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  • Issue #1
    Art of Cartooning, The (1937) 1

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    Written and Illustrated by Chuck Thorndike. Instructional Cartooning book cover the basics of Caricature, Anatomy, and Animated Cartoons. Saddle Stitched, 8 1/2-in x 11-in, 40 Pages, B&W Cover price $1.00.

  • Issue #1-1ST
    Art of Comic Book Inking SC (1997-2002 Dark Horse) 1st Edition 1-1ST

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    1st Edition - Volume 1 - 1st printing.

    Written by Gary Martin. Art by Steve Rude, Gary Martin, Terry Austin, Brian Bolland, Mark Farmer, Rudy Nabres, Kevin Nowlan, Jerry Ordway, Tom Palmer, Joe Rubinstein, P. Craig Russel, Mark Schultz, Dave Stevens, Karl Story, Bill Stout, and Scott Williams.

    What does a comic-book inker do? Is an inker responsible for the coloring? Does an inker just trace over the lines? How much of the line work is done by computer? Learn the answers, and the stylized techniques, from the professionals!

    This book, full of tips from the comics industry's greatest living inkers, is for aspiring inkers, untrained professional inkers, pencillers who want to become more inker-friendly, and the majority of editors who work in comics today.

    Softcover, 8 1/2-in. x 11-in., B&W.

    Cover price $14.95.

  • Issue #1-REP
    Art of Comic Book Inking SC (1997-2002 Dark Horse) 1st Edition 1-REP

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    1st Edition - Volume 1 - 2nd and later printings.

    Written by Gary Martin. Art by Steve Rude, Gary Martin, Terry Austin, Brian Bolland, Mark Farmer, Rudy Nabres, Kevin Nowlan, Jerry Ordway, Tom Palmer, Joe Rubinstein, P. Craig Russel, Mark Schultz, Dave Stevens, Karl Story, Bill Stout, and Scott Williams.

    What does a comic-book inker do? Is an inker responsible for the coloring? Does an inker just trace over the lines? How much of the line work is done by computer? Learn the answers, and the stylized techniques, from the professionals!

    This book, full of tips from the comics industry's greatest living inkers, is for aspiring inkers, untrained professional inkers, pencillers who want to become more inker-friendly, and the majority of editors who work in comics today.

    Softcover, 8 1/2-in. x 11-in., B&W.

    Cover price $14.95.

  • Issue #2-1ST
    Art of Comic Book Inking SC (1997-2002 Dark Horse) 1st Edition 2-1ST

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    1st Edition - Volume 2 - 1st printing.

    Written by Gary Martin. Art by Brent Anderson, Randy Green, Terry Dodson, Adam Warren, Mike Royer, Hilary Barta, Steve Leiahola, Al Gordon, Michael Bair, Randy Emberlin, Alex Garner, Rachel Dodson, and Karl Kesel.

    Gary Martin's The Art of Comic-Book Inking has become an industry-standard how-to guide for ink artists, but Gary hasn't been resting on his laurels. Since AoCBI's release, Gary has discussed his book with hundreds of inkers, aspiring and professional, and now he's produced an accompanying volume to fulfill inkers' most common requests.

    The Art of Comic-Book Inking II includes new sections regarding the inking of animation-styled pencils and how to problem-solve a myriad of common inking headaches, plus a handy compendium of textures and effects to give any inking assignment variety and verve. And in this volume, another small army of top professional black-fingered maestros -- Martin, Karl Kesel, Alex Garner, Al Gordon, Rachel Dodson, Steve Leialoha, Randy Emberlin, Michael Bair, and Mike Royer -- tackle the pencil art of four artists -- Terry Dodson, Brent Anderson, Adam Warren, and Randy Green -- each with vastly different styles that create diverse embellishing challenges. And each of these penciled pages is included, reproduced in non-photo blue on full-size, high-quality art board so that every aspiring inker can try their own approach and have potential professional samples ready for action!

    Softcover, 8 1/2-in. x 11-in., 64 pages, B&W.

    Cover price $14.95.

  • Issue #1-1ST
    Art of Comic Book Inking SC (2005 Dark Horse) 2nd Edition 1-1ST

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    2nd Edition - 1st printing.

    Written by Gary Martin. Art by Steve Rude, Gary Martin, Terry Austin, Brian Bolland, Mark Farmer, Rudy Nabres, Kevin Nowlan, Jerry Ordway, Tom Palmer, Joe Rubinstein, P. Craig Russel, Mark Schultz, Dave Stevens, Karl Story, Bill Stout, Scott Williams, Brent Anderson, Randy Green, Terry Dodson, Adam Warren, Mike Royer, Hilary Barta, Steve Leiahola, Al Gordon, Michael Bair, Randy Emberlin, Alex Garner, Rachel Dodson, and Karl Kesel.

