Tuesday, December 2, 2014

{Book Review} Adventures in Cartooning by the Center for Cartoon Studies

This has got to be my captain E's favourtie book of the year. In fact, it's probably one of the best books you can get for little ones who love to draw, doodle or cartooning. 

Adventures in Cartooning: How to Turn Your Doodles into Comics!

Written and illustrated by James Strum, the founder of the Cartoon Studies center and his 2 former students, Andrew Arnold and Alexis Frederick-Frost, this paper bag book with 112 full colored pages is a real worthy buy. Dragon, knight, Princess, elf, magic.... It has all the ingredients to make it an award wining comic book. 

The story started with a princess who wanted to slay a dragon and to learn cartooning too. She met the magical drawing elf who taught her how and she ended up rescuing a bunch of Knights and defeating the dragon in the most hillarious way (or so it seemed to my E who laughed so loud when we were at page 90!)

It's one super fun book with interesting story lines and dialogs that makes you laugh-out-loud (literally LOL). It teaches you the essential techniques on comic or cartooning such as creating panels, using balloons, making story board, step-by-step guide on drawing a knight / horse / carrot etc. My little captain was so captivated by this book that he just read and re-read and re-read it every night. It seemed he will not grow bored of it for a long long time. He attempted his first comic drawing after reading it one afternoon but unfortunately I misplaced the drawing. Arrggg.. How careless. I promise I shall update this post with his drawing later.

Some sneak peak of the book..

How to make use of panels

Useful tips are everywhere..

Did I mentioned this book is too fun and cool not to own one? I did? Well, well...  check out the reviews, don't just take my words for it.

You can read the review or purchase the book online via...
MPH online (currently out of print, but you can request over the counter if you are seriously interested)

You can also find out more on James Strum's creative work by visiting his website at http://www.cartoonstudies.org/ now!


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