From Library Journal
These are two of the most comprehensive and entertaining cartooning books available. Duane Barnhart, a highly successful teacher, syndicated cartoonist, and illustrator, provides interesting bits on cartoon history and step-by-step lessons on human characters, animals, and imaginary beings. The book attempts to engage the student by having cartoon characters do the teaching. This is alternately whimsical and tedious. Hall's book manages to pack far more material in a cleaner format, while still making the reader laugh on every page. Thus, one learns that of 6000 submissions to King Features Syndicate, only three are accepted, and one learns how to make snacks while preparing one of those submissions. Two fine books, but Hall has the edge.
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"Professional cartoonist Barnhart creates a simple 'how to' manual which will be appreciated especially by young people and beginners. Step-by-step instructions on how to create characters provide kids and teachers alike with a whimsical, appealing format and plenty of easily duplicated techniques" -- MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW REVIEWER'S BOOKWATCH, September 1997
"Want another way to play with the young ones...? Cartooning Basics
is a new how-to-draw book, written for kids and adults, by Duane Barnhart, an artist who works in the schools ....Cartooning Basics
starts with the simplest strokes of the pencil and takes the budding cartoonist step-by-step through lessons in cartooning..." -- Romalyn Tillmanm, ARTS RAG Long Beach, CA June,/July, 1997