    Gary Martin's two volumes of The Art of Comic-Book Inking have become the industry-standard manuals for aspiring inkers seeking to take their work to the next level or for working professionals looking to broaden their skills base.

    Now, these two textbooks have been combined into a single value-priced volume and expanded with new material, including three additional blue-lined art boards featuring pencil art by master comics illustrators Jack Kirby, John Buscema, and Gil Kane. Gain insights into the techniques, tools, and approaches of some of the finest delineators in comics today, including Terry Austin, Mark Farmer, Scott Williams, Alex Garner, and many more. When putting pen or brush to paper, no tool is more helpful than The Art of Comic-Book Inking.

    Includes eight full-sized blue-lined art boards featuring pencil art by some of the top illustrators in the comics industry, present and past, to use for practice and/or to use as samples to show to editors and publishers.

    Combines volumes one and two of the acclaimed Art of Comic- Book Inking!

    Softcover, 8 1/2-in. x 11-in., 192 pages, B&W.

    Cover price $24.95.

  • Issue #1-REP
    Art of Comic Book Inking SC (2005 Dark Horse) 2nd Edition 1-REP

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    2nd Edition - 2nd and later printings.

    Written by Gary Martin. Art by Steve Rude, Gary Martin, Terry Austin, Brian Bolland, Mark Farmer, Rudy Nabres, Kevin Nowlan, Jerry Ordway, Tom Palmer, Joe Rubinstein, P. Craig Russel, Mark Schultz, Dave Stevens, Karl Story, Bill Stout, Scott Williams, Brent Anderson, Randy Green, Terry Dodson, Adam Warren, Mike Royer, Hilary Barta, Steve Leiahola, Al Gordon, Michael Bair, Randy Emberlin, Alex Garner, Rachel Dodson, and Karl Kesel.

    Gary Martin's two volumes of The Art of Comic-Book Inking have become the industry-standard manuals for aspiring inkers seeking to take their work to the next level or for working professionals looking to broaden their skills base.

    Now, these two textbooks have been combined into a single value-priced volume and expanded with new material, including three additional blue-lined art boards featuring pencil art by master comics illustrators Jack Kirby, John Buscema, and Gil Kane. Gain insights into the techniques, tools, and approaches of some of the finest delineators in comics today, including Terry Austin, Mark Farmer, Scott Williams, Alex Garner, and many more. When putting pen or brush to paper, no tool is more helpful than The Art of Comic-Book Inking.

    Includes eight full-sized blue-lined art boards featuring pencil art by some of the top illustrators in the comics industry, present and past, to use for practice and/or to use as samples to show to editors and publishers.

    Combines volumes one and two of the acclaimed Art of Comic- Book Inking!

    Softcover, 8 1/2-in. x 11-in., 192 pages, B&W.

    Cover price $29.99.

  • Issue #1-1ST
    Art of Comic Book Inking SC (2019 Dark Horse) 3rd Edition 1-1ST
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    3rd Edition - 1st printing.

    Written by Gary Martin. Art by Steve Rude, Gary Martin, Terry Austin, Brian Bolland, Mark Farmer, Rudy Nabres, Kevin Nowlan, Jerry Ordway, Tom Palmer, Joe Rubinstein, P. Craig Russel, Mark Schultz, Dave Stevens, Karl Story, Bill Stout, Scott Williams, Brent Anderson, Randy Green, Terry Dodson, Adam Warren, Mike Royer, Hilary Barta, Steve Leiahola, Al Gordon, Michael Bair, Randy Emberlin, Alex Garner, Rachel Dodson, and Karl Kesel.

    Learn the techniques, tools, and approaches of some of the finest inkers in comics, and use the included eight full-sized blue-lined art boards featuring pencil art by top comics illustrators for practice or as samples to show editors. This expanded edition includes new art and text by Gary Martin and a bonus chapter on digital inking. Along with pen, brush, and stylus, no inking tool is more useful than The Art of Comic-Book Inking.

    Softcover, 208 pages, B&W.

    Cover price $34.99.

  • Issue #1-1ST
    Art of the Graphic Memoir SC (2018 Griffin Books) 1-1ST Art of the Graphic Memoir SC (2018 Griffin Books) 1-1ST

    1st printing.

