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Maker Comics: Draw a Comic!

By: J.P. Coovert

The International Comics Library is in a lot of trouble! If Maggie can’t come up with $500,000 in a week, Dr. Carl is going to bulldoze her grandfather’s library and turn it into a parking lot! To save the day, she’ll need all her comic drawing skills, the loyal library watchdog, and her new assistant (that’s you!).

With Draw a Comic!, you'll learn to create and print your own comics books! Follow these simple steps to sketch out your story ideas and ink a comic page. Learn which art supplies are best for drawing comics—you can use a pen, a brush, or even a computer! With the help of photocopy machine, you can even self-publish your own comics and share them with your friends!

Notes on measurements. Tips for scanning. Glossary. Suggestions for further information. Full-color illustrations done in Photoshop.

ISBN: 9781250152114

JLG Release: Jan 2020


Series: Maker Comics
Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Art , Drawing , Comics and graphic novels , Crafting , Art techniques

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A knowledgeable artist, her plucky pooch, and you (yes, you!) save the Comics Library while mastering the medium in this instructional work of graphic nonfiction. Maggie and her anthropomorphic dog, Rex, are reinvigorating the Comics Library in an anytown where you, the reader, have agreed to serve as their assistant. When dastardly developer Dr. C A knowledgeable artist, her plucky pooch, and you (yes, you!) save the Comics Library while mastering the medium in this instructional work of graphic nonfiction. Maggie and her anthropomorphic dog, Rex, are reinvigorating the Comics Library in an anytown where you, the reader, have agreed to serve as their assistant. When dastardly developer Dr. Carl Stephens threatens to replace the library with a parking lot, the protagonists embark on a treasure hunt to save it. Maggie and several local entrepreneurs walk readers through the basics of making comics: scripting, drawing, penciling and inking, and printing. Fans of the publisher’s “Science Comics” will appreciate the “Maker Comics” series, which use simple stories as framing devices for ambitious how-to guides. As a graphic novel attempting to teach kids how to create this very format, the book faces—and clears—an especially high bar. Although Coovert relies on digital tools to craft a volume largely about analog methods, he compensates with his tidy aesthetic; warm palette; diverse, gender-ambiguous cast; and accessible examples. While the narrative isn’t so thin as to feel contrived, it’s easily eclipsed by the step-by-step tutorials at the book’s core, where Coovert’s instructional images and concise text shine. Supplementary materials, including a glossary of comics terminology and a further reading list, round out this clarion call to expertly draw it yourself. An approachable heir to the work of Scott McCloud for a new generation of budding comics artists.

Book Details

ISBN

9781250152114

First Release

January 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

741.5

Trim Size

8" x 6"

Page Count

128

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

First Second

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Art, Drawing, Comics and graphic novels, Crafting, Art techniques,

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