THE ART OF MAKING COMIC BOOKS by Michael Morgan Pellowski


Age Range: 10 - 13
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 In an entry in the Media Workshop series, Pellowski shows young enthusiasts how to do it like the pros. It's not all superheroes either--Archie, the Simpsons, and animal figures put in appearances; romances, underground comix, humor magazines, and graphic novels receive nods, too. The book opens with a colorful, coherent history of comic books, from the Yellow Kid to Art Spiegelman's Maus and the Ninja Turtles, then charts the process of making a comic book: how writers and editors develop ideas; the roles of pencillers, inkers, and letterers in visual design; preparation of the art; creation of a cover. This is aimed at amateurs, so mass production and marketing techniques are barely mentioned, but the advice on fleshing out characters, arranging panels, creating continuity, etc., comes with specific examples; a light tone makes the whole enterprise less intimidating, more play than work. Aside from pointless full-color photos of teens drawing or reading, the illustrations are generally helpful examples of classic or newly created comic art. A sturdy, how-to companion to Elaine Scott's Funny Papers: Behind the Scenes of the Comics (1993). (glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)

Pub Date: Dec. 18th, 1995
ISBN: 0-8225-2304-3
Page count: 80pp
Publisher: Lerner
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 1995