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8-Hour Comic Book Day

8-Hour Comic Book Day is fast approaching on June 22. If you want to up your drawing skills before the big day (or even after), check out some of these titles. There's everything here from classic comic drawing techniques to kawaii manga guides (if you can stand the cuteness). For a start-to-finish series of online lessons, check out the Lynda.com class Design a Comic Book, free to access using your library card.

Check out some of the artwork from previous Comic Book Days at the Library.

2017 8-Hour Comic Book Day

MCPL 12 Hour Comic Book Day 2015

MCPL 9-Hour Comic Book Day 2014

MCPL 12 Hour Comic Book Day 2013

MCPL 12 Hour Comic Book Day 2012

MCPL 12 Hour Comic Book Day 2011



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Paula G. O.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Creating a Graphic Novel

Nat Gertler
(Adult Nonfiction - 741.5 Ger)

A guide to the entire process of creating a graphic novel, from the beginning planning stages to the finishing page tweaks.  There are chapters on writing, software, how to get published and promotion.

The DC Comics Guide to Coloring and Lettering Comics

Mark Chiarello
(Adult Nonfiction – 741.5 Ch)

Learn the finer details of coloring and lettering techniques in comics. The book is split into traditional types of hand coloring and lettering, as well as work done with the aid of computers.

Draw Your Own Manga: Beyond the Basics

Haruno Nagatomo
(Adult Nonfiction – 741.5952 Na)

Japanese manga techniques, deciphered in manga-style pages. First published in Japan, with the endorsement of many Japanese manga artists. Includes an interview Shinji Mizushima, a sports manga artist, who gives insights into creating manga.

The Drawing Lesson : A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw

Mark Crilley
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J 741.2 Cri)

A unique twist on drawing books with the story capturing various individual drawing techniques.  The author wanted to create the feel of having an artist mentor for the learning process even when that isn't always possible.

Foundations in Comic Book Art: Fundamental Tools and Techniques for Sequential Artists

John Lowe
(Adult Nonfiction – 741.51 Low)

An in-depth guide to drawing for beginners interested in comics and graphic novels. Chapters included on visual perception, drawing in perspective, the figure, sketching, thumbnails, using ink, and digital design techniques. Detailed exercises help beginning artists work through each chapter.

How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way

Stan Lee
(Adult Nonfiction - 741.5 Lee)

The classic guide to drawing comics by the master, Stan Lee.

Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels

Scott McCloud
(Adult Nonfiction – 741.5 Mcc)

Focusing on the storytelling aspects of comics, McCloud offers advice on choosing which moments to draw, the right distance and angle to view those moments, image style, words that add information, and flow layout. Comic frames illustrate character design, facial expressions, body language, environments, pencil and brush variations, and drawing techniques.—Book News

Listen to this great 99% Invisible podcast: Speech Bubbles: Understanding Comics with Scott McCloud

Manga For the Beginner Kawaii: Everything You Need to Draw the Supercute Characters of Japanese Comics

Christopher Hart
(Adult Nonfiction – 741.51 Har)

Cuteness abounds in this book! Learn to draw kawaii characters, who are intensely cute, simple to draw, and colorfully graphic.

The Master Guide to Drawing Anime: How to Draw Original Characters From Simple Templates

Christopher Hart
(Adult Nonfiction – 741.5952 Har)

A great guide for drawing the most common anime character types—from schoolgirls and boys to bad guys and fantasy creatures—along with step-by-step drawing exercises and templates.

Whoosh!: 250 Ways to Get Motion into Your Drawings

Carlos Gomes Cabral
(Adult Nonfiction – 741.51 Cab)

Tips and tricks to put action into your drawings. Get short explanations along with illustrations of the action.