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Yap, good book...to the BEGINNER-beginner
on August 2, 2008
Reading all the praise here, I was pretty anxious to receive this book, EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT CARTOONING BUT WERE AFRAID TO DRAW. I expected to get inspired and learn techniques in writing and drawing I had not perhaps even considered before. In this respect, I must admit I was somewhat disappointed. I had not read for long before I realized that what this book had to offer would not be of much use to me, as much of it felt quite obvious; not without relevance, certainly, but I didn't purchase this book to be told that "monsters get more effective if colorized green," or to study the contrast between a happy face and a sad face. Also, the drawings used to represent the points in the text, though undeniably very competently done, seem quite stereotypical to me. Of course, it would be a mistake to expect a book to do the process of creating a good strip for me, but in a book of this kind I find it of invaluable importance that the author is able to really inspire the reader to go ahead and make something good.
However, if you have just discovered that you got a knack for drawing and want to try it out as a cartoonist, but need guidance in the (very) basic rules and techniques, this seems to me to be a pretty good book. However, if you are into cartooning already, I'd rather recommend Will Eisner's book GRAPHIC STORYTELLING AND VISUAL NARRATIVE.