- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Owlkids (Sept. 15 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1771470038
- ISBN-13: 978-1771470032
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.6 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 222 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #165,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Draw Out the Story: Ten Secrets to Creating Your Own Comics Paperback – Sep 15 2013
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"...this book has all the secrets beginners might need." (Kirkus 2013-07-17)
"The first seven 'secrets' lay a solid groundwork for aspiring creators but what really makes Draw Out the Story exceptional, moving beyond your typical 'how-to-create-comics' guidebook, are the final three chapters that focus on creating meaningful and fun stories through exploration, imagination and "what if?" play.
(Canadian Children's Book News 2014-02-01)
"... although aimed at young adults, its solid advice will benefit aspiring cartoonists and comic makers of all ages and backgrounds." (Children's Bookwatch 2013-10-01)
About the Author
BRIAN McLACHLAN is a regular contributor to OWL Magazine, has numerous freelance clients, and is the comic artist behind the series Princess Planet. His sense of humor puts the "comic" back in "comic book." He lives in Toronto.
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Though it's a book about drawing your own comics, it's more focused on storytelling than actual drawing. As such, this isn't the sort of book you need if you're looking for an instruction manual on drawing in general. But if you're looking to improve your storytelling craft--whether with art or in general--I definitely recommend giving this book a try.
Though it's mainly for young adults, as an adult myself I've gotten many valuable tips from its pages. The activities at the end if each chapter are particularly insightful.
Overall, this book has given me a slew of great ideas for my own writing, and now I'm considering doing storyboards for my own novels.
But this one is really,really good. And it's funny, which means my often-serious son... laughs! when he reads it.
Give it a try -- help your child see the humor all around and convey it visually. The book is good for teaching the "grammar" of comics, and giving your child lots of ideas for practicing. It even discusses pacing and panel size. It's full of helpful tips, including the "magic if." There are lots of pointers and starters given for your artist to see things in new ways. I'm impressed.