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Comics: Easy as ABC!

By: Ivan Brunetti

Filled with activities, Comics: Easy as ABC is a fun way for young readers to effortlessly and playfully start thinking like writers and artists. This simple guide is also aimed at parents, teachers, and librarians: all will enjoy learning the ABCs of this popular and rapidly growing medium. Children kindergarten-age and up are shown how to use basic shapes to make faces, eyes, noses, and design their own characters. Ivan Brunetti’s funny and incisive advice on the language of comics (panels, lettering, balloons, and so much more) naturally leads budding artists and writers into thinking about their characters, settings, and prompts. A section with essential tips on how to read comics with young children rounds out the package. Featuring advice from master cartoonists and star authors— including Geoffrey Hayes, Eleanor Davis, Art Spiegelman, and many others.

About the contributors. Index. Further resources. Selected bibliography. Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9781943145447

JLG Release: Aug 2019


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Comics , Comic book techniques , Drawing techniques , How-to guides

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

This volume distills every major lesson a young doodler, comic book reader, or graphic novel enthusiast would ever need. Brunetti starts slow with a simple adage to “doodle!” and then moves at a quick clip with a new lesson on each page. The inclusion of complex topics such as perspective, scale, and movement emphasizes how rich and nuanced the This volume distills every major lesson a young doodler, comic book reader, or graphic novel enthusiast would ever need. Brunetti starts slow with a simple adage to “doodle!” and then moves at a quick clip with a new lesson on each page. The inclusion of complex topics such as perspective, scale, and movement emphasizes how rich and nuanced the medium is. The lessons become more challenging, inspiring readers to return to the book as their skills progress. Brunetti maintains a jovial tone that will encourage children to pause or skip around as the mood strikes. Artwork and words of wisdom from illustrators such as Jeff Smith (“Bone”), Elise Gravel (“Disgusting Critters”), Neil Gaiman (“Sandman”), and James Sturm (“Adventures in Cartooning”) are interspersed throughout. The “How To Read Comics with Kids” tips may not be groundbreaking to storytime experts but will be invaluable to parents, especially those of the mind-set that a graphic novel isn’t a real book. The further reading and bibliography list other comics or illustration manuals and acknowledge the breadth of work by other greats who paved the way for the comics field. Drawing guides have never been so appealing. A must.

Horn Book

Brunetti, comics educator and cartoonist of TOON titles Wordplay and 3x4, offers a noteworthy and intriguing comics how-to for kids (as well as for parents, teachers, and librarians). Brunetti’s encouraging text (“There is not one right way to draw—the fun is finding your own way”) and approachable illustra-tions serve as the book’ Brunetti, comics educator and cartoonist of TOON titles Wordplay and 3x4, offers a noteworthy and intriguing comics how-to for kids (as well as for parents, teachers, and librarians). Brunetti’s encouraging text (“There is not one right way to draw—the fun is finding your own way”) and approachable illustra-tions serve as the book’s primary content, while frequent sidebars and asides by well-known cartoonists—including Elise Gravel, Art Spiegelman, Liniers, and Roz Chast—add variety, interest, and information. An initial focus on drawing characters (faces, emotions, profiles, body language, animals, etc.) gradually shifts to a survey of broader comics fundamentals (comics language, balloons, lettering, pages and panels, etc.). Some really great tips—such as placing characters’ eyes lower on their faces to make them look younger or writing out a character’s words before drawing a speech balloon—can immediately be incorporated into anyone’s cartooning repertoire. More nuanced concepts, such as story rhythm and finding one’s artistic voice, are mentioned only briefly. Nonetheless, this slim guide is unique in its support of both novice and experienced cartoonists. Substantial back matter comprises adult-centered tips for reading comics with kids, brief contribu-tor biographies, an index, further resources, and a selected bibliography.

Book Details

ISBN

9781943145447

First Release

August 2019

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

741.5

Trim Size

10 1/2" x 7 1/2"

Page Count

56

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.5; Points: 3;

Lexile

Level 740L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Toon Books

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Comics, Comic book techniques, Drawing techniques, How-to guides,

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