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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