Copacetic Comics Studies, Part 2
Hands-On, How-To Books


Bridgman’s Complete Guide to Drawing from Life
by George B. Bridgman
retail price -  $17.95 copacetic price - $16.15

Constructive Anatomy
by George B. Bridgman
retail price -  $4.95 copacetic price - $4.45

The Human Machine
by George B. Bridgman
retail price - $5.95 copacetic price - $5.35

Visual Storytelling: The Art and Technique
by Tony Caputo w/Jim Steranko & w/intro by Harlan Ellison
retail price -  $24.95 copacetic price - $21.20

Tips from Top Cartoonists
edited by Don “Arr” Chritensen
with too many to mention from Alcala to Woch
 o/p 1982 edition copacetic price - o/s

Comics & Sequential Art
by Will Eisner

retail price - $22.99
copacetic price - $19.55

Graphic Storytelling
by Will Eisner
retail price -  $24.95 copacetic price - $21.20

The Art and Technique of Pen Drawing
by G. Montague Ellwood
retail price -  $9.95 copacetic price - $8.48

99 Ways to Tell a Story99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style
by Matt Madden
 Inspired by Raymond Queneau's 1947 opus, Exercises in Style, reigning comics formalist Madden undertook to transliterate this deconstructive approach to the practice of storytelling into the language of comics.  Six years in the making, 99 Ways has accomplished exactly that.  Taking the most mundane of events so as not distract from the formal elements, each of the 99 ways meticulously illustrated in this volume tell the story of Matt's journey from his drawing table to the refrigerator.  Absurd?  Yes, but that's the idea.  It's all about how, not about what.  It may sound like a crazy idea, but we're pretty sure that this volume will be used in classrooms for years to come as it opens the mind to possibilities inherent in conception at the same time as it focuses the concentration on the realities of execution.  It serves as a swell discussion starter as well.  And it's clear upon conclusion that there's easily another 99 ways still waiting to be told.
retail price -  $16.95  copacetic price - $15.25

Understanding Comics
by Scott McCloud
retail price - $19.95 copacetic price - $17.95

<>Reinventing Comics
by Scott McCloud
retail price - $19.95 copacetic price - $17.95

Making Comics
Making Comics:
Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels
by Scott McCloud
The author of the much heralded (and deservedly so!) Understanding Comics returns with a much anticipated new work designed for those who are ready to move beyond simply understanding and are ready, willing and able to take the plunge into actually making comics.  McCloud states,
"If you’ve ever felt there must be something more to making comics than just copying drawing styles then this is the book for you. In Making Comics, I’ll do my best to cover the storytelling secrets I don’t see any other books talking about."
retail price - $22.95  copacetic price - $19.50

The Art of Comic Book Inking
by Gary Martin with Steve Rude
featuring Brian Bolland, Kevin Nowlan, P. Craig Russell and many others
retail price -  $14.95 copacetic price - $13.45

The Art of Comic Book Inking, Volume 2
by Gary Martin with a little help from his friends
retail price -  $14.95 copacetic price - $13.45

The Encyclopedia of Cartooning Techniques:
a comprehensive visual guide to traditional and contemporary techniques
by Steve Whitaker
retail price -  $14.95 copacetic price - $13.45


How To Self-Publish Your Own Comic Book

by Tony C. Caputo
Take everything said here with a whopping dose of salt; not entirely without merit, however.
 retail price -  $19.95 copacetic price - $15.95

Spark Generators
Cartoonists and their Influences
edited by Jon “Bean” Hastings
essays/reminiscences in comics form by Barb Rausch, Trina Robbins, Dona Barr, Jeff Smith, Jeff Bonivert, Scott Saavedra, and others
retail price -  $13.95 copacetic price - $12.55

Watcha Mean ZineWhatcha Mean What's a Zine?
: The Art of Making Zines and Mini-Comics
by Mark Todd & Esther Pearl Watson
This is a nifty guide to zinemaking and zinestering that is a great primer for anyone who is getting started  -- or even thinking of getting started -- down the road of making a zine, and it's a perfect companion piece to Scott McCloud's aforementioned Making Comics. It's purposefully designed to be exactly the kind of guide that the authors wished they had when they started out.  In covers the practical ins and outs such as formats and print-marriage set ups, the pros and cons of various drawing tools and printing methods, and a wide array of binding methods that one might never think of on one's own. But there's much more as the authors bring in a bevy of talented cartoonists, zinesters and self-publishers to offer their artistic, poetic, historical and technical perspectives, encouragements and insights.  Among those creators featured are John Porcellino, Ron Regé, Jr., Souther Salazar, Dan Zettwoch, Martin Cendreda, Dave Kiersh, Allison Cole and Raina Lee.  All in all this book has a great feel and is sure to be enjoyed even by those who are well on their way down Zinester Avenue.  And it's bargain priced to boot!
retail price - $12.95  copacetic price - $11.69

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