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Book Image Animation Book: A Complete Guide to Animated Film Making-From Flip-Books to Sound Cartoons to 3-D Animation, The
by Kit Laybourne.


Book Image Animation: Learn How to Draw Animated Cartoons
by Preston Blair.


Book Image Animator's Workbook, The
by Tony White.


Book Image Bill Peet: An Autobiography

Illustrator Bill Peet tells his life story from being an animator on Disney pictures like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to a children?s book illustrator.


Book Image Cartooning; The Art and the Business
by Mort Gerberg.


Book Image Drawing on the Funny Side of the Brain: How to Come Up With Jokes for Cartoons and Comic Strips
by Christopher Hart.


Book Image Drawn & Quartered: The History of American Political Cartoons
by Stephen Hess, Sandy Northrop

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It's hard to imagine a book on this topic that's better than Drawn and Quartered. Authors Stephen Hess and Sandy Northrop have created a history that is lucid, authoritative, and fun. The profuse illustrations are, as one would expect, varied and entertaining. Even better, the cartoons featured do an excellent job of demonstrating the evolution of political cartooning from Ben Franklin (America's first editorial cartoonist) to the present.

Hess and Northrop do an excellent job of relating cartoons to the political and social climate in which they were created. For example, "Caricatures of [Martin Luther] King, Malcolm X, and the other African American leaders who rose to prominence [in the 1950s and 1960s] are hard to find. Cartoonists and their newspapers grew so sensitive to the volatility of caricaturing black leaders, fearing that they would be perceived as racial slurs.... Instead, cartoonists employed generic situations and peopled them with generic black figures. Martin Luther King Jr. became an invisible man in the cartoons of the [era]."

Readers casually interested in the topic will find Drawn and Quartered an entertaining and unique book. Aficionados will be satisfied with the book's sagacity and depth, and may even discover illustrators that they did not know. All will agree that Hess and Northrop deserve a round of applause. --Michael Gerber


Book Image Encyclopedia of Cartooning Techniques, The
by Steve Whitaker.


Book Image Gallop!: A Scanimation Picture Book
by Rufus Seder

There's never before been a book like Gallop! Employing a patented new technology called Scanimation, each page is a marvel that brings animals, along with one shining star, to life with art that literally moves. It's impossible not to flip the page, and flip it again, and again, and again.

A first book of motion for kids, it shows a horse in full gallop and a turtle swimming up the page. A dog runs, a cat springs, an eagle soars, and a butterfly flutters. Created by Rufus Butler Seder, an inventor, artist, and filmmaker fascinated by antique optical toys, Scanimation is a state-of-the-art six-phase animation process that combines the "persistence of vision" principle with a striped acetate overlay to give the illusion of movement. It harkens back to the old magical days of the kinetoscope, and the effect is astonishing, like a Muybridge photo series springing into action—or, in terms kids can relate to, like a video without a screen. Complementing the art is a delightful rhyming text full of simple questions and fun, nonsense replies: Can you gallop like a horse? giddyup-a-loo! Can you strut like a rooster? cock-a-doodle-doo!

Every child who opens the book will be amazed—and so will every parent.


Book Image How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way
by Stan Lee, John Buscema

Stan Lee, the Mighty Man from Marvel, and John Buscema, active and adventuresome artist behind the Silver Surfer, Conan the Barbarian, the Mighty Thor and Spider-Man, have collaborated on this comics compendium: an encyclopedia of information for creating your own superhero comic strips. Using artwork from Marvel comics as primary examples, Buscema graphically illustrates the hitherto mysterious methods of comic art. Stan Lee's pithy prose gives able assistance and advice to the apprentice artist. Bursting with Buscema's magnificent illustrations and Lee's laudable word-magic, How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way belongs in the library of every kid who has ever wanted to illustrate his or her own comic strip.


Book Image New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, The
by Betty Edwards
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This is an revised and expanded edition of a classic drawing text which applies the latest developments in brain research to learning to draw. Anyone interested in drawing or learning to draw should get this book whether they believe they can draw or not. My husband went from stick figures to beautiful drawings with this book.



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