|Scott McCloud, Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels, 272 pages|
Scott McCloud is a skilled comic artist but he's even more famous as a theorist on comic book related topics. This is his latest book on this argument after Understanding Comics and Reinventing Comics, and it really is a sum of everything you may like to ask about comics. In its 272 black and white pages, all presented in the form a comic book, with the author appearing as a cartoon, it really gives you tons of infos on....pretty much everything on the comic medium, from the basis of drawing: human anatomy, proportions, perspective...to more in-depth stuff, like one of my fav sections, the Facial Expressions one!
|A scary face...no wait, it's just the muscles we all have in our faces that makes us change expression when needed!|
Here things get serious! What muscles do what, and the various degrees of each expression, their mixes and so on. And this lead to Body Language scetion, how the body contributes to deliver a messag, directly related to the way you make your character pose on the page and so on. It's amazing how the author manages to make these topics seems simple and easily accessible, the way they're explained and because they're immediately visualized in the panels composing the whole book.
|Backgrounds, or World Building, another great chapter in this book|
The author explores deeply the medium and doesn't leave almost anything out; almost, as you won't find much about coloring here, but no worries, as the material is more than enough to keep you busy studying and practicing for...long time, after you've read this book. Scripts, lettering, tools (widely explored from classic pencils and inking pens to latest digital devices), analysis of genres and styes (including a good wide section about mangas), you will find an overload if infos and smart suggestions here:) Strongly recomended book, definetly!
For completion I'm adding the links to all three books he released so far: