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Character Design Studio: Create Cutting-Edge Cartoon Figures for Comic Books, Computer Games, and Graphic Novels
Chris Patmore
0760758557
March 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Character design art book


Art for Kids: Cartooning : The Only Cartooning Book You'll Ever Need to Be the Artist You've Always Wanted to Be (Art for Kids)

1579906230


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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6 -This how-to guide is a step above the average cartooning instruction book. The glossy, full-color pages are visually attractive. The clean layout with colored borders at the top and bottom of every page and bold text headings directs readers' eyes to the text. Roche's engaging writing style is informative and fun. He encourages youngsters to experiment with tools and techniques and, unlike many other such books, does not ask them to learn or mimic a specific style. His loose, spacious cartooning style is perfect for beginners or kids who might be intimidated by more detail-oriented techniques. While the subtitle may not be completely true, this is a wonderful resource for libraries looking to update their cartooning collections.-Steev Baker, Kewaskum Public Library, WI Copyright © Reed...


How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way
Stan Lee
0671530771
Sept 1984
Paperback
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Book Description
Stan Lee, the Mighty Man from Marvel, and John Buscema, active and adventuresome artist behind the Silver Surfer, Conan the Barbarian, the Mighty Thor and Spider-Man, have collaborated on this comics compendium: an encyclopedia of information for creating your own superhero comic strips. Using artwork from Marvel comics as primary examples, Buscema graphically illustrates the hitherto mysterious methods of comic art. Stan Lee's pithy prose gives able assistance and advice to the apprentice artist. Bursting with Buscema's magnificent illustrations and Lee's laudable word-magic, How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way belongs in the library of every kid who has ever wanted to illustrate his or her own comic strip.

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Bodies & Anatomy
Society for the Study of Manga Technique
4766112385
Dec 2001
Paperback
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The Calvin and Hobbes Lazy Sunday Book: A Collection of Sunday Calvin and Hobbes Cartoons
Bill Watterson
0836218523
January 1989
Paperback
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Book Description
The magical friendship shared by Calvin and his stuffed tiger Hobbes has endeared them to millions of fans in their comic strip appearing in more than 800 newspapers and in millions of books. Now their friendship endures in a full-color collection of Sunday cartoons and original art done for the book, all fit for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Whether visiting other planets as Spaceman Spiff, transmogrifying into a dangerous dinosaur, or just hanging around with Hobbes, Calvin's adventures display a showcase for the masterful art of Bill Watterson. The enlarged format of full-color Sunday illustrations provides more room for all the action and imagination inherent in each Calvin and Hobbes enterprise. Readers will delight in pages enlivened with the bright color images of this precocious pair embroiled in all kinds of...


Creating Characters with Personality: For Film, TV, Animation, Video Games, and Graphic Novels

0823023494


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Book Description
• Character design is the key in many industries—and they’re all covered in this book• Practical step-by-step exercises • Contributors include Glen Keane, Supervising Animator, Disney From Snow White to Shrek, from Fred Flintstone to SpongeBob Square-Pants, the design of a character conveys personality before a single word of dialogue is spoken. Creating Characters with Personality shows artists how to create a distinctive character, then place that character in context with a script, establish hierarchy, and maximize the impact of pose and expression. Practical exercises help readers put everything together to make their new characters sparkle. Lessons from the author, who designed the dragon Mushu (voiced by Eddie Murphy) in Disney’s Mulan—plus big-name experts in...


Anime Mania
Christopher Hart
082300158X
July 2002
Paperback
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From Library Journal
A successful contributor to MAD magazine, the "Blondie" cartoon strip, and various film and TV productions, Hart previously brought us Manga Mania: How To Draw Japanese Comics. In this follow-up, he demonstrates anime, the unique Japanese animation style of heavy shading, dramatic camera angles, and beautifully rendered special effects, most popularly known to U.S. audiences through series like Digimon and Sailor Moon. Based more on character than action, these anime include high-tech cyberpunks and teen characters with troubled relationships, as well as monsters, fantasy warriors, and giant robots. Hart covers storyboarding, sketching, perspective, the basics of animating, and the functioning of an animation studio. Rounding out the book are interviews with two anime directors. Highly recommended for...


