- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; 3rd edition (26 Aug. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184576076X
- ISBN-13: 978-1845760762
- Package Dimensions: 27.8 x 21.4 x 1.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,318,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
How to Draw and Sell Comic Strips Paperback – 26 Aug 2005
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THE DEFINITVE GUIDE TO CREATING COMIC STRIPS - AND GETTING THEM PUBLISHED! This book will teach you not only how to master the art of creating exciting comic strips, but also how to get them published. Writer Alan McKenzie and other professional comic strip artists share their inside trade secrets, including:;What equipment to buy;How to write a script and break it down into panels;How to draw the human figure in convincing poses;Pencilling, inking, lettering and colouring processes (including computer colouring);How to present and pitch your work to publishers A special appendix of US and UK comic publishers and syndicates, complete with addresses, gives you all the contacts you need to get started.
About the Author
Alan McKenzie is an industry professional with over 20 years experience in creating comic strips. He started his comics career at Top Sellers, and then moved to Marvel Comics, where he edited the SF magazines, Starburst and Doctor Who. He then became a contributing editor at 2000AD, also writing the Judge Dredd strip in the Daily Star. He now works for the BBC Web Design team.
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Contrary to "A Reader's" assertions, "How to Draw and Sell Comics" does cover drawing, but it also spends some time on the vital aspect of storytelling, inking techniques, lettering techniques and colouring techniques. Too many aspiring comic strip artists spend all their efforts on the mechanics of pencilling without thinking about the story they're telling. "How to Draw and Sell Comics" attempts to give the reader a balanced and comprehensive tuition in the entire comic-making process.
The new edition - due out early next year - will also include more extensive coverage of creating comics digitally.
By all means criticise my work for the quality of the writing, for the subject matter covered or even for the spelling - but don't criticise the book for not being "How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way" ...
As a kid I'd already read tons of `how to draw' books but this one put me on the right track.
I've found that with some so called "how to" books they're often made by people out to make a quick buck, or they fall into the category of "if you cant do; teach."
Not here, this books the real deal.
Beautifully laid out and easy to follow with real advice that will help the budding artist or comic writer. The step by step process from script to final inked page of a short story about a samurai bodyguard was a highlight.
Also not only did it contain great tips and techniques it was full of inspirational artwork from some of the best artists in the medium.
Two years after discovering this book I was getting my work published.
I now work as a Cartoonist/ Graphic Artist and I owe a debt of gratitude to Alan McKenzie for writing this book.
I understand there is an updated version due out. I will definitely be purchasing a copy as sadly the version I originally read was stolen from my public library some years ago.
I look forward to reacquainting myself with this great book
Overall, this is a great book for someone who wants an overview on how to make their own comics.