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Drawing Words and Writing Pictures

Drawing Words and Writing Pictures

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By (author) Jessica Abel, By (author) Matt Madden

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  • Publisher: FIRST SECOND
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 229mm x 305mm x 20mm | 1,229g
  • Publication date: 4 July 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New Milford
  • ISBN 10: 1596431318
  • ISBN 13: 9781596431317
  • Edition statement: S&s Hdcvr.
  • Illustrations note: 384 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 42,116

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"A gold mine of essential information for every aspiring comics artist. Highly recommended." --Scott McCloud "Drawing Words and Writing Pictures" is a course on comic creation - for college classes or for independent study - that centers on storytelling and concludes with making a finished comic. With chapters on lettering, story structure, and panel layout, the fifteen lessons offered - each complete with homework, extra credit activities and supplementary reading suggestions - provide a solid introduction for people interested in making their own comics. Additional resources, lessons, and after-class help are available on the accompanying website, www.dw-wp.com.

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Drawing Words and Writing Pictures was created by comics superstars Jessica Abel and Matt Madden and based on their classes at the School of Visual Arts. Editors of the "Best American Comics" series and creators of a number of groundbreaking graphic novels including "99 Ways to Tell a Story" (by Matt Madden) and "La Perdida" (by Jessica Abel), Abel and Madden are always at the forefront of the comics industry.

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BooklistThe passion for comics is surging worldwide, what with the popularity of manga and graphic novels and memoirs. Abel, whose graphic novels include "La Perdida" (2006) and "Life Sucks" (2008), and Madden, creator of the unusual "99 Ways to Tell a Story" (2005), make learning the art of comics fun and exciting in this exceptionally well designed and friendly how-to. Present on the page as comic figures, Abel and Madden present expertly configured sequences of skill-building exercises and assignments, and encourage both novices whose drawing skills may be minimal but whose story ideas are compelling, and those adept at visual art but shaky on narrative. Numerous examples of comics rendered in a broad spectrum of styles and perspectives, and exploring a wide array of subjects and genres, accompany and reinforce detailed instructions. Lively, sophisticated, and comprehensive, Abel and Madden's course in visual storytelling covers every narrative and graphic element, from drawing figures and character development to panel transitions, composition, lettering, depicting action, and penciling and inking techniques. Technically precise, zippy, and inspiring, this is an outstanding teaching book. -- Donna SeamanReview in KirkusSmartly designed and easy to understand, Abel and Madden's text is an edifying course in creating comics. Comprised of 15 comprehensive lessons, readers are taught the basic elements necessary to conceptualize and produce their own comics. Assuming an audience range from individuals to a group, this pedagogical survey is written to serve a wide array of learners. The authors suggest everything from preferred brands of supplies to types of stretches to alleviate strain. Extensive backmatter, including helpful appendices on such topics as homework critiques, and a considerable bibliography round out the volume. This erudite study should leave its readers with a greater understanding and appreciation of the command one must possess to cre

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Smartly designed and easy to understand, Abel and Madden's text is an edifying course in creating comics. Comprised of 15 comprehensive lessons, readers are taught the basic elements necessary to conceptualize and produce their own comics. Assuming an audience range from individuals to a group, this pedagogical survey is written to serve a wide array of learners. The authors suggest everything from preferred brands of supplies to types of stretches to alleviate strain. Extensive backmatter, including helpful appendices on such topics as homework critiques, and a considerable bibliography round out the volume. This erudite study should leave its readers with a greater understanding and appreciation of the command one must possess to create graphic media. A valuable resource for all interested in the field and a natural companion to Scott McCloud's quintessential texts Understanding Comics and Reinventing Comics. (appendices, index, bibliography) (Nonfiction. YA & adult) (Kirkus Reviews)