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Draw Out the Story

Ten Secrets to Creating Your Own Comics

by Brian McLachlan

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cartooning, comic strips & cartoons
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list price: $9.99
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published: May 2014
ISBN:9781771470353
publisher: Owlkids Books Inc.
Description

Whether kids want to write or draw a comic that's funny or scary, long or short, made-up or true-to-life, cartoonist and author Brian McLachlan maintains there are just ten crucial things they need to know to get started.

Using colloquial text, images, and examples, each chapter hones in on a different secret to creating great comics. Budding comic artists will learn how to make text and illustrations work together, how to give characters personality, how to choose the right tool for each project, and much more.

A worthy addition to the how-to comics canon, Draw Out the Story simplifies advanced concepts for younger readers, providing invaluable lessons and pointers for kids who want to learn to write and draw — and imagine — great stories.

About the Author

Brian McLachlan

BRIAN McLACHLAN is a regular contributor to OWL Magazine, has numerous freelance clients, and is the comic artist behind the series Princess Planet. His sense of humor puts the "comic" back in "comic book." He lives in Toronto.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
8 to 12
Grade:
3 to 7
Awards
  • , A Junior Library Guild selection
  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Children's Choice Awards
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens
  • Runner-up, Ontario Library Association Silver Birch Non Fiction Award
  • Short-listed, Maine Student Book Award
  • Winner, IRA Children's and Young Adults’ Book Award, Intermediate Non Fiction category
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets Top 10 Junior Non-Fiction List
  • , Toronto Public Library's 2017 Summer Reading Club Recommended Read
Editorial Reviews

"... although aimed at young adults, its solid advice will benefit aspiring cartoonists and comic makers of all ages and backgrounds."

— Children's Bookwatch

"The first seven 'secrets' lay a solid groundwork for aspiring creators but what really makes Draw Out the Story exceptional, moving beyond your typical 'how-to-create-comics' guidebook, are the final three chapters that focus on creating meaningful and fun stories through exploration, imagination and "what if?" play.

— Canadian Children's Book News

"...this book has all the secrets beginners might need."

— Kirkus

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