Books are listed in alphabetical order.
|THE ART OF COMIC BOOK INKING
by Gary Martin with Steve Rude
Dark Horse Comics
ISBN: 1-56971-258-1 (SC)
|CARTOONING: PHILOSOPHY AND PRACTICE
by Ivan Brunetti
Published as a supplement to COMIC ART #9
Cartoonist Ivan Brunetti takes you on his fifteen week cartooning class that he has taught at the University of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago.
|THE COMPLETE BOOK OF CARTOONING
by John Adkins Richardson
One of the worst. Obtuse and abstract. If you want to learn how to be a cartoonist, you won't learn it here.
by John Mendenhall
|THE DESIGNERS GUIDE TO COLOR COMBINATIONS
500+ Historic and Modern Color Formulas in CMYK
Written and designed by Leslie Cabarga
Northern Light Books
ISBN: 0-89134-857-3 (HC)
|DYNAMIC BLACK & WHITE ILLUSTRATION
One Hundred Years of Line Art 1900 - 2000
by Leslie Cabarga
Art Direction Books
ISBN: 0-88108-114-0 (SC)
|HOW TO DRAW CARTOONS SUCCESSFULLY
by Carl Anderson
The World Publishing Company/Tower Books
Reprint of 1935 edition by Greenberg Publisher, Inc.
Carl Anderson, the creator of HENRY, tells you his cartooning secrets in 46 short lessons.
|HOW TO DRAW COMICS THE MARVEL WAY
by Stan Lee and John Buscema
Simon and Schuster
Not very good at all. The section on perspective can be helpful if you are having trouble but that's about it. 'Nuff said.
|THE INDIVIDUAL'S GUIDE TO GRANTS
by Judith B. Margolin
Plenum Publishing Corporation
ISBN: 0-306-41309-4 (HC)
I found this book extremely helpful when I was putting together my proposal to the XERIC Foundation. A useful book on how to get a grant.
|INTRODUCTION TO CARTOONING
by Richasd Dennison Taylor
|MODERN CARTOONIST: The Naked Truth
by Daniel Clowes
Published as a supplement to EIGHTBALL #18
Cartoonist Dan Clowes gives it to the aspireing cartoonist in straight talk,
|ON DIRECTING FILM
by David Mamet
ISBN: 0-14-012722-4 (PB)
A great little book on the mechanics of telling stories in pictures. It's very clear and concise; nuts and bolts. The best part is when Mamet and his class construct a story, through description of action-no dialog, about a farmer and his sheep. The big lesson is that the story is told through cuts. Good for film directing and comics. I told James Sturm about this book several years ago and he has since used it in his catooning classes.
by Scott McCloud
A worthless companion to UNDERSTANDING COMICS.
|THE SECRETS OF PROFESSIONAL CARTOONING
by Ken Muse
ISBN: 0-13-798132-5 (SC)
I dislike the way Ken Muse draws but this is one of the best books on cartooning I have come across. He is extremely specific in terms of tools and what they do. Nuts and bolts. A great book.
|TIPS FROM TOP CARTOONISTS
Edited by Don "Arr" Christensen
ISBN: 9-913035-40-8 (SC)
Hit and miss (mostly miss). 35 cartoonists tell you how they do it. You may get a good usable tip every dozen pages or so.
|UNDERSTANDING COMICS: THE INVISIBLE ART
by Scott McCloud
Kitchen Sink Press
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