring cartoonist loves this and the action book companion.Published 1 month ago by Kendra F.
I like this and daughter loves it. She is 7 and seen this at her school. Wanted it for Christmas ever since. She is an avid reader and loves new information. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Fosti
Good book that can show you how to make a comic. Funny story line.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Delightful for kids and adults alike. This book was shared with me by two of my creative writing students on the day our class was doing graphic story work. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Britton Swingler
My grandson doodles constantly so I thought this might be a good idea for him to turn his doodles (which are very very good) into something more permanent.Published on February 4, 2014 by Judy Johnson
The boys are both artists, and they love this book! A wonderful, fun story with beautifuf/colorful illustrations. Thank you, Amazon.
You always meet our expectations!