Reviews for Comic Strips : Create Your Own Comic Strips from Start to Finish


BooklistOnline.com Reviews
Veteran cartoonist Roche provides a step-by-step guide for children who want to create their own comic strips. He starts with the basic tools, then proceeds to supply information on just about everything else a young artist needs to know. He also advises lots of drawing practice to develop skills and style. Plenty of Roche's own cartoon illustrations accompany the text, which covers ideas, tools, setting up panels, using color, establishing a character, and more, and an original comic strip about a guard dog in space allows budding cartoonists to follow the process of creation from the basic idea to the final coloring. Realistic suggests on getting published (school magazine and Web sites) cap this attractively designed book with enough clear advice, instructions, and illustrations to set young artists on the right path. Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring
This guide for a young person interested in drawing comic strips covers the many steps to creating a story in pictorial art. The process is outlined clearly and with copious illustrations. Creating characters, writing funny incidents, organizing design layout, and even publishing advice are included. Cautionary notes about comic publishing on the internet are mentioned. Ind.

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Library Media Connection - August/September 2007
This is a gold mine of information for any kid that doodles cartoon characters and loves to read comics. Professional cartoonist Art Roche explores every aspect of creating cartoons and getting published. Using his own colorful artwork, the author explores how to draw cartoons while focusing on the story and the jokes. He demonstrates technical aspects such as framing, point of view, layout, and design, while encouraging the budding cartoonist to keep drawing. Roche starts with basic information and then moves on to more technical advice. He does this through great illustrations that are colorful and extremely well done. The book is so well done that if a reader is very interested in comics it wouldn't matter if they were older or younger. There is an appended interview with a cartoon editor, as well as a bibliography and index. With the popularity of graphic novels this should be a popular selection. Recommended. Bonnie Morris, Media Generalist, Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis, Minnesota © 2007 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2007 May

Gr 4-8 -Many books describe the writing and drawing process for graphic novels, but this one sets itself apart by explaining how to create a three-panel comic strip from start to finish. The author includes advice on getting story ideas, sketching jokes, layout and design, adding color, and getting feedback. The bright, dynamic layout includes full-color illustrations. The writing is clear and concise so that after completing the book, readers will feel confident to branch out on their own. Roche is mindful of his young audience as he directs them to the Internet, warning them to ask a parent before going online. An excellent addition.-Esther Keller, I.S. 278, Marine Park, NY

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