This book is absolutely amazing for the simple reason that it covers everything about creating a comic. This is actually a compilation of the best ‘how-to’ segments from the now defunct Wizard Magazine, so be warned that each artist can have their own unique style (so you won’t be reading information coming from the same mouth, with the same art style). There is information about drawing, some in-depth information about perspective and some anatomy (yet, because of its variety of subjects in just over 255 pages, this book is not the best for learning detailed anatomy), facial expressions and drawing characters of different ages, among others! There is also information about character creation, body language, movement and action, drawing costumes and anything else you could possibly need for your action-packed comic (there is even information in drawing energy effects)! Information about a page’s (panels) layout, to texture and inking, this book is really chocked-full of information and tips for any comic creator out there!
This book is absolutely amazing. Although it doesn't go in great detail about anatomy and the like (there are many other books for that purpose, which I mention in my website here) it covers *everything* about comic books, from scenario and storytelling to fonts, to balloons, to colors and how to correctly structure your panels and strips. Personally, I've read this book countless times and each time I find something new to help me in making my own comics. An amazing book, greatly recommended for comic creators.
I cannot help but review these two books interchangeably, for I have found they can both be used to make someone a better comic book creator! Scott McCloud, the author of these two comics, has worked at DC and has been studying comic books since 1984. These two comics contain a vast variety of information about comics – and not just about the typical anatomy-perspective kind of information, but actual “philosophical” information (or rather, a more mental way of looking at comics) which can both influence and inspire the way someone creates their comic. These books are greatly recommended for both beginners and experienced comic creators, and especially for people who like to look at comics more deeply than they ever thought it’s possible!
This book is simply amazing. There is so much information in it that makes it impossible to read this book all at once. In my opinion, its price is rather low for its content. Although the book is written specifically for screenplay (a scenario meant to turn into a movie) one can easily take advantage of the knowledge for writing a comic.
100% recommended to anyone who loves writing and wants solid knowledge about the story structure, as well as the foundations of building original characters.