    By Tom Hart.

    New York Times-bestselling author and Eisner-nominated cartoonist Tom Hart has written a poignant and instructive guide for all aspiring graphic memoirists detailing the tenets of artistry and story-telling inherent in the medium. Hart examines what makes a graphic memoir great, and shows you how to do it. With two dozen professional examples and a deep-dive into his own story, Hart encourages readers to hone their signature style in the best way to represent their journeys on the page. With clear examples and visual aids, The Art of the Graphic Memoir is emotive, creative, and accessible.

    Softcover, 8-in. x 9-in., 176 pages, PC.

    Cover price $25.99.

  • Issue #1
    Automobile Cartoons (1940 Philadelphia Automobile Show) 1

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    Art and Cover by Frank Webb. Simple cartoonist instruction book using letters of Automobile Company names as bases for cartoon drawings. 24 pages, B&W

  • Issue #1-1ST
    Basic Perspective for Comics and Illustration SC (2003 Blue Line Art) By Pat Quinn 1-1ST

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    1st printing. By Pat Quinn. Artistic technician Pat Quinn dissects every aspect of perspective in comics for this ultimate handbook on creating the illusion of space on a flat surface. With this handbook, the mystery behind the techniques and principles of perceptive will be painstakingly revealed and fully broken down with step-by-step visuals. Simple concepts such as vanishing points and horizon lines will be demonstrated as the basic framework for placing anything in perspective as well as creating time honored dynamic storytelling effects. Softcover, 56 pages, full color. Cover price $12.95.

  • Issue #1-1ST
    Beginner's Guide to Creating Manga Art SC (2013 3dtotal) 1-1ST

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    1st printing. Written by Steven Cummings and Gonzalo Ordonez. Art by Steven Cummings. With the recent influx of Far East games, anime, and comics into the western world, manga is becoming an increasingly popular art form. Beginner's Guide to Creating Manga Art explores the core aspects of this emerging artistic style and takes you through the process of designing manga-style characters from the initial concept to full-color images. These talented artists open a window into their world and present tutorials covering everything from drawing features, anatomy, and expressions to designing clothing, perfecting poses, and coloring characters with a mixture of traditional and digital artistic tools. Softcover (Horizontal Format), 11-in. x 8 1/2-in., 240 pages, full color.

    Note: May or may NOT include plastic sleeve. Cover price $24.99.

  • Issue #1-1ST
    Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop: Characters SC (2015) 1-1ST

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    1st printing. By Charlie Bowater and Derek Stenning. Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting: Characters is a comprehensive guide for artists wishing to create convincing and detailed characters. It features established artists such as Charlie Bowater (concept artist at Atomhawk) and Derek Stenning (freelance concept artist and illustrator, with clients such as Marvel Entertainment and Nintendo) who share their industry experiences by covering such aspects as posing characters, choosing the correct costumes, conveying emotions, and creating suitable moods. Conclusive step-by-step instructions make this an invaluable resource for artists looking to learn new skills, as well as those pursuing the next level. Softcover, 8-in. x 11-in., 224 pages, PC/PB&W. Cover price $49.99.

  • Issue #1-1ST
    Beginner's Guide to Sketching: Characters, Creatures and Concepts SC (2015 3dtotal) 1-1ST

    1st printing. The ability to sketch confidently is an integral part to the beginning of any concept artist's workflow! The Beginner's Guide to Sketching: Characters, Creatures and Concepts teaches the fundamentals of sketching, showing how important concept sketching is to artists of all levels. Established artists such as Rovina Cai, Justin Gerard, Nick Harris, and Rebeca Puebla explain how and when to use a variety of sketching materials, before moving on to warm-up exercises and top tips. The book also features master projects that show how to progress from early concepts, through poses, designs and costume elements, to a completed scene. Softcover (Horizontal Format), 11-in. x 8-in., 208 pages, PC/PB&W. Cover price $37.99.

  • Issue #1-1ST
    Best of Sketch Magazine SC (2015 Afterburn Comics) 1-1ST

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    1st printing. By Robert Wayne Hickey. Sketch has been honored to serve the comic book creative community with helpful how-to demos and top-tier industry pro interviews. Now, re-mastered tutorials from some of Sketch's greatest issues have been collected for this essential volume of instructional comic-book techniques. This never dated information includes articles on penciling, digital coloring, and inking. Interviews include Michael Turner, Todd McFarlane, and Marc Silvestri, alongside how-to articles by Beau Smith, Tom Bierbaum, Joe Corroney, Dan Davis, Paul Sizer, Steve Oliff, and Flint Henry. Softcover, 8-in. x 11-in., 144 pages, PC/PB&W. Cover price $18.95.