Action! Cartooning
Ben Caldwell
0806987391
March 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
The best book on a hot new subject! This jam-packed how-to by a former Marvel Comics cartoonist offers everything a budding artist needs.

Written and illustrated by a former Marvel Comics’ artist with brilliant hand-done images throughout, this graphic handbook of cartooning is without equal. It's simply larger, better illustrated, and more in depth than any similar title on the market. In elaborate detail, it focuses on superheroes and their atmospheric world filled with speed and movement. Every aspect of creating cartoons is taught: the supplies, developing mood, and the techniques that endow characters with personality. See how to draw a variety of faces (female, heroic, cute, gaunt), and give the appearance of age. From the skeleton to the torso, to the arms, hands, and legs, follow every...


Understanding Comics
Scott McCloud
006097625X
April 27, 1994
Paperback
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Amazon.com
A comic book about comic books. McCloud, in an incredibly accessible style, explains the details of how comics work: how they're composed, read and understood. More than just a book about comics, this gets to the heart of how we deal with visual languages in general. "The potential of comics is limitless and exciting!" writes McCloud. This should be required reading for every school teacher. Pulitzer Prize-winner Art Spiegelman says, "The most intelligent comics I've seen in a long time."

-- Will Eisner
"A landmark dissection and intellectual consideration of comics as a valid medium."

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The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker
Robert Mankoff (Editor)
1579123228
January 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
What could be better than a gigantic 656-page collection of 2,004 (get it?) of the best cartoons published in the New Yorker over the last 80 years? Perhaps a double CD set with all 68,647 cartoons ever published in the magazine—complete with a nifty search function that allows readers to search for cartoons by year of publication or by cartoonist's name. This improbably large offering is a bonanza of wry Manhattan-centric comic commentary on urban life and much else in American culture over the years. There's Peter Arno's 1948 ink-and-wash cartoon of a mildly concerned matron, book in hand, asking her newspaper-reading husband, "Is there a Mrs. Kinsey?" Or Peter Steiner's now famous cartoon drawing of two dogs chatting in front of a computer. "On the Internet," says one canine to the other, "nobody knows...


How to Draw the Legend of Zelda (Troll)
Michael Teitelbaum
0439635810
Feb 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
In the best-selling tradition of How to Draw Pokemon, this new title in one of Troll's most popular series teaches heroes and villains, from Link and Princess Zelda to Ganondorf, Tektite, Goron, Lizalfos, and more! --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


The Animator's Survival Kit: A Manual of Methods, Principles, and Formulas for Classical, Computer, Games, Stop Motion, and Internet Animators
Richard Williams
0571202284
January 7, 2002
Paperback
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Review
"Williams is miles ahead of anyone in the world of animation."--The New York Times


Batman
Les Daniels
0811842320
May 2004
Paperback
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Review
These days we devour super-sized meals, ogle strutting supermodels and experiment with superconductivity. But once upon a time there were only superheroes. Murmur their names, and from out of memory's deep emerge lazy summer afternoons spent on covered porches with a bottle of Orange Crush and a bag of Fritos, weekly bike rides to the revolving wire racks in corner drug stores and, of course, our increasingly daring leaps, from picnic tables and brick fireplaces, with an old sheet fluttering from 9-year-old shoulders: "I can fly, I can fly." And we could -- if only during that moment when we flexed our knees and pushed off into the air. Then, for one blissful second, we were commensurate with our dreams.

But, ah, those names, how they thrilled and fed our imaginations: the Flash, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Aqua-Man and...



