Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic NovelsBook - 2006
The author of Understanding Comics and Reinventing Comics instructs aspiring cartoonists on the art form's key techniques, sharing concise and accessible guidelines on such principles as capturing the human condition through words and images in a minimalist style. Original. 75,000 first printing.
"Magnificent! The best how-to manual ever published." — Kevin Kelly, Cool Tools
Scott McCloud tore down the wall between high and low culture in 1993 with Understanding Comics, a massive comic book about comics, linking the medium to such diverse fields as media theory, movie criticism, and web design. In Reinventing Comics, McCloud took this to the next level, charting twelve different revolutions in how comics are generated, read, and perceived today. Now, in Making Comics, McCloud focuses his analysis on the art form itself, exploring the creation of comics, from the broadest principles to the sharpest details (like how to accentuate a character's facial muscles in order to form the emotion of disgust rather than the emotion of surprise.) And he does all of it in his inimitable voice and through his cartoon stand–in narrator, mixing dry humor and legitimate instruction. McCloud shows his reader how to master the human condition through word and image in a brilliantly minimalistic way. Both comic book devotees and the uninitiated will marvel at this journey into a once–underappreciated art form.
Focusing on the storytelling aspects of comics, McCloud offers advice on choosing which moments to draw, the right distance and angle to view those moments, image style, words that add information, and flow layout. Comic frames illustrate character design, facial expressions, body language, environments, pencil and brush variations, and drawing techniques. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Presents instructions for aspiring cartoonists on the art form's key techniques, sharing concise and accessible guidelines on such principles as capturing the human condition through words and images in a minimalist style.