  • Issue #1-1ST
    Bravest Warriors Things to Doodle and Do SC (2015 Kaboom) Cartoon Hangover 1-1ST

    1st printing. By Alan Brown. A collection of games, activities and drawing prompts inspired by Bravest Warriors. Holy Hardcore Hill Midgets! This book is so stuffed with stuff it's bad-doo crazy! Draw! Butter Lettuce, Catbug, Little Danny's Unitards. Do! Finger puppets, games, laugh at Little Danny's Unitards. Quit spooning in the bouncy house and get to drawing! And doing! Note: This book does not contain unauthorized cashews. Country pork rinds, however, are another matter entirely. Softcover, 8-in. x 11-in., 128 pages, B&W (Purple and White to be exact. All Ages Cover price $12.99.

  • Issue #1-REP
    Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing from Life SC (2009 Sterling Edition) 1-REP

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    2009 Edition - 2nd and later printings. By George B. Bridgman. The timeless classic on drawing human figures is back! This new, redesigned version of George W. Bridgman's landmark work combines six well-known books by the celebrated artist and lecturer, who taught figure and anatomy drawing for many years at New York City's Art Students League. This edition preserves Bridgman's lessons and original sketches, but now features a nostalgic, eye-catching cover that distinguishes it from the competition. Softcover, 8 1/2-in. x 11-in., 356 pages, B&W. Cover price $17.95.

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    Buster Brown's Painting Book HC (1916) NN

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    1st printing. Buster Brown's Painting and Drawing Book: A Child's Book of Fun and Work is a fun art instruction book for children to practice drawing and coloring. It introduces young artists to the primary colors with a series of sketches, starting with basic geometrical shapes and advancing to more complex shapes. The layout of the book is mostly side by side comparisons, with some full page examples, and is a mix of finished (sometimes colored) examples, rough sketches to be finished, and blank areas for creating a new drawing. Hardboard covers with cloth binding, b&w/color, oblong format 11" x 9", 54 pages.

  • Issue #1-1ST
    Cartooning and Commercial Art HC (1941) 1-1ST

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    1st Printing. Written by E.C. Matthews and Phillip Albaum. An Encyclopedia of Commercial Art and Advertising Crafts, Complete with Layouts, Lettering, Monograms and Fashion Design. Studies in Anatomy and Expression by the Great Masters. Hardcover, 382 Pages, B&W.

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    Cartooning SC (1992 Prentice Hall Press) By Polly Keener 1-1ST

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    1st printing. By Polly Keener. Foreword by Jim Davis. CARTOONING combines basic and advanced techniques - highlighted by advice from top professionals. Softcover, 8 1/2-in. x 11-in., 284 pages, B&W.

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    1st printing. By Jack Hamm. Here are tried and proven methods that explain, simplify and teach every one, regardless of age, the art of cartooning. Step-by-step procedures with more than 3,000 illustrations! Softcover, 8 1/2-in. x 11-in., 120 pages, B&W.

  • Issue #1-REP
    Cartooning the Head and Figure SC (1967 Grosset & Dunlap) By Jack Hamm 1-REP

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    2nd and later printings. By Jack Hamm. Here are tried and proven methods that explain, simplify and teach every one, regardless of age, the art of cartooning. Step-by-step procedures with more than 3,000 illustrations! Softcover, 8 1/2-in. x 11-in., 120 pages, B&W.

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    Cartoonist's Big Book of Drawing Animals SC (2008 Watson-Guptill) 1-1ST

    1st printing. By Christopher Hart. Through simple, step-by-step drawings, The Cartoonist's Big Book of Drawing Animals shows young artists how to capture every cartoon emotion, from cutesy-sweet to begging to scheming, and how to create every box-office type, from baby animals to villain animals to clueless animals, and much more. Faces, bodies, paws, feet, wings, tails - every part of dozens of animals is explained in this bumper book by the world's leading author of instructional art books. Softcover, 8 1/2-in. x 11-in., 224 pages, PC/B&W. Cover price $21.95.

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    1st printing. By David Macaulay. CASTLE was a Caldecott Medal Honor Book and ALA Notable Book. With typical zest and wry sense of humor, David Macaulay has traced the step-by-step planning and construction of both castle and town from the hiring of skilled master engineer to the actual test of castle defenses when hundreds of Welsh soldiers launch a direct attack. Softcover, 9-in.x 12-in., 80 pages, B&W. Cover price $6.95.

