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How to be A Comic Book Artist….Not Just How to Draw

Article by Scott Tingley, March 11, 2007

Or as I like to call it: “Comic Workshop for five bucks ”.

Over the last few months I have been giving literacy based workshops on how to write a comic script and create a comic strip. They have been going very well, but I was a bit worried about whether or not I was teaching the kids the proper way to do it or not. I did a lot of online research (I even went to the bookstore to buy a copy of Scott McCloud's Making Comics , but the bookstore couldn't find their copies), but I still had my doubts. How to be A Comic Book Artist….Not Just How to Draw by Tim Seeley and published by Devil's Due erased those doubts. Seems like I was teaching a lot of the right things after all.

“Veteran DDP staff artist and “eternally on-time” penciler Tim Seeley explains to readers how to be a real comic artist with tips on how to get work done right and on-time!” (from devilsdue.net) Although this one-shot manual does not spend a lot of time on the comic script itself, the book does spend a lot of time on how to properly take that script and turn it into a comic page. The idea that you don't just start with a blank piece of paper and start drawing the “good copy” of the comic page is a hard concept for some budding young comic creators to grasp, but this book clearly states over and over again the steps that one needs to take to create a comic story. Essentially those steps are: script/ rough sketch (thumbnails) / good copy (there is more to it, but you get the idea). I really liked that even though Seely did not go into depth about “storytelling” (using the art to sequentially tell a story) he does give the reader enough tips to get them started.

A lot of the book is good for anyone that might want to take this up as a hobby, and there is plenty of information for someone that wants to be a professional comic artist. It is not, however, intended for younger readers. Although it is printed in a traditional comic format, it is primarily a text with a lot of illustrations. I like that about it, but it would be too much for a lot of younger (middle school) readers. Also, there is some “off color” remarks that are not intended for kids. I don't think you should bring this into your grade 7 class and give it to students, but I think there is a lot of information contained in it that you could share yourself.

You can order it HERE , but your local comic shop may have some in stock.


How to be a Comic Book Artist (Not Just How To Draw)
One Shot
Educational / Humor
32 pgs
Retail Price: $4.99
Ship Date/Month: January
UPC Code: 882142-00141-00101



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