National Library Week

Last week was National Library Week, and, well not to toot our own horn, it’s a pretty awesome week. Created in the 1950’s when libraries were perceived to be losing their cultural relevance to television, radio, and music, National Library Week was devised to get people to consider reading for leisure in a world filled with distractions. Comic books and graphic novels have been seen as much more “recreational” than other types of readings.

It is important to celebrate libraries as often as we can, which are why things like National Library Week are so important.

This year’s library week theme is #librarymade to celebrate things patrons have made at the library or made through skills acquired through library materials. So, I thought it would be fun to highlight some resource which patrons could use to become library creators in their own rights.

How to make WebComics cover“How to Make Web Comics”
by Scott Kurtz, Kris Straub, Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar

For many artists, the digital realm is their playground. Self-publishing webcomics has become a successful venture for many artist and authors to showcase their unique talents and attributes. From website design to branding and monetizing your product, this book has it all.

Alan Moore's Writing for Comics“Alan Moore’s Writing for Comics”
by Alan Moore

Alan Moore, author of great comics including “Watchmen,” “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” and “From Hell,” is definitely the rower of his own boat. A very independent thinker, “Writing for Comics” requires the reader to have a lot of knowledge of comic book history in order to digest this book. Focusing more on story telling than comics per se, Moore’s essays are sure to stretch any creative mind.

Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics“Understand Comics: The Invisible Art”
by Scott McCloud

Scott McCloud is a must read for those interested in learning more about the mechanics of the graphic narrative. Often referred to as the “Aristotle of comics,” if you’re looking for a theoretical framework for comics, this is the book for you. McCloud believes that the key to understanding comics is to understand the history, vocabulary, and different methods for the graphic narrative.

Will Eisner Instruction Books
“Comics and Sequential Art,” “Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative,” and “Expressive Anatomy for Comics and Narratives: Principles and Practices from the Legendary Cartoonist”

Eisner Comics and Sequential Art Eisner Expressive anatomy for comics and narrative Eisner's Graphic Storytelling and visual narrative

Will Eisner’s instructional books are truly wise words from a master. This three part group of books are a must read for any aspiring comic creator. These books cover all aspects of comic book creation from writing, to using pictures to tell the story and the theories of graphic novels. Adapted from his course at the New York School of Visual Arts, Eisner explores the fundamentals of storytelling in all forms. He goes on to describe the relationship between the written words and graphical images must work together to tell a complete story

If you are going to have any instructional books about comic creations on your shelves, these six books are musts on your shelves.