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Adventures in Cartooning: How to Turn Your Doodles Into Comicsby James Sturm
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In this action-packed cartooning adventure, kids will have as much fun making comics as reading them!
Once upon a time . . . a princess tried to make a comic. And with the help of a magical cartooning elf, she learned how - well enough to draw her way out of an encounter with a dangerous dragon, near-death by drowning, and into her very own adventure! Like the princess, young readers will discover that they already have the drawing and writing skills it takes to make a comic - they just need a little know-how. And Adventures in Cartooning supplies just that.
"Created by the Center for Cartoon Studies' director and two of his former students, this how-to-make-comics book for young readers takes a couple of unusual tacks. For one thing, it skips the usual rudiments of how to draw in favor of explaining the formal characteristics of comics: panels, balloons, lettering and so on. For another, it doubles as a story — about a knight on a quest for a bubblegum — chewing dragon, and the magic elf who teaches the knight all about the joy of cartooning. It's a cute premise, and the art's simple, bold brushstrokes and flat colors are zippy and fun. Sturm and company even sneak in a few comics in-jokes (when several characters fall into water, the elf exclaims 'I guess this would be called a SPLASH panel!'). Unfortunately, the plot and the tutorial material repeatedly stumble over each other: the goofy twists in the story occasionally have a bit of instruction shoehorned in, but more often don't serve any educational purpose — or simply seem like the result of stream-of-consciousness jam cartooning. And kids looking for cartooning guidance may be frustrated to find that the book takes its readers' ability to draw expressively for granted." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Jump headfirst into the wild, wacky world of cartooning with a headstrong knight, a cowardly horse, and a magic elf. With this action-packed how-to, kids will have as much fun making comics as reading them. Full color.
About the Author
The three-headed cartooning monster who created this book is: Eisner Award-winning James Sturm, who also founded the Center for Cartoon Studies, and two of his former students, Alexis Frederick-Frost and Andrew Arnold. The three-headed cartooning monster lives in Vermont and New York.
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