Friday, December 17, 2010
Book Review:Creating Comics! 47 Master Artists Reveal the Techniques and Inspiration Behind Their Comic Genius
Author: Judith Salavetz
Author: Spencer Drate
Foreword by: Paul Gulacy
Format: Paperback, 176 Pages
Publisher: Rockport Publishers
Comics are a unique form of storytelling created by talented and visionary artists. Creating Comics! is the first book to truly explore the backstories of the most talented visual artists currently practicing. Two of the most successful comic artists, Paul Gulacy and Michael Cavallaro, pen the foreword and introduction of the book, setting the tone for a truly remarkable collection of interviews from artists. Featured artists include Ryan Alexander-Tanner, Joseph Arthur, Gregory Benton, Ben Brown, Jeffrey Brown, Keith Carter, Michael Cavallaro, Amanda Conner, Henry Covert, Molly Crabapple, Marguerite Dabaie, Fly, Dylan Gibson, Michael Golden, Dan Goldman, Paul Gulacy, Chris Haughton, Glenn Head, Danny Hellman, John Holmstrom, R. Kikuo Johnson, Justin Kavoussi, Jim Lawson, Sonia Leong, Benjamin Marra, Paul Maybury, Tara McPherson, Josh Neufeld, Hyeondo Park, Chari Pere, Paul Pope, James Romberger/Marguerite Van Cook, J.J. Sedelmaier, Dash Shaw, R. Sikoryak, Maria Smedstad, Steve Spatucci, Jim Steranko, Denis St. John, Ward Sutton, Neil Swaab, Mark Texeira, Shawnti Therrien, Sara Varon, and Todd Webb. These artists walk readers through their conceptual process when devising story lines with powerful graphics. This is a must-read for all graphic novel enthusiasts!
For an avid lover of comics and graphic novels of all kinds, I was keen to get my hands on this book to see how the masters create their work. While some of the artists I’d never heard of before and some of the art work was not the greatest, the overall scope of this book was brilliant.
The book is set out with a chapter for each of the 47 comic artists to showcase their work and explain how they work in creating their finished product. Each artist works to their own formula, and it was interesting to see how this varied depending on who was discussing the chapter.
It was extremely interesting to see the process used by artists from the inception of the idea to the story board to the finished product.
This is a definite must have for anyone interested in pursuing a career as a comic artist.