  • Issue #1-REP
    Castle SC (1977 Houghton Mifflin) By David Macaulay 1-REP

    2nd and later printings. NOTE: Covers on reprints may vary. By David Macaulay. CASTLE was a Caldecott Medal Honor Book and ALA Notable Book. With typical zest and wry sense of humor, David Macaulay has traced the step-by-step planning and construction of both castle and town from the hiring of skilled master engineer to the actual test of castle defenses when hundreds of Welsh soldiers launch a direct attack. Softcover, 9-in.x 12-in., 80 pages, B&W. Cover price $8.95.

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    1st printing. By David Macaulay. CATHEDRAL received the distinguished German Jugendbuchpreis, was a New York Times Beast Illustrated Book of the Year, a Caldecott Medal Honor Book, and an ALA Notable Book. Since its publication in 1973, David Macaulay has acquired national and international acclaim. His books have been translated into a dozen different languages, and he has been honored by countless awards, including a medal from the American Institute of Architects for being "an outstanding illustrator and recorder of architectural accomplishments." Softcover, 9-in.x 12-in., 80 pages, B&W. Cover price $6.95.

  • Issue #1-REP
    Cathedral The Story of Its Construction SC (1973 Houghton Mifflin) By David Macaulay 1-REP

    2nd and later printings. NOTE: Covers on reprints may vary. By David Macaulay. CATHEDRAL received the distinguished German Jugendbuchpreis, was a New York Times Beast Illustrated Book of the Year, a Caldecott Medal Honor Book, and an ALA Notable Book. Since its publication in 1973, David Macaulay has acquired national and international acclaim. His books have been translated into a dozen different languages, and he has been honored by countless awards, including a medal from the American Institute of Architects for being "an outstanding illustrator and recorder of architectural accomplishments." Softcover, 9-in.x 12-in., 80 pages, B&W. Cover price $8.95.

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    1st printing. By David Macaulay. The superb design, magnificent illustrations, and clearly presented information that distinguished all of David Macaulay's books is nowhere more evident than in this marvelous creation of the imaginary Roman city of Verbonia. Through his impressively detailed drawings and clear descriptive text, Macaulay shows how superbly the Romans built new and exciting, yet functional, cities for the people who were to inhabit them. Softcover, 9-in.x 12-in., 112 pages, B&W. Cover price $6.95.

  • Issue #1-REP
    City A Story of Roman Planning and Construction SC (1974 Houghton Mifflin) By David Macaulay 1-REP

    2nd and later printings. NOTE: Covers on reprints may vary. By David Macaulay. The superb design, magnificent illustrations, and clearly presented information that distinguished all of David Macaulay's books is nowhere more evident than in this marvelous creation of the imaginary Roman city of Verbonia. Through his impressively detailed drawings and clear descriptive text, Macaulay shows how superbly the Romans built new and exciting, yet functional, cities for the people who were to inhabit them. Softcover, 9-in.x 12-in., 112 pages, B&W. Cover price $8.95.

  • Issue #1-1ST
    Comic Artist's Essential Photo Reference: People and Poses SC (2016 Krause) 1-1ST

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    1st printing. By Buddy Scalera. All the photo references you need from the best book on the topic, at a low price! A re-release of a classic on its 10-year anniversary year, artists learning to draw action scenes in comic styles need reference photos and almost all professional comic artists use reference photos. This book contains more than 500 awesome-quality, color photos in poses common to action, comic, fantasy and popular art. A re-design will be applied to the original book to make the most optimized, useful tool possible. You will get a link with the book to access additional reference photos online, as well as the step-by-step demonstrations. Softcover, 8 1/2-in. x 11-in., 128 pages, full color. Cover price $19.99.

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    Comic Book Artist's Workbook: Perspective SC (2019 B.E.S.) A Guided Logbook for Beginners 1-1ST Comic Book Artist's Workbook: Perspective SC (2019 B.E.S.) A Guided Logbook for Beginners 1-1ST

    1st printing.

    Instruction by Daniel Cooney.

    Aspiring comic book artists and storytellers will thoroughly enjoy this book!

    Seasoned author Daniel Cooney shows readers how to draw credible perspective from any point of view for convincing backgrounds and their relationships with the characters that inhabit them. This instructional book works like a journal filled with exercises for creating scenes in the context of storytelling. Practical demonstrations and interactive workbook grids to complete show readers how to enjoy the process as they develop their drawing mechanics and storytelling "chops."

