Drawing Words and Writing Pictures: Making Comics: Manga, Graphic Novels, and Beyond Info

Download or Read Online latest releases, and browse our best picks for the best graphic and comics novels of the year. Find Answers and Reviews on Drawing Words and Writing Pictures: Making Comics: Manga, Graphic Novels, and Beyond by Jessica Abel,Matt Madden Read&Download Drawing Words and Writing Pictures: Making Comics: Manga, Graphic Novels, and Beyond by Jessica Abel,Matt Madden Online Author:Jessica Abel,Matt Madden Formats:Paperback,Library Binding Publication Date:Jun 10, 2008 Ratings: 4.49 of 1797


"A gold mine of essential information for every aspiring
comics artist. Highly recommended." --Scott McCloud

Drawing
Words and Writing Pictures
is a course on comic creation – for
college classes or for independent study – that centers on storytelling
and concludes with making a finished comic. With chapters on lettering,
story structure, and panel layout, the fifteen lessons offered – each
complete with homework, extra credit activities and supplementary
reading suggestions – provide a solid introduction for people interested
in making their own comics. Additional resources, lessons, and
after-class help are available on the DW-WP website.


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Reviews for Drawing Words and Writing Pictures: Making Comics: Manga, Graphic Novels, and Beyond:

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Nov 03, 2018

This is actually incredibly insightful with short lesson/information section followed by exercises for both groups and individuals without critique/collaborative feedback partners. If you don't have the resources or opportunity to take an art class then this is a fantastic substitute. It addresses everything an interested comic book artist could want from materials to layout to narrative to technique. I am legit impressed. Granted this isn't my particular cup of art, hence why I'm reading This is actually incredibly insightful with short lesson/information section followed by exercises for both groups and individuals without critique/collaborative feedback partners. If you don't have the resources or opportunity to take an art class then this is a fantastic substitute. It addresses everything an interested comic book artist could want from materials to layout to narrative to technique. I am legit impressed. Granted this isn't my particular cup of art, hence why I'm reading it--can't help it, I'm naturally curious. I would buy this for an emerging drawing artist as a resource. ...more
5

Jun 30, 2012

Reading this book from the library led me to one conclusion- I need to buy this book. There is just far too much useful material in it for me to digest in the period of a library loan. The book is set up like a course on drawing and writing comics - and I would love to be able to have my own copy so that I can follow that course and do all the exercises.

Definitely on my To Purchase list.

It's very well written and gives plenty of examples and exercises. There are even supplemental materials Reading this book from the library led me to one conclusion- I need to buy this book. There is just far too much useful material in it for me to digest in the period of a library loan. The book is set up like a course on drawing and writing comics - and I would love to be able to have my own copy so that I can follow that course and do all the exercises.

Definitely on my To Purchase list.

It's very well written and gives plenty of examples and exercises. There are even supplemental materials available for free on the book's website. It takes into account comic artists of all skill levels - even people who just draw stick figures can benefit from this book if they want to learn to make comics.

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Feb 02, 2010


(More pictures at parkablogs.com)

Drawing Words and Writing Pictures is more of a course that a book on drawing comics. The authors Jessica Abel and Matt Madden, both comic artists and teachers, have designed the book to follow a 15-week semester. It's easy to follow and each lesson builds on the previous.

The course is comprehensive and covers everything from paneling, storytelling, transitions, lettering, inking, character development, etc. Basically every form of education you need to create
(More pictures at parkablogs.com)

Drawing Words and Writing Pictures is more of a course that a book on drawing comics. The authors Jessica Abel and Matt Madden, both comic artists and teachers, have designed the book to follow a 15-week semester. It's easy to follow and each lesson builds on the previous.

The course is comprehensive and covers everything from paneling, storytelling, transitions, lettering, inking, character development, etc. Basically every form of education you need to create your own comic.

Each lesson has plenty of illustrated examples from the authors and other artists like Craig Thompson, Osamu Tezuka, Paul Pope, etc. You're exposed to many styles, genre and ways of creating comics. The instructions are so clear it's almost like hand holding, but of course you still have to do all the hard work. And the lessons end with homework so you can actually practice what was taught — practical.

This is a really helpful guide on drawing comics. Highly recommended to aspiring comic artists. Well worth the price.

This is as close as it can get to attending a real comics drawing class. ...more
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Feb 08, 2011

Wow. This book is so definitive that it's easy to get bogged down. Great resource, but if I relied on just this, I"d lose my mind and stop drawing comics altogether. More of a reference book than a how-to, at least for me.

I guess I do things the easy way -- pack of markers, regular office paper folded up, and a scanner! But it's nice to know all the "real" ways out there, too, and the examples and other tips are helpful.
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Jan 09, 2019

This book was brilliant! Perfect for beginners!
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May 16, 2011

Written as a comic textbook. I will give it the designation of graphic novel bible. They also have a website that supports the book. It's written for classes, groups, and those working alone. Very supportive and you will learn tons! Jessica and I would argue over the term graphic novel. I like it; she likes the term "comics."
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Aug 03, 2015

Great resource. Checked it out of my local library, and found it useful enough to warrant purchasing a copy.
4

Aug 08, 2009

An extensive instruction book on the art of making comics. This would be a great textbook for a class, but perfect for the independent learner. Each lesson includes a homework assignment, a bibliography, and practice activities. This is an excellent tool for comic artists.
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Feb 05, 2013

This book is an engaging and concise read. It really showed me a lot of technical and stylistic parts of making comics I couldn't find elsewhere. Very good for people like me who want to draw a comic but don't know how to start.
4

Jul 27, 2011

Instuctive and informative filled with exercises, assignments, and ideas to really get one into the habit of designing a comic strip. Written in a 15 section lesson plan just like an intro class to graphic novels would be set up like.
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Feb 27, 2013

I checked this out at my university library because I am working on a comic book with a friend and it never hurts to brush up on things. It was detailed and thorough; everything you need to know if you have an idea for a comic book and you do not know where to start.
5

Jul 01, 2008

gave a teen book talk on this one for an interview - pretty sweet - acknowledges that people like to work alone, and that people like to work in groups. excellent illustrations, pragmatic information.
5

May 23, 2011

Written as a graphic novel textbook. I will give it the designation of graphic novel bible. They also have a website that supports the book. It's written for classes, groups, and those working alone. Very supportive and you will learn tons!
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Jul 07, 2014

My husband brought this home from work (he works at an art college) and it was riveting. Even though I'm not an artist, I found the technical elements of how a comic is produced fascinating and enlightening--it helped me see the medium in a different way. I imagine that if you're an artist, you'll get even more out of it.
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Jul 11, 2013

The deceptively simple subtitle (a definitive course from concept to comic in fifteen lessons) doesn't begin to reflect the detailed, comprehensive, sequential, and professional instructs ions in this self-instruction course in comic creations. it seems to me (a non-artist) that Tis book could be a master course for someone to achieve his/her dreams.
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Apr 14, 2012

This book provides lessons for turning an idea into an actual comic strip and/or comic book. Basically a classroom in book and includes lessons and assignments.

This is a good resource for those looking to learn comics and includes important elements that are missing in many how-to-draw books.

Notes
Covers many technical aspects to drawing and has additional info on the web. Bonus!

Learning Curve
Low: Good for beginners

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Jan 08, 2009

This is a must read for comic creators along side Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics. As far as I can tell, it's pretty much a massive reference book chock full of useful technical tips, techniques, tool use/missuse, and general comics/manga theory with examples from a host of recent manga and comics creators from all over the industry.

Very useful.
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Jun 14, 2013

The other reviewers pointed out how this is a good instruction book, and it is. My main beef with this, though? The fact that, to add a spot color (for emphasis and captions, and so on) is a great idea, but don't make that color bright and light. THey used a light orange for the color, and it makes it VERY difficult to make out words and concepts. They do a better job in the follow up book with dark purple, but this color choice was FAIL.
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Apr 23, 2009

