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Get Graphic!

Using storyboards to write and draw picture books, graphic novels, or comic strips

by (author) Mark Thurman & Emily Hearn

Pembroke Publishers
Initial publish date
May 2011
Professional Development
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2010
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2011
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This lively new book introduces the power of the storyboard in the creative process — from brainstorming ideas to developing, revising, and finalizing stories. It describes an eight-stage process that shows, step-by-step, how students can create unique, action-filled pages for their stories and books. Get Graphic! describes the principles of design, and explores artistic techniques such as perspective and grounding, light and shadow, layout and spatial relationships, and more. Organized for easy classroom use, planning suggestions, glossaries of visual terms, and ready-to-copy storyboards are all a part of the active process described.


About the authors

Mark Thurman is best known as a children's author/illustrator. He has written and illustrated 16 books and designed and illustrated more than 25 books for other authors. Mark has toured Canada extensively, sharing his stories and ideas in hundreds of schools. Mark, along with his co-author for Get Graphic, Emily Hearn, collaborated on "The Mighty Mites" comic strip series that appeared in Owl Magazine for more than a dozen years. Mark lives in Toronto.


Mark Thurman's profile page

Emily Hearn wrote picture books, poetry and music, and radio and TV scripts, including work for the National Film Board and TVO. She was a mentor for the Toronto District School Board and for elementary school children through WIER (Writers in Electronic Residence). Emily collaborated with her co-author, Mark Thurman, on "The Mighty Mites" comic strip series that appeared in Owl Magazine for more than a dozen years. Emily passed away in 2015.


Emily Hearn's profile page

Librarian Reviews

Get Graphic! Using Storyboards to Write and Draw Picture Books, Graphic Novels, or Comic Strips

Use this book to integrate language arts and visual arts in a fun and practical way. Introducing teachers and students to the use of storyboards in the creative process, the authors describe a technique that begins with an idea and ends with a visual picture book, graphic novel or comic strip. Glossaries of visual terms and illustration ideas, a list of recommended children’s books and reproducible storyboards are included.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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