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Comic Artist's Photo Reference: Men and Boys Paperback – October 29, 2008

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About the Author

Buddy Scalera, author of IMPACT's top-selling Comic Artist's Photo Reference: People and Poses, is a comic-book writer and publisher who is well connected with artists and others in the comics industry. His writing credits include issues in Marvel Comics' Agent X, Deadpool, Marvel Knights and X-Men series. He is an active self-promoter with marketing, journalism and web experience, who knows his way around the comic-industry news outlets.

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Product Details

  • Series: Comic Artist's Photo Reference
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: IMPACT; 1st edition (October 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600610048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600610042
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,028,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Buddy Scalera is a writer, editor, marketer, and photographer. He is best known for his photo reference books and CD-Roms. Currently he is employed as SVP of Content Strategy and Media at Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide.

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- Colossal Collection of Action Poses & Photo Reference for Comic Artists
- Creating Comics from Start to Finish
- Comic Artist's Photo Reference: Men & Boys
- Comic Artist's Photo Reference: Women & Girls
- Comic Artist's Photo Reference: People & Poses

- Visual Reference for Comic Artists: Vol. 1
- Visual Reference for Comic Artists: Vol. 2
- Visual Reference for Comic Artists: Vol. 3

These CD-ROMs and books are popular among professional and aspiring artists and remain strong sellers at Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, and Borders.

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He's written 150+ published articles on a range of topics including health, politics, government, multimedia, marketing, comic books, games, movies, television and much more.

Credits include The Suburban News, The Ridgewood News, Wizard Magazine, Comic Buyer's Guide, Comics Values Monthly, Collector's Advantage, Scarlet Street, Combo, Spin Magazine Online, Pharmaceutical Voice and others.

For over four years, Scalera also wrote and hosted "ComixVision," a cable-access television show that explained the comic book hobby to mainstream viewers.

At his previous job, Scalera was the original Online Editor for Wizard Entertainment. He was joined by Rus Wooton in developing,,,, and

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kay J on April 5, 2009
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I suppose this sounds a little bit odd - but I was sort of irritated by the misleading title? The youngest model is 18, which I suppose I at 20 would consider a young man rather than a boy. As someone who was illustrating a story that involved a younger boy, I was hoping for some good dynamic reference - of, well, a boy - like the title claimed.

The models range in age otherwise, but not so much in terms of build. It would also have been nice to see a few more for each age group rather than just the one model for each.

I appreciated it because it's definitely a reference for comic artists - lots of cool poses with interesting items; guns, swords, things you don't find in your run of the mill guide. The poses are dynamic and come up often in a typical action-based comic book.

So although I think it could have been better, it would be a lie to say I won't get a lot of good use out of it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Ferguson on April 17, 2009
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I've been a fan of Comic Artists Photo Reference since the beginning and this last edition in the series (this is the 3rd) did not disappoint. The book builds on the previous editions by adding different poses and a few different weapons and themes. And of course, the models are different as well. It follows the format of the earlier editions by providing 4 different sections with a different model in each - ages 18, 25, 37, and 44. The book crackles with energy and provides page after page of dynamic and energetic poses. The models stand out well from the backgrounds and overall the lighting has been done very nicely... sculpting the bodies and making them pop out 3-dimensionally. The accompanying CD is really nice as well and gives you hundreds of photos that you can put on your computer. One of the ways that I utilize this is to to use a slideshow format (in iphoto or any other program) and draw from the model with timed poses. You can work with a book like "The Natural Way to Draw" very easily this way if it's hard to hire a model or attend classes. This book is also really helpful when studying anatomy. I've used George Bridgeman, Burne Hogarth and others and I like to lay this book out next to what I'm studying to help give my studies depth and such. Some reviewers complained about the ages of the models. There's a great book called "Virtual Pose - Children and Teens - that covers this age group very well (although it lacks the dynamic qualities that Scalera is so good at capturing. Until Buddy Scalera does a book on just children (hint, hint:) Virtual Pose might suffice. But regardless, "Men and Boys" is a great book to add to your library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rickey Johnson on November 16, 2008
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This is another fine product from author Buddy Scalera. He included a nice assortment of models and the poses are very useful. Since I've purchased Scalera's previous books, I knew what to expect, and I wasn't disappointed. This book will be used often.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martin Joseph Hennigan on February 15, 2009
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This is a great book for anybody who likes to draw comics.As you illustrate stories youll find this book lacks photos of people doing things besides fighting.However action is the most important part of comic books and so this book is integral.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Rustad on May 6, 2010
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Old time storyboard and comp artists - as well as many illustrators - used to maintain a "scrap file." In case that term is new to you, it meant that they collected photos, tear-sheets and clipped-out pages of magazines to use as reference for illustration assignments. Few artist's can draw a convincing, realistic, image straight from their imagination, so having a handy reference saves much time and frustration. Of course you can stage your own photos as did many famous illustrators, but doing so takes time. Fortunately, Buddy Scalera and his intrepid crew took the time and the result is a stellar collection of carefully staged, and professionally lighted images. Please note that these are not static poses, but artfully composed action images of models leaping, wrestling, fighting, and using weapons. To make the fighting scenes accurate Mr Scalera retained a martial-arts expert. As you might guess, the target audience for book is mainly people drawing for action-oriented comic books or storyboard artists. I have three of these volumes: the other two are Women and Girls, and People and Poses. One final note, these are tasteful books. Mr Scalera had all of the models post in tight-fitting workout clothes. "Tight-fitting" not to please the voyeurs, but to allow the illustrators to capture as much of the musculature as decorum would permit.
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Since I ordered all three books (Men and Boys, Women and Girls, and People and Poses) I have the same opinion on all three based on my use of them. I give all three books 4 stars and here's why:
The books do cover a lot of different poses/situations - fighting, flying, romance, weapons etc. I do feel they cover a good area for an artist but it doesn't cover every situation an artist might dream up(that would be an impossible task). One flaw is (imo) is the lack of some types of shots - for example pics taken from behind the model (regardless of category). Personally I wish the books had front, back, and sides of the main poses, if not for all poses in the books. Which brings me to the next (imo) flaw - the photos in the books are not on the accompanying cd - well not all of them. That should have been a no-brainer, but not having every photo in the books on the cd, (imo) cheapens the value of the package(books and cd) as a whole. I did enjoy the extra pics on the cd that aren't in the book. Those two flaws are the reason for the loss of star.
The big question is though can these books provide any help to an artist at all? Even though these books are showing their years, I believe they can(despite their shortcomings), no matter the skill level. If Mr.Scalera were to release a new series of photo reference books, I hope he would entertain the following insights:
In this day and age forgo the book format entirely. Make the books on DVD only - they are cheaper to produce and can hold a lot more info.
If you do make another book/dvd combo please make sure the dvd has all of the photos from the book.
How about a 360 degree model/pose on the dvd? I don't know how economical it would be for every pose on the disc but the addition of such would help.
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