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How to Draw and Sell....Comic Strips.... For Newspapers and Comic Books Hardcover – August, 1987


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YA A book full of illustrations which show students how to draw action poses, capture facial expressions, de velop a comic story line, break it into panels, create appropriate layout, and understand application and presenta tion. This three-part book begins with a history of comics and looks at examples from around the world. The middle sec tion is the most useful for YAs, as it explains the creative process needed to master the comic format. The third sec tion equips students to publish their products. Many high-school students are fascinated by drawing and reading comics; this title will undoubtedly be a big hit. Jane Sermas, Episcopal High School, Bellaire
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; First Edition edition (August 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891342141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891342144
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,406,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blue Herion on July 14, 2014
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LOVE this book! It talks about the tools of the trade, techniques for using a dip pen or brush ( which I loved!!), goes into the history of comics, how Europe's style differs from the U.S., shows examples of artwork, and of course how to self publish. It is an older text but by far my favorite out of all the many books I've read on the subject.
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If you're into the history and art of comic strips, this book is still right on target. You'll have clear instructions by Alan McKenzie along with 180 illustrations, some of them full-pagers. These come from some well-known artists and writers. Of course, the author himself is among the tops. He spent his early career days with the British edition of MAD magazine, producing "House of Horrors" strips. Then he went on to Marvel Comics, producing a comic strip called DOCTOR WHO. He's also written and illustrated books and hundreds of articles on his art.

The book covers a history of comics around the world. Then a section on "Mastering the Comic Strip"--the basics elements, story, pencil and ink, lettering and more. How do you find a market for your work? There's a section on that, even on how to start your own magazine. Today, you can likely use that instruction to produce YouTube videos and similar.

Whether you're a comic-strip artist or just a long-time reader of that genre as I am, this book works quite well.
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4 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 1999
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I loved it it was exalnt
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