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Creating Comics, Graphic Novels, and Manga
This page is dedicated to helping writers and artists create graphic novels, comic books, and manga.
On this page you will find:
We hope these links and resources are helpful to you and wish you good luck in creating new comics, graphic novels, and manga for others to enjoy.
Websites Devoted to Creating Comics, Graphic Novels, and Manga
Comic Book Script Archive
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.
Drawing Words and Writing Pictures
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.
Making Comics Blog
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.
My Really Long Webcomic Guide
An online guide to making your own webcomics from making a plan to creating a story to launching and updating.
Resources for Comickers
Selected links that are useful for each stage of the comic/graphic novel-making process.
So You Wanna Start a Web Comic
One man's take on what to do if you want to start a webcomic, but don't have a clue where to start.
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
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.
Manga in Theory and Practice by
Call Number: PN 6710 .A69 2017
Publication Date: 2017-06-13
Hirohiko Araki is the author of one of the longest-running and most beloved manga of all time, the epic fan favorite JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. According to him, manga is the ultimate synthesis of all forms of art, and in this book he reveals the secrets behind how to make the magic happen using concrete examples from his own work. Read all about his "golden ratio" for drawing, the character histories he draws up for each of the characters he creates, his methodology for storytelling inspired by the great Ernest Hemingway, and many more aspects of manga creation in this how-to guide penned by an industry legend.
Drawing Words and Writing Pictures by
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.
The Animator's Survival Kit by
Call Number: NC 1765 .W55 2009
Publication Date: 2012-09-25
Animation is one of the hottest areas of filmmaking today--and the master animator who bridges the old generation and the new is Richard Williams. During his fifty years in the business, Williams has been one of the true innovators, winning three Academy Awards and serving as the link between Disney's golden age of animation by hand and the new computer animation exemplified by Toy Story.
Perhaps even more important, though, has been his dedication in passing along his knowledge to a new generation of animators so that they in turn could push the medium in new directions. In this book, based on his sold-out master classes in the United States and across Europe, Williams provides the underlying principles of animation that every animator--from beginner to expert, classic animator to computer animation whiz --needs. Urging his readers to "invent but be believable," he illustrates his points with hundreds of drawings, distilling the secrets of the masters into a working system in order to create a book that will become the standard work on all forms of animation for professionals, students, and fans.
Making Comics by
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.