    Softcover, 8-in. x 11-in., 176 pages, full color.

    Cover price $21.99.

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    Expanded Edition - 1st printing. By Will Eisner. This is the best single book on how to tell a story with words and pictures, by the master of the form and the father of the graphic novel. Legendary comics creator Will Eisner turns a fine eye toward the principles of graphic storytelling in this extraordinary work, based on his popular Sequential Art course at New York's School of Visual Art. One of the most insightful and dynamic examinations of the comic art form to date! Softcover, 8 1/2-in. x 11 1/2-in., 164 pages, B&W. Cover price $22.99.

  • Issue #1-REP
    Comics and Sequential Art SC (1990 Poorhouse Press) By Will Eisner Expanded Edition 1-REP

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    Expanded Edition - 2nd and later printings. By Will Eisner. This is the best single book on how to tell a story with words and pictures, by the master of the form and the father of the graphic novel. Legendary comics creator Will Eisner turns a fine eye toward the principles of graphic storytelling in this extraordinary work, based on his popular Sequential Art course at New York's School of Visual Art. One of the most insightful and dynamic examinations of the comic art form to date! Softcover, 8 1/2-in. x 11 1/2-in., 164 pages, B&W. Cover price $22.99.

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    Comics Easy as ABC HC (2019 Toon Books) 1-1ST Comics Easy as ABC HC (2019 Toon Books) 1-1ST

    1st printing.

    By Françoise Mouly.

    Filled with activities, Comics: Easy as ABC is a fun way for young readers to effortlessly and playfully start thinking like writers and artists.

    This simple guide is also aimed at parents, teachers, and librarians: all will enjoy learning the ABCs of this popular and rapidly growing medium. Children kindergarten-age and up are shown how to use basic shapes to make faces, eyes, noses, and design their own characters. Ivan Brunetti's funny and incisive advice on the language of comics (panels, lettering, balloons, and so much more) naturally leads budding artists and writers into thinking about their characters, settings, and prompts.

    A section with essential tips on how to read comics with young children rounds out the package.

    Hardcover, 8-in. x 11-in., 56 pages, full color. All Ages.

    Cover price $16.95.

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    Comics Easy as ABC SC (2019 Toon Books) 1-1ST Comics Easy as ABC SC (2019 Toon Books) 1-1ST

    1st printing.

    By Françoise Mouly.

    Filled with activities, Comics: Easy as ABC is a fun way for young readers to effortlessly and playfully start thinking like writers and artists.

    This simple guide is also aimed at parents, teachers, and librarians: all will enjoy learning the ABCs of this popular and rapidly growing medium. Children kindergarten-age and up are shown how to use basic shapes to make faces, eyes, noses, and design their own characters. Ivan Brunetti's funny and incisive advice on the language of comics (panels, lettering, balloons, and so much more) naturally leads budding artists and writers into thinking about their characters, settings, and prompts.

    A section with essential tips on how to read comics with young children rounds out the package.

    Softcover, 56 pages, full color. All Ages.

    Cover price $9.99.

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    Comics Writing: Communicating with Comic Books SC (2017 Caliber) 1-1ST

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    1st printing.

    Written by Steven P. Jones. Art by Christopher Jones and Aldin Baroza. Cover by Gary Scott Beatty.

    Discover the basics in comics writing from Steven Philip Jones, a veteran comic writer and comic writing instructor. Here is a step-by-step process of creating a comics script and how it is turned into a comic page. With examples and illustrations, if you're a writer and wanted to find out how to write and produce comic books, Comics Writing is for you.

    Softcover, 154 pages, B&W.

    Cover price $14.99.

  • Issue #1-1ST
    Compendium of Fantasy Art Techniques SC (2014 Barron's) 1-1ST

    1st printing. Artists interested in graphic novels, comic book illustration, or computer game graphics will find a veritable course load of instruction in this mega-fantasy art manual. Combining the best of three of Barron's top fantasy art titles, The Compendium of Fantasy Art Techniques presents easy-to follow instructions and step-by-step illustrations that will teach readers the essential techniques for creating the fantasy world of their dreams. Included is content from Drawing & Painting Fantasy Landscapes and Cityscapes, Drawing & Painting Fantasy Beasts, and Drawing & Painting Fantasy Figures. Softcover, 8 1/2-in. x 11-in., 288 pages, full color. Cover price $29.99.

