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Our comic book guides will show you how to draw cartoons and comics and are essential for any aspiring artist. We also have books covering the history of these movements.

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Comic Book & Cartoon Art Books

Our comic book guides will show you how to draw cartoons and comics and are essential for any aspiring artist. We also have books covering the history of these movements.

  • Puppy versus Kitten

    Andy Riley

    Product Code: PVSK
    Hardback
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    From Emmy award-winning Andy Riley, the creator of cult favourite The Bunny Suicides, comes Puppy versus Kitten - an illustrated and wickedly humorous story about a bright-eyed puppy and a philosophical kitten who live under the same roof.

    The duo know nothing about the world and will have to work together to navigate the ins and outs of life. Kitten uses its intelligence to work out what is going on while the much stupider Puppy just charges around, doing whatever comes naturally...

    Obviously, with their very different outlooks they clash. But then they meet the human... Full of dark humour and jokes as sharp as a cat's claw, this is a laugh-out-loud book for grown-up animal lovers.
    • £3.99
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  • How to Draw Comics the "Marvel" Way

    Stan Lee

    Product Code: ABWFU
    Paperback
    Stan Lee, the founding father of Marvel Comics, and John Buscema, artist of the classic Silver Surfer series, give professional advice and instruction for budding comics artists. Learn how to draw the Marvel way, courtesy of this lavishly illustrated, step-by-step guide to all facets of the process.
    • £8.79
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  • How To Draw Cartoons and Caricatures

    Mark Linley

    Product Code: AGFMY
    Paperback
    Learn to draw the fun way! Like almost everyone in the world, you are bursting with raw artistic talent just waiting to be released. In a few deft sweeps of your pencil, capture the character of your 'victim'. Use swift strokes to create a face that has instant appeal. Exaggerate the features to make a comical caricature. Brighten up someone's day with your own tiny bit of magic! "Yes, you can do it," says Mark Linley, "and I show you exactly how!"
    • £7.19
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  • Rowland B. Wilson's Trade Secrets

    Suzanne Lemieux-Wilson

    Product Code: BDZQD
    Paperback
    Animation doesn't come with instructions; Rowland B. Wilson demanded guidelines. Trade Secrets offers a never before published peek into the personal journals of Rowland B. Wilson (1930-2005), a legend in the world of Cartooning, Advertising, Illustration and Animation. Trade Secrets is a compendium of tips, tricks, philosophies and techniques garnered over a lifetime of professional animation and artistry. Study one-on-one with a mentor whose Walt Disney film credits include The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, Atlantis and Treasure Planet. These writings represent the quintessential refresher for fine artists and animation professionals, and are vital tutorials for students who are now poised to be part of another new generation in the art form. Have a seat and let an amiable, respected mentor reveal his keys to success. Develop your professional creative toolset with a focus on foundational animation techniques. Inspiration in your pocket; Trade Secrets includes a digital pocket guide, filled with charts and diagrams as well as helpful tools and tips.
    • £25.59
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  • Mad's Greatest Artists: Dave Berg

    Dave Berg

    Product Code: BDEEP
    Hardback
    Included in this magnificent collection are some of the greatest works from Dave Berg,one of MAD Magazine's most popular writers/artists. The material will be presented chronologically and interspersed throughout with rough sketches,a rare 1970 interview, an introduction and portrait of Berg by well-known American illustrator Drew Friedman, a growing up with Dave Berg" essay by his daughter Nancy Berg, newly illustrated versions of classic Berg strips by several noteworthy cartoonists, and much more.
    • £16.00
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  • Real Friends

    Shannon Hale

    Product Code: BCWYC
    Paperback
    Following little Shannon's life from kindergarten through fifth grade, Real Friends captures the emotional roller coaster ride of friendship, from navigating the tricky waters of cliques and bullies to her never-ending struggle to stay in 'The Group.' Shannon's honest and heartfelt story reminds us of how hard it was to learn what real friends are - and why finding them is worth the journey.
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  • Magical Girl Site

