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Art for Kids: Comic Strips: Create Your Own Comic Strips from Start to Finish Paperback – July 5, 2011

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Grade 4-8–Many books describe the writing and drawing process for graphic novels, but this one sets itself apart by explaining how to create a three-panel comic strip from start to finish. The author includes advice on getting story ideas, sketching jokes, layout and design, adding color, and getting feedback. The bright, dynamic layout includes full-color illustrations. The writing is clear and concise so that after completing the book, readers will feel confident to branch out on their own. Roche is mindful of his young audience as he directs them to the Internet, warning them to ask a parent before going online. An excellent addition.–Esther Keller, I.S. 278, Marine Park, NY
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About the Author

Art Roche is the creative director for Smart Bomb Interactive, a game development company in Salt Lake City. Prior to that, Mr. Roche was the creative director for Cartoon Network's new media department. He is a member of the National Cartoonists Society and creator of the daily comic strip Lotto Otto and the animated series Nacho Bear (Cartoon Network).
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Art for Kids
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; Reprint edition (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402784740
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402784743
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Albert E. on December 12, 2009
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What sets this book apart from other cartooning books is that the author does not stop with a drawing lesson. This book truly does attempt to cover plot, story lines, etc. so that a child can create a comic strip of his or her own. This book also helped me understand what goes into creating a comic and the different types of comic strips that are out there. A worthwhile investment for any child interested in cartooning.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 25, 2008
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What I love about this book is the very explicit process given for making a strip. Kids can learn how to draw cartoon pictures from lots of books about cartooning; but how often do you read about story formula? This book helps a young writer add a sidekick, outsider or antagonist to his main character, asks specific questions to define the characters ("How would each character react to someone cutting in line in front of him?") and even outlines steps to make a joke. Roche's book would make a great textbook for a 6th or 7th grade class. My 11-year-old loves it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Bigelow on August 21, 2012
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I'm nearly 30 years old and I bought this because I love any extra tips I can find on creating comic strips. There are surprisingly few books that cover ACTUAL comic strip making. Many focus on things like comic books, or manga. Or worse, many of the Christopher Hart books tend to just be "How to copy my art" drawing books disguised as "how to make a comic strip" book. I found this one to be perfect. Full of great information, presented in a fun and clear way. As a 10 year veteran of comic strip making now, I found much of the content to be redundant, but there were still many great tips and it really walks someone who is interested in creating a strip through the entire process. Buy this book and give it to the comic fan in your life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Sheppard on April 8, 2007
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I just finished the book and it was great. It starts with the basics and logically takes one thru the creative process of making a comic strip. The combination of Roche's words and pictures drive his ponts home. You really get into the sample strip he creates in the book. I would recommend to any budding artist or cartoonist.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Magmom on December 18, 2010
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We bought this for our grandson who is 8 and requested books on how to draw cartoons. It's just the ticket for him!! I especially like the fact that there is information on plot, characters and such.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Mullins on January 17, 2012
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This product is a great introduction for kids interested in comic books. My 10-yr-old is already a comic book connoisseur, and when she tried to make her own comics, something just wasn't quite right. This product was a boon to her drawing techniques, and a huge boost to her creativity.

This product is great for any age, but I have seen first-hand how just a little instruction and encouragement along with a nudge in the right direction, can cause the imagination of a child to literally bloom.

I highly recommend this product to anyone with a budding artist to nurture, or anyone with an interest in learning how to design your own comic book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nomadagain on July 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My son just turned 11 this week. He likes to write his own comic strips and loves jokes. We saw this book at the library yesterday and he hasn't put it down since. He has already drawn several of the characters and made up a few of his own. He is outlining all of the characters for his own comic strip. I went on Amazon to purchase this book for my son so that he could have a copy of his own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark T on February 14, 2013
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I liked this so much I bought a couple to donate to my local schools. They're not kidding when they say "start to finish", they do show you step-by-step. The books by Bruce Blitz are also excellent, but probably better for someone who already has some inclination to draw. This is good for raw beginners who need some encouragement, it's really an easy introduction.
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