Drawing Words and Writing Pictures

Drawing Words and Writing Pictures

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


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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 DW-WP website.

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 226.06 x 299.72 x 22.86mm | 1,338.09g
  • 04 Jul 2008
  • Roaring Brook Press
  • New Milford
  • English
  • 384 colour illustrations
  • 1596431318
  • 9781596431317
  • 52,710

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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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The text, designed for classroom use by teachers or as an individual tutorial, comes with further reading suggestions, homework assignments, and extra credit projects at the end of each lesson ... This book is not designed to teach would-be artists how to draw but how to write and give dimension to drawings through penciling strategies, lettering techniques, and inking with pens or brushes. Students looking to create their own mini comics for publication will welcome the design pointers.--Laura Panter "VOYA "

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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)

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