Thursday, April 23, 2015

Book Review: "Make Comics Like the Pros" by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente

I found this book to be incredibly interesting, even for as a newbie comic reader myself.  I hadn't really given it much thought exactly how comics come into being...  honestly, I just pictured those kids who doodled comics at recess just grown up, still doodling but with bigger and better ideas.

So, yeah, I learned a lot here.  Unfortunately, I only read this in little bits and pieces over a very long time frame (in between school work and the like).  I think I would have preferred to read this in a more focused manner.  I do not intend to create any comics myself, but I read this with the teens of my library in mind - and I think this could be a great place for someone to start if they are seriously considering this as a career choice.

Best part - the authors, comics superstars in their own right, brought in Eisner-Award winning cartoonist Colleen Coover to demonstrate what they are talking about by actually creating a comic right inside this book!  I enjoyed seeing the collaboration process play out...  I mean, how often do you get to see that happen?  Fantastic.

Give this to the teen or adult who is interested in making their own comics.

Make Comics Like The Pros
by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente
Watson Guptill, 2014
152 pages
Source:  Blogging For Books for an honest review


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