Recommended Reads - Graphic Novel Writing

Ever thought about writing your own graphic novels? This selection of books may help set you on the path!

Stan Lee’s Master Class: Lessons in Drawing, World-Building, Storytelling, Manga, and Digital Comics from the Legendary Co-Creator of Spider-Man, The Avengers, and The Incredible Hulk

by Stan Lee

Focusing on topics like anatomy, perspective, and character design, as well as brand new topics like manga art styles, digital art, and more, Stan Lee's Master Class is the next step for those looking to perfect their superhero rendering and create fantastic worlds perfect for today's modern comic book audience. With examples from his classic collaborations at Marvel Comics and from today's top comics artists, Lee builds on concepts only touched upon in his previous instructional offerings and provides a pathway for aspiring artists to bring their comic book artwork to professional-quality levels.

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Words for Pictures: The Art and Business of Writing Comics and Graphic Novels

by Brian Michael Bendis

Arguably the most popular writer in modern comics, Brian Michael Bendis shares the tools and techniques he uses to create some of the most popular comic book and graphic novel stories of all time. Words for Pictures provides a fantastic opportunity for readers to learn from a creator at the very top of his field. Bendis's step-by-step lessons teach comics writing hopefuls everything they'll need to take their ideas from script to dynamic sequential art. The book's complete coverage exposes the most effective methods for crafting comic scripts, showcases insights from Bendis's fellow creators, reveals business secrets all would-be comics writers must know, and challenges readers with exercises to jumpstart their own graphic novel writing success.

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The Art of the Graphic Memoir: Tell Your Story, Change Your Life

by Tom Hart

A poignant and instructive guide for all aspiring graphic memoirists detailing the tenets of artistry and story-telling inherent in the medium. Hart examines what makes a graphic memoir great, and shows you how to do it. With two dozen professional examples and a deep-dive into his own story, Hart encourages readers to hone their signature style in the best way to represent their journeys on the page. With clear examples and visual aids, The Art of the Graphic Memoir is emotive, creative, and accessible.

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You Can Do a Graphic Novel

by Barbara Slate

Get that story out of your head and onto paper! Written in the form of a graphic novel itself, the book covers all the components and shows readers how to-

Find their own drawing style regardless of ability. Create memorable characters, compelling plots and subplots, and engaging dialog. Traverse the graphic novel business.

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The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Creating a Graphic Novel

by Nat Gertler

The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Creating a Graphic Novel, Second Edition is a clear, step-by-step guide to creating a graphic novel from beginning to end-from developing a concept to getting it to readers. It begins with planning, plot, and dialog; moves on to pencil drawing, inking, and adding text and colors; and ends with the all-important tasks of publishing and marketing the finished novel. Heavily illustrated, it follows the evolution of an original 8-page story. Along the way, it explains the tools used, demonstrates techniques, and offers professional tricks of the trade.

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The Insider’s Guide to Creating Comics and Graphic Novels

by Andy Schmidt

Written for upcoming creative stars and comic book enthusiasts, The Insider's Guide to Comics and Graphic Novels covers the entire creative process from beginning to end, from fine-tuning a script to the nuances of camera angles, costume design and lettering. You'll learn not only how to emulate a camera pan, hit 'em with a splash page and shift into slow motion, but also WHEN and WHY to dip into that bag of graphic tricks for maximum impact…expert instruction on every element of the creative process - writing, drawing, inking, coloring, page layout and scene design - and how they all work together.

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Manga Pro Superstar Workshop: How to Create and Sell Comics and Graphic Novels

by Colleen Doran

Since landing her first professional gig at age 15, superstar cartoonist Colleen Doran has accumulated more than 500 credits to her name as an artist, writer and designer. In this book, she shares the firsthand lessons she's learned along the way, giving you a genuine, real-world understanding of how to create polished, publishable manga comics and graphic novels using the same methods the pros use!

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The Making of a Graphic Novel

by Prentis Rollins

Graphic novels are changing the face of media. Now The Making of a Graphic Novel is here to explain the creation of a graphic novel in a way that springs organically from the very concept: It includes an entire new 86-page graphic novel by master of the genre Prentis Rollins. The novel is preceded by Rollins s own clear, straightforward text explaining how to conceive, write, and finally draw, ink, and letter a graphic novel. Tasks are broken down into manageable pieces that can be understood even by beginners. The unique process allows readers to look over the shoulder of an artist as he creates--and then read the final masterwork. The Making of a Graphic Novel is sure to make a sensation among the many admirers of graphic novels, as well as everyone who appreciates fine storytelling and fine art.

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How Comics Work

by Dave Gibbons

This How It's Done series reveals insider hints, tips, and tricks from one of the world's greatest comic creators, all in his own words. The artist behind juggernauts like Watchmen and The Green Lantern , Dave Gibbons is here to teach you scriptwriting , page layouts , lettering , cover designs , and more, with scans of original artwork and rarely seen workings to illustrate his personal creative processes.

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The Art of Comic Book Writing: The Definitive Guide to Outlining, Scripting, and Pitching Your Sequential Art Stories

by Mark Kneece

A practical guide for beginner and advanced comic book writers that outlines the steps needed to successfully craft a story for sequential art.

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