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    1st printing. By John Adkins Richardson. Now, whether you've had any form training or not, this book offers ou step-by-step directions on how to do all types of cartoons and caricatures. In this practical guide, the author reveals the secrets of composition, characterization, and rendering used by professional cartoonists in such areas as single-panel gags, editorial cartoons, strips, comic books, greeting cards, and even animation. You'll learn what tools and techniques to use in drawing your cartoons, as well as how to prepare them for such printing processes as letterpress, halftone, and color. Including a section on how to get your work published, The Complete Book of Cartooning could be the first step to an interesting and rewarding career. Softcover, 6 1/2-in. x 9-in., 266 pages, B&W.

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    Complete Book of Cartooning SC (1977 A Spectrum Book) 1-REP

    2nd and later printings. By John Adkins Richardson. Now, whether you've had any form training or not, this book offers ou step-by-step directions on how to do all types of cartoons and caricatures. In this practical guide, the author reveals the secrets of composition, characterization, and rendering used by professional cartoonists in such areas as single-panel gags, editorial cartoons, strips, comic books, greeting cards, and even animation. You'll learn what tools and techniques to use in drawing your cartoons, as well as how to prepare them for such printing processes as letterpress, halftone, and color. Including a section on how to get your work published, The Complete Book of Cartooning could be the first step to an interesting and rewarding career. Softcover, 6 1/2-in. x 9-in., 266 pages, B&W. Cover price $6.95.

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    Crayola Designer Kit Manual SC (1982 Crayola) 1-1ST

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    1st printing. Instructional manual that includes several diagrams showing how to build different models of planes, trains, cars, etc. Softcover, 8-1/2-in. x 11-in., 28 pages, text with black, white, and red diagrams.

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    Creating Comics from Start to Finish SC (2011 Krause) 1-1ST

    1st printing. Readers will discover in detail how comic books are made-from brainstorming, writing and editing to penciling, inking and coloring-as told by top professionals who offer real-world advice for breaking into and staying in the business. Readers will enjoy in-depth interviews with respected industry insiders including: Mike Marts, Mark Waid, Darick Robertson, Chris Eliopoulos, and John Cerilli. Plus, unprecedented interviews with Marvel Comics Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada and comics legend Stan Lee. Softcover, 8 1/2-in. x 11-in., 176 pages, PC/PB&W. Cover price $24.99.

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    Creating Stylized Characters SC (2018 3dtotal Publishing) 1-1ST Creating Stylized Characters SC (2018 3dtotal Publishing) 1-1ST

    1st printing.

    Creating Stylized Characters gives readers a valuable insight into the popular art of character design. Professional illustrators, animators and cartoonists, well versed in creating characters for video games, comics and film, guide the reader through accessible tutorial projects packed with images and advice. Any budding artist will soon be able to draw characters of all ages, shapes and sizes! This entertaining, beginner-friendly book is applicable to both digital and traditional media, and delves into many essential aspects of the character development process, from real-world research, to sketching gestures and poses, to exploring different genres, personalities, and styles.

    Softcover, 8-in. x 11-in., 248 pages, full color. Cover price $36.99.

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    Creative Way to Draw Women SC (1968 Cornerstone Library) 1-1ST

    1st printing. By Arthur Zaidenberg. This book provides a basic approach to drawing women in all their grace, charm and beauty. Softcover, 5-in. x 7-in., 128 pages, B&W. Cover price $1.00.

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    Dare to Draw in 3-D Cartoon Critters (2002) 1-1ST Dare to Draw in 3-D Cartoon Critters (2002) 1-1ST

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    With Mark Kistler. Draw cool cartoons that POP off the page! Mark Kistler- one of kids' favorite Public Television cartoonists - will give you simple step-by-step tips on drawing imaginative animals, sea creatures, and bugs in THREE DIMENSIONS- like Drooling Dino, Electric Eels, Tearing T-rex, and more! Get the inside scoop on key art words, drawing the hard parts, and inventing your own funny on ferocious cartoon critters. Then prepare for a blast of pencil power! Weather you're a drawing rookie or a cartooning genius, you can draw with Mark Kistler. Softcover, 8 1/2 x 11-in, Red and white interior. Cover price $4.99.

