Do you want to turn your family stories into comics or graphic novels?
“I can’t draw,” you say. Neither can I, but I make comics and graphic novels anyway. Children don’t care about skill, they just love stories about you, their parents, or other family members.
I use regular pens, pencils and paper, a composition book, and a photo copier. My most exotic tool is a Non-Photo Blue Pencil. You draw with the blue pencil, then ink over the pencil marks. The blue pencil marks do not show when you photocopy, so you can make mistakes and fix them easily before inking and copying the final product.
I found the following books and online videos helpful and enjoyable. They helped me with technique and organization, but they didn’t magically turn me into Picasso.
- Comics: easy as ABC by Ivan Brunetti
- Cartooning: philosophy and practice by Ivan Brunetti.
- Syllabus by Lynda Barry
- Making Comics by Lynda Barry
- Comic Strips by Art Roche
- Penciling a Comic Book Page by Ben Bishop (Lynda.com from LinkedIn)
- Designing Dynamic Layouts with Text and Dialog in Comics by Ben Bishop (Lynda.com from LinkedIn)
I continue to draw because the kids like my comics and I can only get better.
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— Recommended by Ceil H., Manager, Collection Management Department