2006 Cartoons from The New Yorker Box Calendar
Andrews McMeel
0740754130
July 2005
Box Calendar
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The Gashlycrumb Tinies
Edward Gorey
0151003084
October 15, 1997
Hardcover
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Book Review
"A is for Amy who fell down the stairs. B is for Basil assaulted by bears. C is for Clara who wasted away. D is for Desmond thrown out of a sleigh..." The rhyming couplets of this grim abecedarian are familiar, of course, to devotees of macabre humor, but the darkly crosshatched drawings are (as Poe put it) "the soul of the plot." Several years went by during which The Gashlycrumb Tinies: Or, After the Outing was not available in a small hardcover edition like this one, which is the true format for Edward Gorey's specialty, the adult picture book. (For those who wish to share the gloom there's a 10-copy assortment with The Curious Sofa.)

Book Description
A new, small-format edition of one of Gorey’s “dark masterpieces of surreal...


Techniques for Drawing Female Manga Characters
Hikaru Hayashi
476611146X
Feb 2000
Paperback
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The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry
Larry Gonick
0060936770
May 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
A refreshingly humerous but thorough ancillary guide to general chemistry from the author of the bestselling 'The Cartoon Guide to Physics' and 'The Cartoon Guide to Genetics'

About the Author

Larry Gonick has been creating comics that explain history, science, and other big subjects for over thirty years -- he wrote his first guide in 1971: Blood from a Stone: A Cartoon Guide to Tax Reform. He has been a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT and is currently staff cartoonist for Muse magazine.



Comics Crash Course
Vincent Giarrano
1581805330
Sept 2004
Paperback
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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...


The Big Book of Bush Cartoons
Daryl Cagle (Editor)
0789734702
October 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Whether you love George W. Bush or hate him, you'll be able to appreciate The Big Book of Bush Cartoons. Compiled by popular editorial cartoonist Daryl Cagle, this cartoon feast for Bush supporters and detractors features the best Bush cartoons from the entire Bush administration. Some of the moments captured in the cartoons include: Bush and the Environment Bush and 9/11 The War in Iraq Stem Cell Research Bush and his Cabinet Campaign 2004 And more This is a must-have collection for any cartoon fan, political junkie, or anyone who has something to say about George W. Bush.

About the Author
Daryl Cagle is a former president of the National Cartoonists Society, the largest and most prestigious organization of cartoonists in the world. Daryl is also...


The Adventures of Tintin: The Calculus Affair / The Red Sea Sharks / Tintin in Tibet (3 Complete Adventures in 1 Volume, Vol. 6)

0316357243
April 1, 1997
Hardcover
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The Dore Illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy
Gustave Dore
048623231X
June 1, 1976
Paperback
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Book Description
135 fantastic and grotesque scenes depict the passion and grandeur of one of Dante’s most highly regarded works—from the depths of hell onto the mountain of purgatory and up to the empyrean realms of paradise. Includes plates produced for The Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise. Illustrations accompanied by appropriate lines from the Longfellow translation.


Superman
Les Daniels
0811842312
May 2004
Bargain - Paperback
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Book Review
While comic books trace their origins to the late 19th century, Superman, who debuted in 1938's Action Comics #1, is virtually synonymous with the medium. Yet, as Superman, the Complete History shows, the Man of Steel has also made a lasting impact in comic strips, film, toys, TV, radio, and even on Broadway. In this beautifully composed volume, Les Daniels collects rare and never-before-seen early artwork by Superman's teenage creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster (including a two-page doodle from 1936 featuring early Superman costume designs), and he chronicles the evolution of the character from an orphan alien comics hero to a complex multimedia icon. Entire pages are devoted to photographs of the various costumes worn by TV and film incarnations, of numerous action figures and related toys, and of movie poster and...


2006 Fishing Cartoon-A-Day Box Calendar
Jonny Hawkins
1579392083
September 2005
Box Calendar
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Book Description
You're bound to get hooked as humorist Jonny Hawkins fishes for laughs through the pages of this angler's guide to chuckles which is certain to weigh in as your best hook of the year! The calendar lists international holidays as well as moon phases.


