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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: First Second; 1 edition (June 10 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596431318
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596431317
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 1.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Seaman Booklist)

Smartly designed and easy to understand, Abel and Madden's text is an edifying course in creating comics ... 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)

Comics are increasingly appreciated as complex, sophisticated blends of illustration and text, and this volume is a timely, in-depth examination of the format. This exhaustively comprehensive guide to creating comics features fifteen individual lessons that take readers from concept to finished product ... Serious readers seeking information will be drawn by the witty, informal tone and casual narrative voice as much as the impeccably designed and accessible lessons. (BCCB)

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)

About the Author

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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Some of you are into manga, others are into the underground comix of the 1960s, and still others are into film or video games, but you are all here to learn how to make this thing we call comics. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Feb. 2 2010
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Drawing Words and Writing Pictures is more of a course that a book on drawing comics. The authors Jessica Abel and Matt Madden, both comic artists and teachers, have designed the book to follow a 15-week semester. It's easy to follow and each lesson builds on the previous.

The course is comprehensive and covers everything from paneling, storytelling, transitions, lettering, inking, character development, etc. Basically every form of education you need to create your own comic.

Each lesson has plenty of illustrated examples from the authors and other artists like Craig Thompson, Osamu Tezuka, Paul Pope, etc. You're exposed to many styles, genre and ways of creating comics. The instructions are so clear it's almost like hand holding, but of course you still have to do all the hard work. And the lessons end with homework so you can actually practice what was taught ' practical.

This is a really helpful guide on drawing comics. Highly recommended to aspiring comic artists. Well worth the price.

This is as close as it can get to attending a real comics drawing class.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Silvayn Troy on May 21 2009
Format: Paperback
This is the best for for anyone who wants to learn to create comic books, mangas and graphic novels. This book covers everything you need to know even if you're not good at drawing. Beginners and experts who wants to learn this art in a professional way, this is the book for you.
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This book is all about tapping into your creativity where comic books are concerned. It's all set up by lessons and assignments for you to either do as if the book is your teacher OR you can use it if teaching a group of people how to create comic books and graphic novels. It's exactly what I needed to find and to follow to get my procrastinating behind in gear. :)
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A book that gives good exercises with great examples on making comics. There are listed links to on-line references and tips to to making your on comic making club. Most interested in making comics would get value from this book. The authors also have a working web site where you can contact them [...]
Recommended!
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By lightspeedchick on Jan. 20 2013
Format: Paperback
A solid, serious course in comicbook production. Generous bibliographies, exercises and online expansions of lessons. Highly recommended.

The one big issue: the odd choice of a landscape format makes this book quite unwieldy to work with. The content is spot on, but the format hinders accessibility.
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