A fantastic compilation site of scripts by a wide range of top comic book writers including Brian Michael Bendis, Chuck Dixon, Warren Ellis, Neil Gaiman, Geoff Johns, Alan Moore, Grant Morrison and more.
This website is a destination for all students and teachers of comics, whether in a formal program of some kind, or learning independently. It’s also for working cartoonists and committed readers of comics—basically anyone with a passion for and a curiosity about the medium. Here you will find activities, tutorials, advice, videos, and links about learning to make, write, or read comics. This work stems from our teaching and our textbook on comics, Drawing Words & Writing Pictures and its sequel, Mastering Comics.
The MakingComics.com project is aimed promoting comic arts and graphic storytelling to a worldwide audience through the use of free and up to date learning materials. MakingComics.com has the bold goal of becoming the largest, and most useful, online repository of comic-making educational material. This will be achieved through active creation of new content, learning community facilitation, and our crowdsourced repository of comic-making resources from around the web.
This is a resource devoted to writing/drawing manga and various other projects. Its information comes from years of being a commissionable artist as well as outside sources such as books, web sites, other authors, etc. Included are free tutorials and references links.
A website devoted to the creation, promotion, and business that is webcomics. Includes tutorials for writing, illustration, technology, and more.
Books about Making Comics, Graphic Novels, and Manga
Basic Anatomy for the Manga Artist
by Christopher Hart
Call Number: NC 1764.5 .J3 H36915 2011
Publication Date: 2011-06-21
Manga Anatomy Like You've Never Seen It!
You know that manga faces are different from those of regular, American-style comic book characters. But did you know that manga bodies are also different? Well, they are, and Christopher Hart is here, once again, to tell you all about it in his signature accessible style.
This book is loaded with clear step-by-step instructions and illustrations, anatomical charts and information, and before-and-after comparisons you won't find anywhere else--all tailored to creating authentic Japanese-style manga. And in addition to the breakdowns of the various sections of the body, you'll also learn how all the different elements--including faces and costumes--come together to form complete characters. Basic Anatomy for the Manga Artist contains everything you need to know.
No aspiring mangaka (manga artist) should be without it.
Drawing Words and Writing Pictures
by Jessica Abel; Matt Madden
Call Number: NC 1764 .A24 2008
Publication Date: 2008-06-10
Drawing Words and Writing Pictures is a course on comic creation – for college classes or for independent study – that centers on storytelling and concludes with making a finished comic. With chapters on lettering, story structure, and panel layout, the fifteen lessons offered – each complete with homework, extra credit activities and supplementary reading suggestions – provide a solid introduction for people interested in making their own comics. Additional resources, lessons, and after-class help are available on the DW-WP website.
by Scott McCloud
Call Number: PN 6710 .M3325 2006
Publication Date: 2006-09-05
In Making Comics, McCloud explores the creation of comics, from the broadest principles to the sharpest details (like how to accentuate a character's facial muscles in order to form the emotion of disgust rather than the emotion of surprise.) And he does all of it in his inimitable voice and through his cartoon stand–in narrator, mixing dry humor and legitimate instruction.
McCloud shows his reader how to master the human condition through word and image in a brilliantly minimalistic way. Comic book devotees as well as the most uninitiated will marvel at this journey into a once–underappreciated art form.