From School Library Journal Grade 5 Up?Today's aspiring comic creators are pop-culture savvy in a way that initial readers of Stan Lee's seminal work, How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way(S & S, 1984), were not. Although that book is still the one to beat in terms of technique and readability, this one goes a long way toward closing the gap between the oversimplified and repetitive work of Christopher Hart and the overly technical but extremely useful 'How to Draw Manga' series by Ben Dunn (Antarctic). Indeed, Giarrano's book is comfortably fitted right in the center?plenty of great art advice, striking imagery, and just enough edginess to satisfy most aspiring comic-book artists. However, it's somewhat short on information about how to draft a coherent story, create meaningful characters, and write smart dialogue. Of course, any book on how to create comics must have a strong graphic element to it, and Giarrano is successful from the very first page. With bold colors, crisp lines, and energetic posing, he provides excellent illustrations for all of his techniques. He takes readers from the most basic drawing techniques to complex shading and inking. The bulk of the book is taken up with graphic storytelling techniques that are specific to the comic-book genre. This is Giarrano's strongest area, and the chapters on design, composition, and layout make this book an invaluable addition to any 'how-to-draw' collection. With nods to the currently in vogue Japanese manga technique as well as references to contemporary publishers like Vertigo, Image, and Top Cow, it is also timely. An excellent introduction to comic drawing, composition, and graphic storytelling.?Steev Baker, Kewaskum Public Library, WI Read more About the Author Vincent Giarrano has worked for some of the top comic book publishers in the world, including DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse. His art has appeared in 19 different titles. He lives in Washington Depot, Connecticut. Read more
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