Mastering Comics Drawing Words & Writing Pictures Continued

Jessica Abel and Matt Madden

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336 Pages



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In their hotly anticipated follow-up to 2008's comics textbook Drawing Words & Writing Pictures, School of Visual Arts cartooning professors Matt Madden and Jessica Abel bring their expertise to bear on the "second semester" of a course of study for the budding cartoonist.

Covering advanced topics such as story composition, coloring, and file formatting, Mastering Comics is a vital companion to the introductory content of the first volume.


Praise for Mastering Comics

"Technically precise, zippy, and inspiring, this is an outstanding teaching book."—Booklist

"A gold mine of essential information for every aspiring comics artist. Highly recommended."—Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics and Making Comics

"Matt and Jessica's experience, both in the classroom and at the drawing board, has resulted in a book that should help any aspiring cartoonist. A go-to how-to that will undoubtedly be of tremendous aid for any school or instructor attempting to map out a thoughtful and engaging cartooning curriculum."—James Sturm, The Center for Cartoon Studies

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  • Jessica Abel and Matt Madden

  • Husband and wife duo Matt Madden and Jessica Abel teach comics courses at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Mastering Comics brings together their most effective lessons. Abel and Madden are cartoonists in their own right. In their spare time, they edit the Best American Comics series.

  • Jessica Abel
    Jessica Abel