Drawing Words & Writing Pictures is a formal and disciplined textbook for a 15-week college course in creating comics, including homework, and with ample guidelines for DIYers as well. The authors teach cartooning at the School of Visual Arts in NYC, and this book is clearly the result of many hours in the classroom: DW&WP is the best single-volume pragmatic guide on making comics available and, like Scott McClouds Understanding Comics, it makes an equally engaging and illuminating read Drawing Words & Writing Pictures is a formal and disciplined textbook for a 15-week college course in creating comics, including homework, and with ample guidelines for DIYers as well. The authors teach cartooning at the School of Visual Arts in NYC, and this book is clearly the result of many hours in the classroom: DW&WP is the best single-volume pragmatic guide on making comics available and, like Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics, it makes an equally engaging and illuminating read for people who don’t want to be cartoonists themselves.
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Oct 23, 2008

This would be a wonderful tool if I were a beginning artist and a perfect textbook for the class I always wanted to take. But I am just a lowly writer, and this had little for me. It talked about storytelling from an artistic perspective, as in moving from panel to panel, but made no mention of writing as anything separate from the art and no mention of collaboration between writers and artists.

I didn't exactly read it cover to cover (don't really need to know how to care for brushes and such), This would be a wonderful tool if I were a beginning artist and a perfect textbook for the class I always wanted to take. But I am just a lowly writer, and this had little for me. It talked about storytelling from an artistic perspective, as in moving from panel to panel, but made no mention of writing as anything separate from the art and no mention of collaboration between writers and artists.

I didn't exactly read it cover to cover (don't really need to know how to care for brushes and such), but it's obvious there would be much more to gain from it in a classroom setting. So 5 stars in that context and for anyone who isn't me. ...more
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Feb 20, 2015

Filling the void in formal comic book education, Drawing Words and Writing Pictures is intended to be a text book for a group (or individuals) to follow over 15 weeks (either with or without a lead instructor). If you read the suggested reading and do every exercise in this book as rigorously as if you were taking a class at school, you will come out the other side a better artist/writer. And you will have in your hands at minimum a mini-comic's worth of material to (self-)publish. The book is Filling the void in formal comic book education, Drawing Words and Writing Pictures is intended to be a text book for a group (or individuals) to follow over 15 weeks (either with or without a lead instructor). If you read the suggested reading and do every exercise in this book as rigorously as if you were taking a class at school, you will come out the other side a better artist/writer. And you will have in your hands at minimum a mini-comic's worth of material to (self-)publish. The book is not as in-depth in analysis as Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics, but it's way more practical, explaining the steps you need to take to turn an idea into a finished comic book in your hand. ...more
4

Aug 09, 2013

I've bought just about all the "How To Draw Comics" type books out there, and they are mostly pretty mediocre. They have some good info in them, but leave many more questions unanswered. This is definitely the best of the bunch, especially since it talks about much more than just the drawing part of comic creation. Panel design, inking, lettering, etc. is all in here. The presentation and writing style is nice and it flows well.

The only real complaints I have about this book, were mentioned by I've bought just about all the "How To Draw Comics" type books out there, and they are mostly pretty mediocre. They have some good info in them, but leave many more questions unanswered. This is definitely the best of the bunch, especially since it talks about much more than just the drawing part of comic creation. Panel design, inking, lettering, etc. is all in here. The presentation and writing style is nice and it flows well.

The only real complaints I have about this book, were mentioned by one of the other reviewers, and I have to agree: 1) there is a LOT of wasted space in this book, where the print and/or pictures take up like half or 2/3 of the page. And 2) the type face is a little small. This wouldn't be such a problem if the books dimensions didn't make it a little unwieldy and big. So, the impressive page count isn't as impressive as I previously thought. If they fixed those two problems, I'd most likely give it 5 stars.

Problems aside, this is definitely not a book you want to pass on. Check it out and I'm sure you'll be pleased ...more
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Jan 20, 2009

Drawing Words and Writing Pictures can be a guide or a course on how to draw, write, illustrate, create, etc. your own comic book. It is for any kind of comic lover: Superhero, manga, or personal artistic visionwhat I call a graphic novel, but I know others dont agree with that label. The introduction is done as a comic, but also as text, for an alternate way of looking at it. There is also a website that goes along with it where they encourage students to scan in and upload their work to show Drawing Words and Writing Pictures can be a guide or a course on how to draw, write, illustrate, create, etc. your own comic book. It is for any kind of comic lover: Superhero, manga, or personal artistic vision—what I call a graphic novel, but I know others don’t agree with that label. The introduction is done as a comic, but also as text, for an alternate way of looking at it. There is also a website that goes along with it where they encourage students to scan in and upload their work to show the world. There are also teaching guides for instructors and summaries of all the chapters for students, and the book encourages use in the classroom. They suggest creating a group if you are not a student although they also have special instructions if you are a Ronin (want to work at your own pace, on your own).

