Adventures in Cartooning: How to Turn Your Doodles Into Comics

Adventures in Cartooning: How to Turn Your Doodles Into Comics


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596433694
Publisher: First Second
Publication date: 03/31/2009
Series: Adventures in Cartooning
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 85,443
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

James Sturm is the author of award-winning graphic novels for children and adults, including James Sturm's America, Market Day, The Golem's Mighty Swing and Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow. He is the founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies. He lives in White River Junction, Vermont.

Andrew Arnold and Alexis Frederick-Frost are graduates of the Center for Cartoon Studies. Arnold lives in New York and works in publishing. Frederick-Frost lives outside of Boston and works at a library.

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Adventures in Cartooning: How to Turn Your Doodles into Comics 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Katya0133 on LibraryThing 20 days ago
This is sort of like the baby version of Scott McCloud's "Understanding Comics." Very cute.
kivarson on LibraryThing 20 days ago
Witty and engaging--truly the perfect "J" book for aspiring cartoonists. Through the charming tale of a candy-eating dragon and valiant knights, Sturm, Arnold and Frederick-Frost explain the art of creating stories by illustrating panels upon a page. Spoiler alert--although their story is told in "boxes", the princess of this story refuses to stay in hers.
JeneenNammar on LibraryThing 20 days ago
2nd to 5th. The graphic novel Adventures in Cartooning is a great way for kids to learn how to be a cartoonist. In it, a little flying elf helps a knight on his adventure and explains cartooning rules along the way. For example the elf explains how to draw a character so that it looks like it is moving (with lines behind him) and how to draw a panel so that it looks as if the characters are in an enclosed space (by dotting your panel lines). As soon as these rules are presented to the barely tolerant knight, they are executed and the story never slows down. Sturm's illustration style is a cartoon one of course. It has a younger look to it versus a teenage graphic novel. Which is fitting as this book definitely has its ready-made audience in kids excited to begin cartooning- a definite stage for elementary school aged boys. This book is highly recommended to public and elementary school libraries.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing 20 days ago
A delightful book that tells a story of a knight who wants to fight a dragon, so off he goes on his adventure but along the way a Magic Elf accompanies him and teaches him the art of cartooning. Illustrations are drawn in Ed Emberley style and Ed is given a nod for his inspiration at the back where instructions on how to draw the knight, elf and horse are given. Throughout the book cartooning lingo is introduced and the aspects that make up a comic: panels, bubbles, sound effects, etc. All within the confines of a delightful, humourous story. A very unique book which will bring out the cartoonist in any aspiring artist who may feel overwhelmed at getting started. An actual child's example is shown at the back of the book. Highly recommended.
PhantomoftheLibrary on LibraryThing 20 days ago
"Adventures in Cartooning" is the brainchild of three professional artists trying to write a simple "how-to" guide for young ladies and gentlemen aspiring to get into the trade. Readers follow the story of a knight, a horse and an elf as they discuss cartooning techniques and lingo. When the combination of jargon and plot gets too thick, the jargon drops off, leaving the plot to be the forerunner. A delightful book with several twists and turns to keep one's attention, "Adventures in Cartooning" is a great beginner's reference to doodling, cartooning and comic'ing, and a fun read as well.
jegka on LibraryThing 20 days ago
A fun little book that explains how to draw a comic. Meanwhile the knight is just trying to get past all the lessons to save his princess from a dragon. Cute premise.
CAmbs on LibraryThing 20 days ago
Accolades for Adventures in Cartooning include - ALSC Notable Children's Book; CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI); NYPL Book for Reading and Sharing; Booklist Top 10 Graphic Novel for Youth; Booklist Top Ten Art Book for Kids ; Library Media Connection Best of the Best; Illinois Bluestem Book Award ML; Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List; Rhode Island Children's Book Award Master List; Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master ListCartooning techniques are presented and encouraged as a magical elf helps a brave knight and his not so brave horse on a quest to rescue a princess from a dragon.Humor abounds in this brillant "how to turn your doodles into comics" book. Some of the techniques included are panel types and terms, plot development and expression through line. Some elements such as plot development are not overtly stated. This book encourages drawing by the very style in which it is illustrated. It also includes an example that realistically presents what a child's attempt at cartooning might end up like. There is a natural use of language in this book and the storyline is quite engaging. The likable characters actively strive to give confidence to the reader. This book is geared toward readers aged 6-10 but it has a broad appeal.
Directsales4me More than 1 year ago
Easy to read and learn to draw simple, but good pictures and create a story
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My son, who is 7, LOVED this book. His favorite part is that it is so imaginative. The characters tell a story through cartoons, but there's enough writing to get a full story (and it's good for new readers). He thought it was funny and cool (his words)
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