    Kentaro Sato

    Product Code: BCWSG
    Paperback
    Magical Girl Site is an all-new fantasy horror series that is directly spun-off from author Kentaro Sato's concurrent series, Magical Girl Apocalypse. In this ultra-violent survival story, an innocent girl gets sucked into the murderous world of the sailor girls from hell as featured in Magical Girl Apocalypse. Magical Girl Site is an ongoing manga series that will be released with a full-colour insert in each volume. Asagiri Aya is a young girl who has fallen victim to bullies at her school. Looking for a way to escape her troubles, she looks to the internet for distraction, when a mysterious website called "Magical Girl Site" appears. Simply viewing the page is all it takes to hurtle Aya headlong into the deadly world of the Magical Girl Apocalypse. There, it's fight or die, against a seemingly endless array of savagely adorable, frilly-skirted killing machines, each armed with magical powers and an unquenchable thirst for blood and chaos.
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  • Spill Zone

    Scott Westerfield

    Product Code: BCWDP
    Hardback
    Three years ago an event destroyed the small city of Poughkeepsie, forever changing reality within its borders. Uncanny manifestations and lethal dangers now await anyone who enters the Spill Zone. The Spill claimed Addison's parents and scarred her little sister, Lexa, who hasn't spoken since. Addison provides for her sister by photographing the Zone's twisted attractions on illicit midnight rides. Art collectors pay top dollar for these bizarre images, but getting close enough for the perfect shot can mean death--or worse. When an eccentric collector makes a million-dollar offer, Addison breaks her own hard-learned rules of survival and ventures farther than she has ever dared. Within the Spill Zone, Hell awaits--and it seems to be calling Addison's name.
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  • Beginner's Guide to Creating Manga Art

    Steven Cummings

    Product Code: BBZHJ
    Paperback
    Bursting with knowledge and brilliant artwork, Beginner's Guide to Creating Manga Art offers a comprehensive, practical guide to this art form and is an unmissable title for anyone wanting to learn how to capture that classic manga style. Beginner's Guide to Creating Manga Art explores the core aspects of this artistic style and takes you through the process of designing manga- and anime-style characters from the initial concept to full-color images. The diversity of the authors featured in these pages offers an exciting blend of perspectives and techniques from around the world, with industry greats including Steven Cummings (an American comic book artist in Japan whose clients include Marvel and DC Comics) and Gonzalo Ordonez (the author of Legendary Visions: The Art of Genzoman) among the leading names. These talented artists open a window into their world and present tutorials covering everything from drawing features, anatomy, and expressions to designing clothing, perfecting poses, and coloring characters with a mixture of traditional and digital artistic tools. Steven Cummings is an American comic book artist who has worked for the likes of DC Comics and Marvel Comics, and is currently a member of the famous Udon Entertainment team in Japan. Gonzalo Ordonez specializes in manga characters and is the author of the popular book Legendary Visions: The Art of Genzoman.
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  • Quentin Blake

    Joanna Carey

    Product Code: BBLKV
    Hardback
    Quentin Blake is a collaboration between Tate and the House of Illustration, published to coincide with the gallery's inaugural exhibition; Inside Stories, a landmark show by Quentin Blake. Quentin Blake is one of the best-known and highly-regarded illustrators of our time. Internationally celebrated for his partnership with Roald Dahl he has also, in a career of fifty years, had extended collaborations with other authors such as Russell Hoban, John Yeoman and Michael Rosen; created children's books of his own; and illustrated adult classics by Cervantes, Cyrano de Bergerac, Voltaire and La Fontaine. In recent years his work has appeared extensively on the walls of museums, hospitals, and other public spaces. Joanna Carey's writes a brilliant survey of Blake's oeuvre, at once intimate, perceptive and illuminating, and written with a brio and elan which matches that of her subject.
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  • Haganai

    Yomi Hirasaka

    Product Code: BBDNL
    Paperback
    BEST FRIENDS FOREVER...YEAH, RIGHT.

    As summer break draws to a close, the Neighbors Club members decide to make the most of it! And what could be more seasonally appropriate than bonding during an overnight trip at a beach house, or going to a festival and having a little "friendly" competition?

    It's all good in theory, but there's one thing this dysfunctional club can always count on: if something can go wrong, it will! In a whirlwind of festive fun and scary stories, Kodaka's past may just come back to haunt him.

