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Character Design for Graphic Novels (Character Design Library) Paperback – March 30, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0240809021 ISBN-10: 0240809025 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Character Design Library
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (March 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240809025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240809021
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #785,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steven Withrow is a writer, editor, and the author of 'Toon Art: The Graphic Art of Digital Cartooning' (Watson-Guptill/Ilex Press, 2003) and, with John Barber, 'Webcomics: Tools & Techniques for Digital Cartooning' (Barron's Education Series; Ilex Press, 2005). His comics stories, poems, essays, and other works have appeared in several anthologies and online. A graduate of Emerson College and Roger Williams University, Steven lives in Rhode Island with his wife and daughter.
Alexander Danner writes the ongoing comic, 'Picture Story Theatre' (illustrated by Bill Duncan), which has been published by since 2004. His short comic, 'The Discovery of Spoons,' (illustrated by John Barber) received a Web Cartoonist's Choice Award in 2005, and was later featured prominently in a New York Times article on the burgeoning art of webcomics. In addition to serving on the editorial advisory board of 'The Webcomics Examiner', Alexander also writes for 'Comixpedia', where he recently began a monthly column about writing webcomics. Alexander received his master's degree in writing, literature, and publishing from Emerson College. His comics and other writings can be found through the website Alex is based in the USA.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Bobbett on June 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
The graphic novel continues to fight for its identity as a genre that can provide as much thematic depth and artistic intricacy as any other form of literature. This book obliterates the idea that graphic novels are merely extended comics, lending well-earned scholarly legitimacy to a very young art form.

The book combines essays and case studies that demonstrate the beauty, elasticity, and expressive power of the genre. You won't find much in the way of artistic or drawing instruction, but the index provides tons of other resources for just that. Sometimes the text gets a little laborious, but the analysis is always insightful and inspiring. Plus, the layout is just what a study of graphic novels should be: paneled, colorful, and full of eclectic characters. If you are an aspiring graphic novelist, this belongs in your library.
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