Writing and Illustrating the Graphic Novel: Everything You Need to Know to Create Great Work and Get It Published

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9780764146299: Writing and Illustrating the Graphic Novel: Everything You Need to Know to Create Great Work and Get It Published

Graphic novels are big business nowadays, and creating a well-executed graphic novel can be a big step to a rewarding career. This brand-new book gives detailed instruction in all aspects of graphic novel composition--creating characters and plots, and transforming them into dynamic illustrations that tell an interesting story. The introduction describes uses of tools of the trade, from drawing pencils, inks, and paper to word processing and Adobe Photoshop software. Chapters that follow instruct in--

  • The language of comics and graphic novels
  • Establishing characters and story structure
  • Scripting the story
  • Illustrating the story, from sketches to finished art
  • Selling the finished product
    Instruction includes how-to techniques for creating layouts, panels, captions, dialogue, panel transitions, and angles of view. Exercises demonstrate the essential mechanics of drawing, from figures, backgrounds, and perspectives, to inking, coloring, and digital rendering. The text is supplemented with more than 400 how-to color illustrations.
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    YOU DON'T NEED TO BE A GREAT ARTIST TO

    CREATE YOUR OWN COMIC BOOK OR GRAPHIC NOVEL. THIS COMPREHENSIVE MANUAL SHOWS YOU EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO TURN THE BEGINNINGS OF A STORY IDEA INTO A FULLY ILLUSTRATED AND VISUALLY COMPELLING COMIC BOOK--AND GET IT PUBLISHED ON THE WEB OR IN PRINT.


  • Shares the secrets of creating characters and plotlines, and shows how to bring drama and suspense to your story.
  • Provides a complete understanding of grids and layouts, panels, captions, speech, lettering, panel transitions, and angles of view.
  • Instructs in the essential mechanics of drawing, from figures, backgrounds, and perspectives, to inking, coloring, and digital rendering.

    DANIEL COONEY is an accomplished comics writer, educator, and illustrator of several graphic novels. He teaches writing and drawing comics at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.



  • About the Author:

    Daniel Cooney is the creator and artist of the assassin series Valentine -- currently in development as a feature film. He is the author and illustrator of Writing and Illustrating The Graphic Novel for Barron's Educational books, and currently finishing up a new instructional book, Figure Drawing for the Comic Artist, due out this summer from Barron's books.

    Cooney is adapting the screenplay, Bad Ass Girls created by Christopher Ameruoso and Tom Malloy into a graphic novel for Trick Candle Productions, which is now in pre-production as a feature film.

    This summer will see the launch of the first in a series of Valentine illustrated novels written by Noel Hynd (Ghosts, Conspiracy In Kiev) titled Valentine: Death or Glory. This fall sees the launch of The Atomic Yeti with artist Jeff Himes. Cooney is also writing and illustrating The Tommy Gun Dolls set to debut in 2013.

    In addition to his writing and illustrating projects, Cooney teaches comic writing and graphic novel courses for The Academy of Art University. Cooney has established himself as an illustrator for various book publishers, and licensed properties of comics, television and film. Daniel grew up in Vacaville, CA, went to college in New York City at the School of Visual Arts, where he got a BFA in Illustration and Cartooning, and getting the chance to intern for Marvel Comics his senior year.
    He resides on Martha's Vineyard, MA with his wife, Carolina, their son, Dashiell, and their cat Greenly Beans.

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