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I started a similar thread on the Illustration board, and it seemed useful, so I thought we could use a similar resource thread here so it's all in one place. If you know of a great book or website or other resource, please add it to the list!

WRITING AND ILLUSTRATING THE GRAPHIC NOVEL by Mike Chinn

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO FIGURE DRAWING FOR COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS by Daniel Clooney

UNDERSTANDING COMICS by Scott McCloud
#1 - March 09, 2013, 11:54 AM
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Here's one more I found.

Writing and Illustrating the Graphic Novel by Daniel Cooney (Barrons, 2011).
#2 - March 10, 2013, 04:00 PM

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The best I have seen so far, in terms of technique certainly, are
Drawing Words and Writing Pictures


and
Mastering Comics


---which is the sequel. Both are by the incomparable Jessica Abel and Matt Madden. Their website is very useful too:

dw_wp.com


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I have a lot of affection for Will Eisner's Comics & Sequential Art.

Scott McCloud has a great website http://scottmccloud.com/
#4 - February 23, 2015, 06:15 AM

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These are great resources! Thank you for posting them. They are great to know about, a big help.
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Thanks for bumping this thread!

I have MAKING COMICS by Scott McCloud on order. I'm supposed to get it Tuesday. I really liked his Understanding Comics.

I've been taking some illustration courses at SVS ( https://svslearn.com/#%2F ) one of which was their How To Draw Comics course. They base it on the books by Scott McCloud and Will Eisner. Great course, and now that they do subscriptions i find it really affordable.

Another supposed to be good how to (that I haven't read yet) is FRAMED INK by Marcos Mateu-Mestre.
#6 - December 13, 2015, 10:58 AM
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Are these resources well-suited for writers who are not illustrators?
#7 - June 22, 2016, 07:40 PM

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Dionna, some are definitely artist oriented, but writing for GNs is a very visual process. A writer would likely get something useful out of them all. I do recommend Scott McCloud's books (mentioned on your other thread) for anyone, writer or illustrator, looking to learn about graphic novels.
#8 - June 22, 2016, 08:13 PM
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California College of the Arts is offering a Free Course via Kadenze, with Instructor Matt Silady. I've found it helpful.
 https://www.cca.edu/file/comics-art-relationship
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I found this super interesting - Victoria Jameson on "The Making of Roller Girl". She walks you through her whole process!
http://www.victoriajamieson.com/free-e-book/
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