How can we design comics?

With Comic Con India, a celebration of pop culture, back after two years, interest in all things comics is high.

Have you ever wondered how your favorite comic was made? Read these books to learn more:

Framed Ink: Drawing and Composition for Visual Storytellers

Author: Marcos Mateu-Mestre

Read this pageturner to learn how to make your audience “feel” the story. Marcos uses his experiences from the comic book industry and movie studios to provide a system that will help you create awesome storyboards and graphics. The author also explains how to draw and compose a single image, how to compose still shots, and how to draw to ensure continuity between shots. Examples of three different scenarios are taken and this information is applied to them. Marcos also explains visual character development, emotional positions, and how the environmental framework should be developed.

Understanding comics: the invisible art

Author: Scott McCloud

This book takes an in-depth look at the art of comics – its history, technical components, and cultural meanings. As you leaf through this book, you will discover a world of secrets between the various signs, lines and hidden symbols and icons. The book approaches storytelling and visual communication from a different angle. It has been appreciated by luminaries like Art Spiegelman, Matt Groening and Will Eisner.

How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way

Author: Stan Lee and John Buscema

A must-have for Marvel fans, this book provides an in-depth look into the world of comics. Stan Lee, the man who made Marvel what it is, and John Buscema, the artist behind characters like the Silver Surfer, Conan the Barbarian, the Mighty Thor and Spider-Man, came together to write this interesting guide. It delves into tips and information on creating awesome superhero comics. Using examples from Marvel comics, Buscema elaborates on the different methods of comics. Its illustrations and Lee’s commendable wordplay make this book an encyclopedia unto itself.

Comic Book Design: The Essential Guide to Creating Great Comics and Graphic Novels

Author: Gary Spencer Millidge

To create unique and original comics, you need to know a few techniques and rules of the trade. Award-winning comic book creator Millidge seeks to create concept and story designs, character design, background locations, pencil and ink or digital drawing, lettering, layout and grid structure, cover design, among other important topics.

Let’s make comics! An activity book to create, write and draw your own cartoons

Author: Jess Smart Smiley

This book uses an activity book format and creative prompts to teach the basics of comics. Its humorous and informative tone is suitable for all ages and can inspire novice artists to experienced artists. It includes tasks ranging from creating expressions for the characters to creating original characters. Each task works on its own as a lesson or can be combined with others in the book to stimulate his creative process. By the end of the book, one would have created several comics on one’s own and picked up new tips.

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