November 12, 2010

Lila and Ecco’s Do-it-yourself Comics Club by Willow Dawson

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 6:06 pm by suebe2

Lila and Ecco’s Do-it-yourself Comics Club

by Willow Dawson


Lila and Ecco just want to go to a comic book convention but Lila also has to watch her younger sister.  So the three dress up as their favorite characters and then head off to the show.  Fortunately, they have to follow the younger girl into a session on comic writing and two budding author/illustrators are born.

In a blend of fiction (the story with Lila’s younger sister and their quest to write their own comics) and nonfiction (scads of details on comic writing), young readers will learn all they need to know to get started writing and illustrating their own work whether they choose to do comic strips, comic books or graphic novels.

I’ll be honest, with graphic novels as the new “hot thing” in publishing I’ve tried to read several how-to books on the topic.  Each and every time, I’ve quickly gotten lost and given up.  I just don’t have the vocabulary or basics to organize it all in my head.

But I read this book start to finish, learning about panels, the steps in creating a comic, research, mapping (laying out your world), webbing (meeting your character), outlining, panel size, guiding the reader from one panel to another, showing movement, vocal tone and more.

If you have a young reader who loves to tell stories or spends lots of time drawing, consider this as a Christmas gift.  I know I’ve been inspired to start noodling over comic ideas!





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