There is an organizational guide for the book as well, and each chapter has suggestions for further reading. There are examples from existing comics and web comics, exercises and information. There is a lot of text, but reading the comics on the page makes you want to know why they were chosen, so it encourages you to read everything. Everything is very encouraging and fun.

I would definitely recommend this book to any older teen or adult interested in learning to draw comics, or any instructor looking for a guide or resource. It is very organized and linear, so a more “artistic mind” might have a hard time sticking to it. If I wanted to try drawing my own comic, I would probably use this book.

Jessi ...more
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Jan 02, 2009

Drawing Words and Writing Pictures can be a guide or a course on how to draw, write, illustrate, create, etc. your own comic book. It is for any kind of comic lover: Superhero, manga, or personal artistic visionwhat I call a graphic novel, but I know others dont agree with that label. The introduction is done as a comic, but also as text, for an alternate way of looking at it. There is also a website that goes along with it where they encourage students to scan in and upload their work to show Drawing Words and Writing Pictures can be a guide or a course on how to draw, write, illustrate, create, etc. your own comic book. It is for any kind of comic lover: Superhero, manga, or personal artistic vision—what I call a graphic novel, but I know others don’t agree with that label. The introduction is done as a comic, but also as text, for an alternate way of looking at it. There is also a website that goes along with it where they encourage students to scan in and upload their work to show the world. There are also teaching guides for instructors and summaries of all the chapters for students, and the book encourages use in the classroom. They suggest creating a group if you are not a student although they also have special instructions if you are a Ronin (want to work at your own pace, on your own).

There is an organizational guide for the book as well, and each chapter has suggestions for further reading. There are examples from existing comics and web comics, exercises and information. There is a lot of text, but reading the comics on the page makes you want to know why they were chosen, so it encourages you to read everything. Everything is very encouraging and fun.

I would definitely recommend this book to any older teen or adult interested in learning to draw comics, or any instructor looking for a guide or resource. It is very organized and linear, so a more “artistic mind” might have a hard time sticking to it. If I wanted to try drawing my own comic, I would probably use this book.
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Feb 03, 2009

This is basically a text book for learning how to draw comics.

And it's a damn fine one.

I've always liked to read 'how to' books, even when I already know how to do something. You can never know everything and a good 'how to' book should always teach you something new. This book is a very good 'how to' book. The practice sessions look sensible and effective (even though I haven't done any of them and only plan on trying out a few). The history and theory of comics is solid. The sections on how to This is basically a text book for learning how to draw comics.

And it's a damn fine one.

I've always liked to read 'how to' books, even when I already know how to do something. You can never know everything and a good 'how to' book should always teach you something new. This book is a very good 'how to' book. The practice sessions look sensible and effective (even though I haven't done any of them and only plan on trying out a few). The history and theory of comics is solid. The sections on how to construct comics and comic stories was a stand out. And the section on tools, for me, was a real eye-opener. I can't wait to go try out various nibs!

A damn fine primer to anyone who wants to make a comic, or even to those who feel like they already know how to make a comic.

My only concern - and this has little to do with the book - is that comics are slowly being taught in colleges and universities. This scares me, since professionalization, in the U.S., seems to creep into every profession, even (or esp.) professions that do NOT need to be accredited. Since the 60s, the comic world has remained remarkably free-wheeling, with creators coming from every walk of life, their only connection a dorky love of comics. But the time will come where a MFA in comics will be necessary in order to get a book deal, much as an MFA from Yale, CalArts, or Columbia is practically required in order to get a show from a decent gallery. This type of professionalization, I believe, has had dire and devastating effects on the art world and will have dire and devastating effects on the comic world. I love school, and I love text books like Drawing Words & Painting Pictures but I hope the stranglehold of college accreditation doesn't take the comics world by the neck, as it has the art world. ...more

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