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    DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics SC (2013) 1-1ST

    1st printing. Written and art by Carl Potts. Cover by Jim Lee. The most exciting and comprehensive book yet in the bestselling DC Comics how-to-draw series! From the bestselling DC Comics Guide series, this is the essential resource for aspiring comics creators looking to make intriguing, action-packed comics like the experts at DC Comics. Going beyond the typical art and writing lessons, this book shows readers how to take full advantage of comics' sequential visual storytelling possibilities. Writer Carl Potts presents key principles and techniques for crafting exciting professional-quality comics. This behind-the-curtain look at the DC Comics creative process is a can't-miss opportunity for aspiring comics creators, whether they want to work for DC Comics or invent their own unique comics creations. Introduction by Jim Lee. Softcover, 8-in. x 10 1/2-in., 192 pages, full color. Cover price $24.99.

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    Designing Creatures and Characters SC (2016 FW Media) 1-1ST

    1st printing. By Mark Holmes. Ever wondered how you could become a character designer for video games, film or animation? Veteran art director and concept artist Marc Taro Holmes shares proven methods for honing the skills and building the portfolio necessary to become a pro gaming artist. This is the first and only work-at-your-own pace home study program that teaches the crucial insider knowledge needed to break into the entertainment-design industry and develop your own style. The projects within this straightforward guide are constructed to help you apply your existing drawing and digital art skills to character design. Softcover, 8-in. x 10-in., 192 pages, full color. Cover price $27.99.

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    Digital Art Tutorials: Advanced Digital Coloring DVD (2015 Image) ITEM#1 Digital Art Tutorials: Advanced Digital Coloring DVD (2015 Image) ITEM#1

    Volume 1 - By Brian Haberlin. Includes: 7 complete lessons, using; 5 unique styles! (Includes modern takes on the airbrush style to bristle brush styles.); Learn to color and use colorized line art effectively. 90 min. | Instructor: Brian Haberlin | For Adobe Photoshop 7 (and up). Newcomers and seasoned pros alike will find fresh inspiration and techniques for their digital art toolbox! Cover price $29.99.

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    Digital Art Tutorials: Beginning Coloring DVD (2015 Image) ITEM#1

    Volume 1 - By Brian Haberlin. Watch step by step as Photoshop artist, Brian Haberlin, takes you through the basics of computer coloring. We start with a very basic coloring style then build to a more complex one. Showing how to flat and color with the Gradient tool along the way to learning more complex rendering. Recommended for those that are just starting out coloring or even Photoshop first timers. Cover price $29.99.

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    Digital Art Tutorials: Sketch to Paint DVD (2015 Image) ITEM#1 Digital Art Tutorials: Sketch to Paint DVD (2015 Image) ITEM#1

    Volume 1 - By Brian Haberlin. Includes: Mixed digital and analog media workflow. Transform quick sketches into exquisite digital paintings. ~148 min. | Instructor: Brian Haberlin | For Adobe Photoshop 7 (and up). Create artwork that cannot be done wholly through digital or traditional media. Exploit the strengths of each for truly distinctive paintings, step-by-step, by looking over the artist's shoulder! Cover price $29.99.

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    Digital Art Tutorials: Special Effects DVD (2015 Image) ITEM#1 Digital Art Tutorials: Special Effects DVD (2015 Image) ITEM#1

    Volume 1 - By Brian Haberlin. Includes: 25 FREE SPECIAL EFFECTS FILES! Use however you like...no strings attached! Perfect for beginners wanting to jumpstart the sizzle-factor in their work. ~80 min. | Instructor: Brian Haberlin | For Adobe Photoshop 7 (and up). Add sparkle and atmosphere, lasers and more to give the "WHIZ-BANG!" that make comics pop and 3D renders hum! Cover price $29.99.

  • Issue #1-1ST
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    Volume 1 - 1st printing. Digital Painting Techniques: Volume 1 offers a comprehensive cross-section of tips and techniques from some of the most accomplished digital artists in the industry today. A wide variety of popular subjects are covered from aliens, creature and humans through to robots, cityscapes and natural environments. The styles covered include speed painting, offering a more traditional impressionistic style and setting up custom brushes that can provide precise, technical and often time-saving techniques. Apply digital painting tutorials from the likes of Marc Brunet, Matt Dixon and Mélanie Delon to your own digital canvas and get inspired by some of the finest examples of digital painting in the stunning gallery section, which features artists such as Daniel Dociu, Jaime Jones, Raphaël Lacoste and Marta Dahlig. With the benefits that digital painting offers – such as the increased speed, freedom to experiment, efficient workflows and the ease of sharing work with online communities – this book has been compiled to help everyone interested in digital art to be the best that they can be. Learn from the masters tutorials, experiment with new tips and tricks and be inspired by the gorgeous artwork! Softcover, 8 1/2-in. x 11-in., 288 pages, PC/PB&W. Cover price $49.95.