Chicken Soup for the Soul Cartoons for Teachers
Jack L. Canfield
0757301495
April 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
More than 200 cartoons from syndicated cartoonist John McPherson show our appreciation for, and sometimes our impatience with, one of the most important bedrocks of our nations future: our teachers. From elementary school to college, and from piano teachers to sports coaches, this book makes a hilarious and heartwarming gift for our favorite mentors.

About the Author
Jack Canfield, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, is a professional speaker who has dedicated his life to enhancing the personal and professional development of others. Mark Victor Hanse, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, is a professional speaker who has dedicated his life to enhancing the personal...


Cartooning For Kids
Mike Artell
140270111X
August 2002
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-A brief introduction sets the tone: anyone who remembers that "cartoonists have to THINK FUNNY" can learn to draw cartoons. The rest of the book is divided into two parts. The first gives instructions for drawing 29 animals, arranged alphabetically from alligator to walrus. Starting with an interesting fact or facts about the creature, the author then shows how to draw the head, etc., and develops one pose. Alongside each line drawing is commentary about how to replicate it and why it looks funny that way. The second section focuses on people, describing how to draw bodies of males, females, and babies; smiling and angry faces; hands, arms, and legs; people sitting and moving; and unusual positions. This book is not for beginners as knowledge of some of the basic shapes and positions seems to be...


Draw Manga Chibi!
Christopher Hart
082300368X
Oct 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
This third installment in the best-selling Xtreme Art series offers kids a fun-filled tutorial on drawing the cute, round, rough-and-tumble Chibi-style characters seen everywhere in manga comics, graphic novels, toys, and TV. The book starts with basic tips for drawing Chibi-style facial features and bodies. Kids then get pages and pages of mischievous, high-energy renderings, each broken down into four simple steps-in each step, new lines are highlighted in a bright second color, making it easy to progress through the steps and build the final drawing. Kids learn to draw a wide range of Chibi-style figures, including class clowns, messy kids, fantasy fighters, roly-poly boys and girls, funny sidekicks, adorable monsters, and more. Best-selling author Christopher Hart's simple process and ultra-cute drawings will...


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Cartooning but Were Afraid to Draw (Christopher Hart Titles)
Christopher Hart
0823023591
April 1994
Paperback
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The Art of the Lion King
Christopher Finch
0786860286
June 17, 1994
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Disney aims for a smash hit this summer with The Lion King , the first original animated screenplay it has ever produced. This book incorporates the film's artwork and screenplay, plus a foreword by James Earl Jones (who plays the Lion King's father) and an afterword discussing the African themes and landscape that inspired the art.Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist
The resurgence in Disney animation in recent years has been accompanied by a concurrent rise in Disney merchandise, the latest example of which is this tie-in to the studio's new cartoon epic, The Lion King. The handsome coffee-table book follows the movie's story of the lion cub Simba's journey to assume the mantle of kingship by means of hundreds of beautifully reproduced...


How to Draw Manga: Costume Encyclopedia
Hikaru Hayashi, Kimiko Morimoto
4766112571
October 25, 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
"I understand the design, but I can't figure out the actually how to portray my character in the costume." Many have likely experienced this dilemma when trying to develop a character's costume and reached for a book on fashion as a reference. In this volume, manga characters appear as models, and the book illustrates aspects that serve as fashion points showing the characters in various poses and angles. This volume boasts more than 4,000 images. With this as reference, the reader should be able to design an original costume with ease by combining the collars, sleeves, cuffs, and other dress details provided.


The Art of Cartooning with FLASH (With CD-ROM)
Daniel Gray, et al
0782129137
November 21, 2001
Paperback
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Adam Tracksler, CreativeCOW.net
"If you are serious about making cartoons with Flash... you should definitely read this book."

Steve Landis, Help 4 Flash
"The book, combined with the CD, is an excellent resource that will give you a fast start to Flash Animation."

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