Monday, October 1, 2012

Non-Fiction Pick: So You Want To Be a Comic Book Artist?

So, You Want To Be a Comic Book Artist? The Ultimate Guide on How To Break Into Comics!
By Philip Amara
Beyond Words/Aladdin
176 pages

Comic book lovers, part-time doodlers, daydreamers and dreamers, graphic novel fans, and serious young artists will want a copy of this helpful and informative guide to breaking into comic book fame. From the beginning basics of the difference between a comic book and a cartoon, or zines, graphic novels, and manga, steps on how to set up an artist’s studio, the basics needed for comic books including: art supplies, a drawing table or desk, and good lighting, to drawing and inking thecomic panels to beginning a artist’s portfolio, Philip Amaro has hopeful young artists covered.

How do you get your comic noticed? What about the internet? Is there a way to self-publish?

This book also gives insight on how to proceed once your comic is noticed. Just what is a contract anyway? Who owns the rights to my work?

A list of comic publishers, art study websites, links for featured artists, comic book conventions, and art suppliers is included and are likely to be the most dog-eared pages.

The colorful cover with vibrant comic heroes and dialog bubbles is a real eye-catcher and comic panels from featured artists are fun pages and help young readers begin to see the difference in techniques and topics.

So, You Want To Be a Comic Book Artist? Pick up a copy of this amazing new book!

Highly, highly recommended for any budding young artist or comic book lover grades 4-up.

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  1. My graphic novel and "how to draw" readers would love this book.

    Elaine McDonald
    Muncie, IN

  2. Drawing books are popular with upper elementary.

    Betsy Ruffin

  3. My students would love this book!

    Chicago, IL

  4. Budding artist abound at my school. This will be a perfect tool for them.
    Pasadena, TX

  5. Many of my students have been trying their hand at creating comics. Fingers crossed!

    Rochester, NY

  6. My students would love this book. Many are already doodling in comic book style. This book would prove to be a wonderful how-to guide.

    Chatham, VA

  7. My comic/Manga artists would love this.

    Ephrata, PA