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  • 25 Quick Cartoon Characters

    Product Code: BALBD
    Paperback
    From knitting personality Vickie Howell comes an adorable collection of modern baby knits featuring a fresh new take garter stitch, everyone s go-to for easy projects. Taking this stitch into new creative territory, Howell designer, author, "Knit Simple(r) "columnist, and host of PBS "Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell "has created 28 standout garments for boys and girls, including plenty of unisex items. These pieces wow with their inventiveness and modern appeal including stylish fringed moccasins, a boho hooded poncho, a feathered pom-pom toboggan hat, and a baby Cowichan sweater that grownup knitters will envy!"
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  • Mangamania

    Christopher Hart

    Product Code: BAKZK
    Paperback
    Learn how to draw adorable, tiny manga pals! Best-selling author, Christopher Hart, teaches budding artists how to master the techniques of drawing cute little manga characers in this essential how-to-draw volume.
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  • Cartooning Stylish Characters

    Christopher Hart

    Product Code: BAKZJ
    Paperback
    Adult coloring book fans will delight in these beautifully drawn and inviting idyllic settings. Created by illustrator and paper-cutting artist Mihoko garden Kurihara, "Harmony of Nature" presents pastoral vignettes both whimsical and serene: squirrels and birds, field mice and rabbits, deer, butterflies, foxes, and more, all surrounded by halcyon havens of lush florals. Each drawing imparts a welcome sense of calm, and the book also includes eight pages of aspirational full-color art plus two heavy-stock pages that can be cut out and used for framing or gift tags."
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  • The Art of Comic Book Writing

    Mark Kneece

    Product Code: BAKDH
    Paperback
    With this latest book in the SCAD Creative Essentials series from the esteemed Savannah College of Art and Design, comics writer and instructor Mark Kneece gives aspiring comic book writers the essential tools they need to write scripts for sequential art with confidence and success. He provides a practical set of guidelines favoured by many comic book publishers and uses a unique trial and error approach to show would-be scribes the potential pitfalls they might encounter when seeking a career in comics writing. The Art of Comic Book Writing strips away the mysteries of this popular artform and provides real-world advice and easy-to-follow examples for those looking to write for the comics medium.
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  • Dressing

    Michael DeForge

    Product Code: BAILG
    Hardback
    Michael DeForge makes comics like no one else. This collection of the cartoonist's mini-comics, zines, anthology work, and more, is a follow up to the award-winning Very Casual, and shows the artist at the height of his occasionally fever-induced powers. A prolific artist who is constantly producing work in a variety of media, DeForge is a designer and storyboard artist on the Emmy Award-winning show Adventure Time. One can see hints of that show's house style filtered through the Lynchian landscapes and otherworldly vistas of DeForge's vision. Michael DeForge currently lives and works in Toronto as a cartoonist, commercial illustrator, and designer for the hit Cartoon Network program Adventure Time. His one-person anthology series Lose has received great critical and commercial success, having been nominated for every major comics award including the Ignatz and Eisner Awards.
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  • Heath Robinson: On Travel

    William Heath Robinson

    Product Code: AZWXX
    Paperback
    'I really have a secret satisfaction in being considered rather mad.' The name of William Heath Robinson has entered the national vocabulary as a by-word for eccentric inventions and makeshift solutions - and with good reason. His world of cogs, bits of string, magnets and precarious tipping points holds a universal appeal. The world of travel is lampooned and reinvented in this brilliantly funny collection of Heath Robinson cartoons. The railway system, cars, boats and planes are all given the unique Heath Robinson treatment, from cow-catching devices to homemade safety gliders, providing hilarious and impossible solutions to the travel problems we never even knew existed.
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  • Heath Robinson: Wonderful Contraptions and Extraordinary Inventions

    William Heath Robinson

    Product Code: AZTCE
    Paperback
    'I really have a secret satisfaction in being considered rather mad.' The name of William Heath Robinson has entered the national vocabulary as a by-word for eccentric inventions and makeshift solutions - and with good reason. His world of cogs, bits of string, magnets and precarious tipping points holds a universal appeal. Whacky machines and bemusing solutions to everyday problems are brought to life in this hilarious collection of cartoons from Heath Robinson. From wart removers to potato peelers to an early version of the holiday selfie, this much-loved classic illustrator and would-be inventor shows us that there really can be a gadget for everything!
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  • Return to Green Falls

    Yves Sente

    Product Code: AYWFC
    Paperback
    XIII returns to his childhood home once more but the stakes have never been so high.
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  • Canadian Graphic

