Making Comics

By Lynda Barry,

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Hello students, meet Professor Skeletor. Be on time, don t miss class, and turn off your phones. No time for introductions, we start drawing right away. The goal is more rock, less talk, and we communicate only through images. For more than five years the cartoonist Lynda Barry has been…

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2 authors picked Making Comics as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

This is an excellent textbook to get readers and comic makers of all experience levels to loosen up, think deeply and personally, and make better, more confident comics. It’s warm but practical, smart but approachable, deep but unpretentious. This is a comics veteran generously sharing both her knowledge of comics and teaching, as well as her own methods for drawing, brainstorming, and writing. It’s an incredible resource and one I often find myself quoting and recommending to my own students. 

Would you like to try your hand (literally) at being creative? This book is your personal class on how to draw—and write—comics. You can be a kid again. As the author says, “Stories show up on their own when kids draw—the drawing itself propels the story, changing it in a living way.” And you don’t have to know how to draw! In fact, expertise can be the enemy of creativity. From the book: “It’s hard for something original to make it past ‘already knowing how.’ Being good at something is its own curse…” Have fun!

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