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Incredible Comics with Tom Nguyen: The Ultimate Guide to Creating Kick-ass Comic Art Paperback – 28 Dec 2007

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  • Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: IMPACT Books (28 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581809468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581809466
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.9 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,200,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Tom Nguyen is a full-time freelancer, whose clients include DC, Marvel, Wizard The Comics Magazine, Upper Deck Entertainment and others. He's worked on JLA, X-Men Unlimited, Justice League Elite, JLA-Z, Superman: The Man of Steel, Major Bummer, Aquaman: Secret Files & Origins and Starman: 80-Page Giant among others. www.tomnguyenart.com

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Not only is this book informative and easy to digest, the writing style is so light and informal you forget that you are learning tried and tested secrets that would ordinarily take years of study to know.
I've been a professional artist/designer/cartoonist for nearly 20 years and I'm not too proud to say that I immediately learnt new things reading this book.

Quite simply, it is the best "How to draw comics" book since How to Draw Comics the "Marvel" Way. For a start it is actually created by a seasoned pro, who is well thought of in the industry. He isn't some hack artist who was approached by a publisher to chuck out another "How to draw" book.

All too often in other titles you feel like you're learning from someone who didn't quite cut the mustard and it shows in their accompanying artwork. Not so in this title. It is extremely well illustrated with fantastic examples of how to approach different comic book subjects and also how not to draw them along with examples of how your drawing might be going wrong.

I would also recommend this book to those who wouldn't consider comics, comic books or graphic novels as "their sort of thing". From budding caricaturists to seasoned concept artists this title is guaranteed to have at least one gem of knowledge that will make you slap your head with a "well...why didn't I know that?" moment.

I almost feel cheated that this book didn't come out when I was young enough for it to have a serious impact on the trajectory of my career. Here's to the next 30 odd years, being a little bit wiser and trying to stay ahead of the curve of the young blood that will no doubt be positively influenced by this terrific book.

Now, if you could just ignore my gushing review and not buy this book, it would be appreciated. I can do without the competition.
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As an elderly fan of comic book superheroes and part-time comic book creator (last published in 2013, not 2000), it's always fun to scour the bookshelves for new books on how to draw comics and this is, while featuring a rather stylised approach, is undoubtedly one of the best and in the words of another reviewer here, is an excellent update on Stan Lee and Joltin' John Buscema's classic, How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way.

Except Tom Nguyen's Incredible Comics goes a LOT farther than Stan & John's fine book ever did. For starters, HTDCTMW assumes the reader is an intermediate artist. Its own chapters on drawing the figure are concise; the real point of it is that it teaches you how to draw comics THE MARVEL WAY, not DC Comics or "Brand Ecch!" comics, even,

Incredible Comics is 127 pages of in depth instruction, advice and guidance. The author's style is reminiscent of that late 1990s Image Comics style albeit with actual artistic abilities hidden under a heavily exaggerated and overblown style. However, Nguyen's experience and skills are solid and this book comes highly recommended;

Chapters on Gesture drawings, studies of the anatomical differences between Male and female, construction of facial features and musculature (the chapters on back and leg muscles are superb) convey an awful lot of valuable information not covered in other books. Several chapters are devoted to subjects normally glossed over such as varying appearances, ages and builds of your intended comic book art characters, including how to draw clothing other than skintight spandex and so on. In more depth than good old How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way, for example.
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I came across this book by accident, whilst looking up follow-up material to the film Kick Ass
The book has inspired me to get drawing again
Well illustrated, with some great tips - Recommended!
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 19 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall a great book to own but... 30 Dec. 2011
By solo gato - Published on Amazon.com
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This book could have easily been 3 or 4 books. I bought "How to Draw Incredible Comic Book Women" by Tom Nguyen first and I have to say that it was a bit more in depth than this. Don't get me wrong, it's a great book to own but Tom tried to cover too many subjects that just could not be covered in one book alone. For example, foreshortening was discussed in one tiny space in the entire book. This is a pretty important subject in comics as it's used in almost every panel to create action in the comic book world!