    Candida Rifkind

    Product Code: AYTSY
    Paperback
    This book presents critical essays on contemporary Canadian cartoonists working in various forms of graphic life narrative, from confession to memoir to biography. The contributors draw on literary theory, visual studies, and cultural history to ask why and how Canadian cartoonists have become so prominent in the international market for comic books based on real-life experiences. The essays explore the highly varied visual styles and auto/biographical storytelling techniques of Canadian cartoonists both well known (Chester Brown, Seth, and Julie Doucet) and emerging (Sarah Leavitt, Scott Chantler, Ho Che Anderson, and David Alexander Robertson). Canadian Graphic also considers the role of graphic life narratives in reimagining the national past, from Indigenoussettler relations to both world wars to Quebec's Quiet Revolution. The editors argue that no single stylistic or thematic school of Canadian graphic life narratives exists, even as these works share a concern with the spectacular vulnerability of the self. Contributors use a range of approaches and methodologies to analyse the political, aesthetic, and narrative tensions embedded in these works between self and other, memory and history, individual and collective. An original contribution to the study of auto/biography, alternative comics, and Canadian print culture, Canadian Graphic proposes new ways of reading the intersection of comics and auto/ biography both within and across national boundaries.
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  • Tarzan- Versus the Nazis

    Don Garden

    Product Code: AYQFN
    Hardback
    THE WORLD-FAMOUS COMIC STRIP, RESTORED AND COLLECTED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ITS ENTIRETY! Following on from"Tarzan in the City of Gold"and"Tarzan Versus The Barbarians, Tarzan Versus The Nazis"is the third of four exclusive volumes authorized by the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate, collecting the entire run of the legendary Tarzan comic strip by one of the most influential artists of the 20th Century, Burne Hogarth (with Don Garden)."
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  • Beginner's Guide to Comic Art: Characters

    3DTotal Publishing

    Product Code: AYKOH
    Paperback
    Your journey into the world of comic art begins here! 3dtotal's latest successful Beginner's Guide delves into the creative processes behind great comic art, outlining both the traditional and digital tools of the trade. Learn all about the comic workflow, from storyboarding to speech balloons, line art, inking, coloring, and background gradients. A comprehensive comic art theory chapter will help you get to grips with narrative, composition, perspective, depth, light, color, anatomy, and environments. Learn the tricks of the trade as top artists create a mini comic book from scratch, describing in detail their working process. A visual glossary of everything from bounding boxes to poses and expressions, plus a breakdown gallery, will also help you on your way to comic success!
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  • Masters of Spanish Comic Book Art

    Manuel Sanjulian

    Product Code: AYJMT
    Hardback
    Masters Of Spanish Comic Book Art is a celebration of the great artists who revolutionized horror comics in the 1970s with their work on Warren's Vampirella, Creepy, and Eerie horror comics. This first-ever comprehensive history of Spanish comic books and Spanish comic artists reveals their extraordinary success -- not just in Spain and America, but around the world. Containing artwork from over 80 artists, this in-depth retrospective includes profiles of such legends as Esteban Maroto, Sanjulian, Jose Gonzalez, Jordi Bernet, Enrich, Victor De La Fuente, Jose Ortiz and Luis Garcia Mozos. With 500 illustrations, over half scanned directly from the original artwork, Masters Of Spanish Comic Book Art honors the "Golden Generation" whose artwork inspired the imagination of comic book lovers everywhere.
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  • Behaving Madly

    Jack Davis

    Product Code: AYHUC
    Hardback
    When "Mad" was turned into a magazine in 1954, every publisher and his uncle came up with his own version, often using the same talent. "Behaving Madly" presents 200 pages of never reprinted material by Bill Elder, Jack Davis, John Severin, Al Jaffee, Joe Maneely, Jack Kirby, Ross Andru, Joe Kubert, Russ Heath, Bob Powell, Howard Nostrand, Basil Wolverton, Steve Ditko, Lee Elias, and many others. This coffee table art book is produced by comic strip historian Ger Apeldoorn and Eisner winner Craig Yoe. Looking for a little more excitement in your life? Get mad and get Snafu, Lunatickle, Cockeyed, Crazy, Thimk, Frenzy, Frantic, Loco, Panic, and Zany, too!
    • £25.49
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