Saturday, March 12, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: Bryan Hitch’s Ultimate Comics Studio

Title: Bryan Hitch’s Ultimate Comics Studio

Author: Bryan Hitch

Publisher: David & Charles

RRP: $39.99

ISBN: 9781600613265

Release Date: 2010

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The world's top comic artist Bryan Hitch explores his inspirations, approaches and techniques through a stunning collection of his finest pieces from Marvel, as well as brand new pieces commissioned especially for this book. Packed with information, practical tips on panel composition, storytelling, tools and materials, inspiration and references, how to break into the industry and much more, this is the long awaited guide and a must-have for Bryan Hitch fans all over the world. Including a foreword by writer, director and producer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Joss Whedon, this is a veritable visual feast of dynamic, impactful art for comic fans all over the world.

About the Author

Bryan Hitch is the world's most popular comic book illustrator who is best known for his role as co-creator and writer on bestselling The Authority (DC) and The Ultimates (Marvel). Bryan was also character design artist for the Ultimate Avengers animated films, the video game Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, and concept artist for the re-launch of Doctor Who. Visit


Bryan Hitch has drawn for a variety of Marvel Comics such as The Avengers, Fantastic Four, The Ultimates and Captain America. Bryan Hitch's Ultimate Comics Studio looks at the process that Hitch uses on a daily basis to create a professional level of comic.

Unlike other art books in the Impact range, Bryan Hitch's Ultimate Comics Studio isn’t a book that a beginner can pick up and progressively work through to learn skills as a graphic novel artist. It is more of a book for the accomplished artist who wants to step up to become a published artist. As such, the book is set out with chapters on storytelling, composition, drawing and how to find work.

One of the best aspects of this book is how Hitch uses his own work to break down into the various stages and steps in creating a comic. As a well known artist, his tips and analysis on the different stages of production are insightful and well worth understanding. Hitch covers from laying down the initial roughs and layouts to inks, colour and the finished product.

Very helpful book.

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