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Lila and Ecco's Do-It-Yourself Comics Club

illustrated by Willow Dawson

Publisher
Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2010
Category
General, Cartooning, Composition & Creative Writing
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781554534395
    Publish Date
    Sep 2010
    List Price
    $7.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781554534388
    Publish Date
    Sep 2010
    List Price
    $16.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7

Description

Twelve-year-olds Lila and Ecco are obsessed with comics. Every summer, they dress up as their favorite characters to attend the local comic book convention. This year, after they stumble into a workshop of comics creators, Lila and Ecco come to an exciting realization --- they can make their very own comic books!

Join Lila and Ecco as they embark on their exciting and rewarding do-it-yourself adventure. Along the way, readers will see how comics can be used to share stories with their friends and say what they want to say. They'll also learn how to harness ideas and inspiration; create believable characters and stories; illustrate motion, suspense and time passing; tips and step-by-step instructions on inking, coloring, lettering, cover art and design, binding comics and much, much more.

About the author

Award winning author and illustrator Willow Dawson’s books include Ghost Limb, Hyena In Petticoats, The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea with Helaine Becker, Lila and Ecco’s Do-It-Yourself Comics Club, No Girls Allowed with Susan Hughes, and the upcoming The Wolf-Birds. Her books have been supported by the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Willow Dawson also teaches Creating Comics and Graphic Novels at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. She lives in Toronto.

Willow Dawson's profile page

Awards

  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Short-listed, Great Graphic Novels for Teens, YALSA

Editorial Reviews

Is it a story of two friends creating a comic, or a step-by-step guide to making comics? Why, its both, actually. And what's most surprising is not that the guide is so comprehensive and easy to follow but that the framing story not only couches the lessons in comfortable language but is also diverting in its own right.

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Librarian Reviews

Lila and Ecco’s Do-It-Youself Comics Club

Join Lila and Ecco as they stumble into a workshop about making comic books at the local comicon. As they embark on the ultimate do-it-yourself adventure, they learn how to harness inspiration; create believable characters and dialogue; use page design; illustrate motion, suspense and the passage of time; make word balloons; and so much more. Great for kids obsessed with comics!

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

Other titles by Willow Dawson

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Gothic Tales of Haunted Love

A Gothic Romance Graphic Novel Anthology

edited by S.M. Beiko & Hope Nicholson
contributions by Megan Kearney, David Alexander Robertson, Janet Hetherington, John K. Snyder III, Katie West, Sarah Winifred Searle, Scott Chantler, Scott B. Henderson, Barbara Guttman, Cherelle Higgins, Maia Kobabe, Rahzzah, Ray Fawkes, Becka Kinzie, Caroline Dougherty, Cecil Castellucci, Colleen Coover, Dante Luiz, Hache Pueyo, Nika, Ronn Sutton, Zakk Saam, Allison Paige, Amber Noelle, Ash J. Wu, Chris Stone, Femi Sobowale, Hien Pham, James Hill, Kelly Williams, Kitty Curran, Larissa Zageris, Laura Bowman, Lou Marchetti, Rina Rozsas, Sanho Kim, Svetla Nikolova & Willow Dawson
foreword by Jacque Nodell
cover design or artwork by Leslie Doyle

White as Milk, Red as Blood

The Forgotten Fairy Tales of Franz Xaver von Schönwerth

by (author) Franz Xaver von Schonwerth
illustrated by Willow Dawson
translated by Shelley Tanaka
foreword by Philip Pullman

Susanna Moodie: Roughing It in the Bush

by (author) Carol Shields & Patrick Crowe
illustrated by Selena Goulding
adapted by Willow Dawson
introduction by Margaret Atwood

The Wolf-Birds

by (author) Willow Dawson

Avis Dolphin

by (author) Frieda Wishinsky
illustrated by Willow Dawson

Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea, The

by (author) Helaine Becker
illustrated by Willow Dawson

Hyena in Petticoats

The Story Of Suffragette Nellie Mcclung

by (author) Willow Dawson

No Girls Allowed

Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom and Adventure

by (author) Susan Hughes
illustrated by Willow Dawson