I would ignore the people who complained about his joking or lack of professionalism. It's written in a way that's easy to understand and down to earth. Tom comes off as a regular Joe that knows his stuff. He tries to make the reader feel that art should be fun. It reminded me of "How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way" by Stan Lee and John Buscema. If that book annoyed you, don't buy "Incredible Comics".

While reading it, I was pleasantly surprised to see women and men drawn by "an artist" then, in the next panel Tom would discuss all his/her short comings. He would present his rendition of the same subject, in a similar pose, and finally discuss what and what not to do. The differences were huge!

It certainly does try to show you comic book basics and the pitfalls of other less informed artists. Unlike other books, where the artist seems to be more about showcasing his drawing skills (look what I can do!) than trying to give you first hand information and instructions on how this or that is done and more importantly, why. Or, the artists that assume you already know anatomy and go from a stick figure to a completed drawing in two panels with no discussion concerning muscle, development, orientation, location, etc...

I'm very happy with the book overall but only give it 4 stars because it left me wanting more.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Art Teacher! Leave Humor Out.... 1 April 2011
By Wells Fargo - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a pretty nice book according to drawing comics in pencil and ink. It has all the basic informations about drawing comics in general. BUT.... something was missing.... It was the COLORING! How do you finish your work without color? It looks black and white, and nearly 90% of people won't read your black/white comics, because people will think it's "unfinished". You have to find "how to color" somewhere here on the internet, unfortunately, because he doesn't explain anything how to COMPLETE your book in coloring.

I can see he was trying to be humorous throughout this book, but he was just flat-out un-funny. He has some sort of an immature humor in here, and sometimes they can be insulting to you as a reader in general. Plus it kinda hurt the book making it seem child-ish. So one point taken down for lame humor, skipping the details in how to color, and bad quality design of each page making them look like they're for ten year olds. I think that's what he was trying to do? I know I'm being pretty brutal, but that's how I felt when I read this book.

What I love about this book is his "Don't" and "Do" category explaining what you should draw and what you should NOT draw. That was definitely a fun read! All his art and explaining how to draw exactly what you want are very good. You won't be disappointed. I guarantee you. The problem is the design of the pages around his drawings, they made this book look like it's only for childeren. That's one flaw in this book including his weird humor. It's just hard to explain.

Again, this is a very good "how to draw comics" book. It will be worth your money to get it. Just beware of weird feeling of "Am I reading a childeren's book?".

Brandon
5.0 out of 5 stars best that there is in teaching 2 Jun. 2013
By Saul Tricoche - Published on Amazon.com
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this is one of the most greater books there is out there of teaching the way to drawing comics hey any book is just like a goo vitamen supplys if you expect this will make magic your wrong you need to practice a lot of what you have been teach by Mr. Nguyen besides you need to practice and take very seriously the teachings an practice them each time for better and rapid; evolution as an comicbook artist ; in the near future Iwould buy Mr. Guyen next book incredible comics Womans
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Comics with Tom Nguyen:The Ultimate Guide to Creating Kick-Ass Comic Art 2 Aug. 2009
By Darryl Stroh - Published on Amazon.com
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Incredible Comics with Tom Nguyen:The Ultimate Guide to Creating Kick-Ass Comic Art is a very direct and informative guide to creating and drawing original comic book art. Mr. Nguyen points out a lot of the common mistakes that most people make when attempting to produce drawings for a strip or comic book. I especially liked the way the book presents the information, that is, in a very direct and no nonsense fashion. A very useful guide for anyone interested in producing comic book style artwork. From how proportions may or may not be exaggerated to layout of the story panels, this book covers it all.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy! 19 Feb. 2014
By Allen Savage - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an awesome find, book in great shape, excellent buy! Will do business with this seller again in the future. Gives good instructions on drawing using this method.
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