How Comics Work

How Comics Work by Dave Gibbons and Tim Pilcher

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Format: Paperback / softback, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9782888933410
Publisher: RotoVision
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"I would have to say this is the comic book equivalent to Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species." - Forbidden Planet International

A masterclass taught by Britain’s first Comics Laureate , Dave Gibbons, this is the most authoritative guide on how comics are made today. Packed full of rare and unpublished material from Gibbons’ archive it reveals insider tips on how comics such as 2000 AD and Watchmen were made. Written in collaboration with award-winning writer and editor Tim Pilcher, this unique guide takes you through each stage of the comic’s creation process, from scriptwriting, to moving through character and superhero design, to lettering and colouring and finally on to covers and logo design. Throughout this insightful course are real-life examples of Gibbons’ art, revealing how he solved actual problems with practical solutions, and unique behind-the-scenes insights into the creative process. Learn the stages of layout and page planning through the initial designs of Give Me Liberty; discover Gibbons handy tips for lettering using never-before-seen examples from The Originals; and find out the secrets of successful writing with sample scripts from The World’s Finest and The Secret Service.

Dave Gibbons is one of the most famous comic creators working today, with over 40 years experience, having worked for every major publisher in the US and UK. He is most famous for his collaborations with Alan Moore, including Watchmen, and was last year named Britain’s first comics laureate. Throughout this insightful course are real-life examples of Gibbons’ art, revealing how he solved actual problems with practical solutions, and yielding unique behind-the-scenes insights into the creative process. All of the examples are scanned from original artwork, sketches, and preparatory designs, many of which have never been published before. Learn the stages of layout and page planning via the initial designs of Give Me Liberty; discover Gibbons’ handy tips for lettering using never-before-seen examples from The Originals; and find out the secrets of successful writing with sample scripts from The World’s Finest and The Secret Service.

Tim Pilcher is a pop culture expert and has worked in and around the comics industry for over 20 years as a writer and editor. He initially started as an assistant editor at DC Comics' Vertigo imprint. He was associate editor on the trade paper, Comics International. He has written comics for the BBC, DeAgostini, Weldon Owen, and the Young Telegraph, and has worked for numerous book publishers, including Penguin Children's Books and Dorling Kindersley. Pilcher has written over 16 books on comics, including the bestselling Erotic Comics: A Graphic History, Comic Book Babylon, The Little Books of Vintage... series, The Complete Cartooning Course, and The Essential Guide to World Comics with Brad Brooks. He has also contributed to numerous other books including Comix: The Underground Revolution, 500 Comicbook Action Heroes, The Slings and Arrows Comic Guide (1st Edition), 500 Essential Graphic Novels and War Comics: A Graphic History. He has lectured on comics at Reading University, UCL, The ICA, Dublin Trinity College, The Imperial War Museum, and The British Library. He is the UK liaison for international graphic novel publisher, Humanoids. He occasionally updates his intermittent blog, Sex, Drugs and Comic Books

Format: Paperback / softback, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9782888933410
Size: 8.976 in x 10.236 in / 228 mm x 260 mm
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"Gibbons has  joined forces with writer and comics expert Tim Pilcher to reveal all he knows about how to write, design and create successful graphic narratives."
"How Comics Work sets the standard for an approachable examination of how the medium functions and what it can accomplish." 5/5
"The next best thing to an actual apprenticeship with Dave Gibbons."
"It is an enjoyable read and warrants a place on the shelf of someone who wants to make comic books or someone who is interested in the process behind the comic books they love."
"This is the Dave Gibbons way of making comics, and well he’s a goddamn legend, so it’s worth paying attention to for that alone."
"Dave Gibbons shares insights, influences and a glut of archive material covering every stage of the creative process." 4/5
"For someone who’s wanting to or already dabbling in creating their own comics, the contents of this book is invaluable."
"Whether looking at sketching, lettering or writing, Dave Gibbons one-stop, one-step guide to comic production gives you the insight and professional tips that only a master of the craft would know."
"Here is a manifesto for defeating the tyranny of the blank page for those who strive to find expression using comic book story telling techniques."
"Filled with beautiful art and those of us who simply love comics will get a kick out of turning the page and learning how various iconic graphic novels were constructed. This is vital for fans of comics - both casual and professional."
"Many books have been written about creating comics for all ages, but with the publication of Dave Gibbons & Tim Pilcher’s How Comics Work, we may finally have the definitive manual."
 
"How Comics Work isn't just essential because it covers every aspect of comics creation, from writing and penciling to colouring and lettering, but because it represents the life's knowledge of one of the medium's most successful creators."