About the Author-Illustrator:
Ilya draws on more than 30 years’ experience as a comics writer, artist and editor. His works have been published by Marvel, DC, Image, Kodansha and others. His books include Room for Love, Manga Drawing Kit, and a manga adaptation of King Lear.

CHICAGO—Creating a comic strip or book requires a good amount of forethought, organization and revision before each story can be shared with readers. Rather than present a textbook approach into teaching the crucial elements of comic book development, comic expert Ilya has created an interactive and personal resource for artists of all ages. This dynamic guide is formatted as a four-color comic book, complete with strategically placed panels, captions, thought bubbles, speech balloons and of course engaging illustrations that bring the message to life.

How to Draw Comics (Chicago Review Press; May 1, 2017) offers a hands-on experience for artists to apply helpful comic book standards to their own drawings, thereby creating highly engaging and readable content for their fans.

The first chapters of the book cover the balance between action and dialogue on the page—the proper ordering of panels and the strategic placement of descriptions, dialogue and action within each panel. Essential tips on modeling characters and how to effectively portray various emotions follow. Once artists have mastered these foundational tricks of the trade, Ilya guides them on how to plan the pacing of the story and bring everything together. Pages of practice exercises promote further playful creativity, and drive home the importance of perfecting one’s craft.

Jam-packed with solid advice and highly detailed comic samples from start to finish—from initial sketches to print-ready renderings—How to Draw Comics is an indispensable guide for all comic artists, novices and experienced pros alike.

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CHICAGO—Creating a comic strip or book requires a good amount of forethought, organization and revision before each story can be shared with readers. Rather than present a textbook approach into teaching the crucial elements of comic book development, comic expert Ilya has created an interactive and personal resource for...