Books

There are lots of great books on writing and drawing – and indeed, on writing and drawing comics. Here are a few specifically designed for younger creators!

Please note: Amazon links included for convenience, but please support your local booksellers!

How To Make Awesome Comics

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by Neill Cameron

(David Fickling Books)

We all know that comics are awesome. But if there’s one thing better than reading awesome comics…it’s making your own!

Learn how to have AWESOME ideas, every time!

Learn how to turn your ideas into AMAZING STORIES!

Learn how to draw ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING!

Join Professor Panels and Art Monkey as they show you everything you need to know to make your very own AWESOME comics!

Disclaimer: this book is by Neill, who made this website!

Available from: The Phoenix | Amazon | Page 45 | Hive

Write and Draw Your Own Comics

9781409564256-write-and-draw-comicsby Louie Stowell and various

(Usborne)

Kapow! Boom! An awesome activity book for budding comic artists to imagine and draw their own comic strips. Simple step-by-step instructions, with lots of handy tips and hints, show children how to create graphic stories using all the devices employed in ‘real’ comics.

Available from: Amazon | Hive

Let’s Make Comics!

lets-make-comicsBy Robin Etherington and Zak Simmonds-Hurn

(Oxford University Press)

Let’s Make Comics! shows you how to create your own comic strip. Discover how to tell a story with pictures, sound effects, captions and more!

Available from: Amazon | Hive

 

 

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Adventures in Cartooning

by Alexis Frederick-Frost, Andrew Arnold and James Sturm

In this action-packed cartooning adventure, kids will have as much fun making comics as reading them!

Available from: Amazon | Hive

Further Reading

Here are some more great books on comics-making; possibly not specifically intended for kids, but which should be of great use to keen artists and storytellers.

understanding_comics Understanding Comics 

by Scott McCloud

A fascinating and hugely influential book; it’s worth reading for *everyone*, simply as a work of philosophy and as an example of the uses the comics medium can be put to.

 

Available from: Amazon | Hive | Page 45

 

 

 

how-to-draw-stupid How To Draw Stupid

by Kyle Baker

Certainly the funniest art instruction book ever created, this is full of priceless advice and guidance from one of the most talented cartoonists in the world. Highest possible recommendation!

 

Available from: Amazon

 

 

 

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How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way

by Stan Lee and John Buscema

Maybe you want to learn to draw Spider-Man, maybe you don’t. Either way, John Buscema’s classic volume of step-by step art instruction contains a pretty comprehensive set of easy to work through tutorials on the fundamentals of drawing, from figure contruction to persepctive and composition.

Available from: Amazon | Hive  | Page 45